updated 10:20 am EDT, Mon April 18, 2011
Samsung Galaxy S II beats HTC Sensation in tests
HTC's just-unveiled Sensation has already been pitted against the Galaxy S II in early, pre-release benchmarks that might suggest trouble for the newer phone. A Smartbench test from TomPDA has the Sensation, under its Pyramid codename, scoring at most 1,898 under the productivity tests and 1,642 for graphics. The Galaxy S II's own Samsung-made Exynos chip brings it to respective scores of 3,732 and 2,431.
The differences came in spite of both phones using dual-core 1.2GHz processors. While both chips aren't directly verifiable, it's possible Samsung's use of a different graphics core plays a part. Qualcomm's Adreno 220 in the Snapdragon MSM8260 processor it's using is much faster than than the 205 in its existing phones, but Samsung is using a new ARM Mali-400MP multi-core chip that could itself be a leap over what Qualcomm has.
Other factors could affect the subjective tests, such as HTC's and Samsung's custom Android interfaces. Both are using Android 2.3 underneath.
Samsung is due to be the first to shops with its phone and will have the Galaxy S II in the UK on May 1 where the Sensation and its Evo 3D equivalent for Sprint are due in the summer.