HTC Pyramid Said Benchmarked; Dual-Core Snapdragon Disappoints
HTC Pyramid, spotted just yesterday in product renders shows up again today with some interesting benchmark results from the dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon platform. Utilizing the MSM8260 1.2GHz dual-core CPU and coupled with the Adreno 220 GPU, the device manages to place middle-of-the-road performance for a 2011 smartphone.
Benchmarked in the Smartbench 2011 Android app, the device scores 1743 on the productivity test, and 1642 on the gaming test. The productivity test focuses on CPU performance while the games test focuses on GPU performance. When compared to HTC’s other Qualcomm Snapdragon single-core devices clocked at slower speeds, the Pyramid only manages to pull about 70% more performance out of the CPU. This is rather underwhelming given the higher clock speed – although based on the Scorpion design, which has less performance per clock vs. the Cortex A9, the higher clock speed should put the Pyramid’s performance on par with the Desire HD.
The GPU performance also leaves some to be desired, performing only 30% faster than the Adreno 205 GPU in the MSM8255. Qualcomm boasts that the Adreno 220 GPU has performance several times greater than previous GPUs, and will be competetive with console gaming systems.
A second test was also conducted on the HTC Pyramid, this time running Android Gingerbread 2.3.3 (vs. 2.3.2 on the first test) – the results of the second test were even more underwhelming at 1728 productivity score and 1403 gaming score. Perhaps these early tests are done on a prototype device not yet ready for production. It is worth noting that the provided screenshot was not taken from the actual device being tested, as it is 480×800 and the result would be labeled “My device (HTC Pyramid)”.