HTC Sensation Graphics Benchmarked, Compared
HTC’s Sensation makes it’s benchmark debut, showing up in a series of tests on the GLBenchmark website. The smartphone was tested on GLBenchmark 2.0, but unfortunately only one test was run, giving us a very narrow perspective to compare. We had previously seen the Sensation benchmarked as the HTC Pyramid, where it produced rather sub-par results.
The Adreno 220 GPU inside HTC’s Sensation scored about 7% higher than the Tegra 2 GPU in the Atrix, edging out it’s performance by a small margin. Adjusting the Optimus 2X score by .65x (to account for the smaller number of pixels it’s pushing) shows the Adreno 220 with a solid lead, performing 26% faster. Throwing in Samsung’s Galaxy S, one of the fastest single-core GPU offerings shows the Adreno 220 with a 41% lead adjusting for resolution, a substantial increase in performance.
When comparing these results it’s important to keep in mind that the HTC Sensation and Motorola Atrix are both driving a resolution of 960×540 while the LG Optimus 2X and Samsung Galaxy S are driving 800×480. This is 1.35x the number of pixels, and the scores should be adjusted accordingly. Sensation and Galaxy S II were also tested running Android Gingerbread while the remaining phones were tested on Froyo, which may also impact the end results due to improved GPU utilization in Gingerbread. Sensation also enjoys a 200MHz speed increase vs. the other platforms, giving it an advantage. Overall we would have expected a more impressive showing from HTC’s latest, but again this is only the result of a single test and cannot be taken as representative of overall performance, yet gives us a good idea of where the device may stand upon release.