Last time I looked at MSM8x60 it was at 1.5 GHz inside the Qualcomm Mobile Development Platform (MDP). We benchmarked it and found performance to be pretty compelling, with the caveat that this was a development board with none of the power management OEMs use in real products.

Qualcomm MSM8660 MDP

It seems like a long time since we touched that MDP, but this time we're looking at production hardware that's very close to launch (and the Sensation is already shipping in Europe), after OEM power optimizations and with a lower base clock of 1.2 GHz. Keep in mind that both devices are now running at qHD (960x540) as opposed to the WVGA (800x480) that the MDP and most other Android phones are running at. We still haven't found a way to do this very effectively in our graphs (it's coming soon), but as of right now, the HTC Sensation, HTC EVO 3D, and Atrix are the only qHD devices we've tested.

In my limited time available, I was only able to run Egypt and Pro from GLBenchmark 2.0 (latest build, on both the Sensation and EVO 3D. The graphs are unfortunately again a bit deceptive since we're dealing with 1.35x as many pixels in qHD than we are with WVGA. If you factor in the 25% decrease in clock speed between 1.5 GHz from the MDP to 1.2 GHz in MSM8x60 shipping in devices now, and keep assume a linear scaling (which is honestly something we should never do, but here it gives a ballpark estimate), we get around 23 FPS expected performance on the Sensation/EVO 3D in Egypt. Compare that to the ~21 FPS we get in that test on those devices, and things look almost where they should be. 

All things considered, performance doesn't seem to take that big of a hit going from MDP to real implementation, at least in the Egypt test. Again, we're going to explore this in more depth in the HTC Sensation review. 

GLBenchmark 2.0 - Egypt

The Pro subtest is a bit more difficult to interpret since we're essentially back up against the framerate cap in this test. I didn't run the test to figure out what the Sensation and EVO 3D's respective caps are, but it should be in the neighborhood of 50-60 fps. 

GLBenchmark 2.0 - PRO

SunSpider and Browsermark are the odd tests here. Performance isn't at the top or even competitive with the other dual-core SoC on the charts, Tegra 2. Instead, the Sensation and EVO 3D scores hang back a little bit. It's entirely possible that at least in BrowserMark some of this is the difference in resolution, but SunSpider just shows some aberrant behavior. From what I've learned at Uplinq (and a story is coming on it soon as well) Qualcomm closely works with OEM partners and the V8 project to optimize V8, the JavaScript engine in Android's browser, for the Scorpion CPU architecture, so we should in theory see better performance. 

SunSpider Javascript Benchmark 0.9

Rightware BrowserMark

We still have a lot more testing to do when the Sensation hits our doorstep, and in spite of the curious browser benchmark performance numbers, the both MSM8x60 devices felt incredibly speedy in the hand. 

Physical Impressions
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  • jigglywiggly - Friday, June 3, 2011 - link

    post picture comparisons between the cameras plox, I want to see how good the evo 3d's 5 megapixel rear camera is.
  • Brian Klug - Friday, June 3, 2011 - link

    I definitely took some 2D and 3D photos with the HTC EVO 3D, however HTC wasn't ready to let me take them quite yet since it isn't final and there's a likelihood things might change on the camera.

  • Omid.M - Friday, June 3, 2011 - link

    Set up your Picasa account on the phone (or DropBox) and upload photos as you take them...

    I thought you said all qHD panels (in mobile devices) are currently Pentile only? Can you at some point identify what panel(s) HTC is using to give us Pentile-free qHD? I'm really curious.

    The SLCD on the Incredible 2 is beautiful and Pentile free, but not qHD.

    I just wish I could activated the EVO 3D on Verizon. Damn.


    P.S. Posted your interview with Uplinq all over the place.
  • Brian Klug - Friday, June 3, 2011 - link

    Earlier it did look like the qHD panels were all going to be pentile. Now it's looking like only Motorola qHD LCD screens are going to be pentile, and HTC is just going to use an RGB stripe. I got a Droid X2 in last Friday, and compared to the Sensation/EVO 3D, I think RGB stripe wins by a fair margin.

  • logic_88 - Friday, June 3, 2011 - link

    Where did you get the information that it's a "Super LCD (IPS)" panel? Just curious.
  • Trisagion - Friday, June 3, 2011 - link

    ... But, where is the Samsung Galaxy S2 review? Come on guys, it's been a month since it launched in Korea. In this global day and age you shouldn't wait for it to hit the U.S before doing a review :)
  • A5 - Friday, June 3, 2011 - link

    I assume they haven't reviewed the SGS2 because they don't have a review sample. They aren't going to spend $600+ to import a phone when they can just wait and get a review sample for free.
  • Mike1111 - Friday, June 3, 2011 - link

    Why is the iPad in the charts but the iPad 2 (arguably the SoC with the most powerful GPU) is missing?
  • FATCamaro - Friday, June 3, 2011 - link

    Because AT doesn't want to piss of its rabidly anti Apple readers. Amirite?
  • softdrinkviking - Monday, June 6, 2011 - link

    I think it's cause it's not really the same type of device. This isn't a tablet review. I suppose the iPad was just put there as a point if reference.

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