Feel a little bored tonight so I decided to let my Jolla Phone run through some Android benchmarks to see, how it performs compared to Android Phones.
Why? Because I am sick and tired to read over an over again concerns about the average hardware of the Jolla Phone. Connected to the idea, that Android Apps are not running in their native environment, obviously many people fear a lack of performance, whilst me , using it daily I see no deficits there even in 3D Gaming. It is just running quite smooth always.
Maybe one should keep in mind, that also on an Android device Apps are generally running in a virtual environment, being compiled JIT or, with latest andreot release, AOT live in the machine.
So, what I will do is run some several benchmarks, write down the result and the name of the closest Android Phone plus some details. I will stick with the basic benchmark output and will not go too much into detail. All test runs are performed without any other apps running but connected to WiFi.
1st test to run: Vellamo Benchmark.
In Multicore Test we end up at 1001 Points which is close to Samsung Galaxy S3 with 1126 points. (for comparison: Galaxy S5 comes up with 1647 points).
In Single Core Test (Metal, as they call it in Vellamo) the Jolla ends up at 661 points, which is right between Moto G and LG Nexus. Galaxy S3 is at 624 points.
For comparison: The Galaxy S3 comes with a Quad-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A9 and Mali-400MP4 GPU whilst Jolla „only“ can offer a Qualcomm Dual Core 1.4GHz and Adreno 305 GPU…
(Vellamo of course comes from Qualcomm, so this one may be „optimized“ for Qualcomm CPUs)
2nd test goes for Antutu Benchmark.
Total score is 16191, next better contestant is Lenovo K900, which is slightly above 21000. For comparison, Galaxy S5 comes up with 42000.
Lenovo K900 comes with an Intel Atom Z2580 Dual-core 2 GHz and PowerVR SGX544 GPU. Nexus 4, which is slightly above K900 in benchmark runs with Qualcomm APQ8064 Snapdragon Quad-core 1.5 GHz Krait with Adreno 320 GPU.
Detail Statement of Antutu states General CPU and 2D performance but Excellent 3D Graphics and support for „large mobile games“.
3rd test goes for Quadrant, running the full benchmark.
Total Score ends up at 3821 points which is higher than Motorola Atrix 4G with some 2500 and smaller than Asus Transformer prime TF201 with some 4000 points.
CPU is comparable to Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Memory is more than double of all competitors, I/O also best in the field, 2D and 3D each about average of the field.
For comparison, Motorola Atrix 4G comes with Dual-core 1 GHz Cortex-A9 Nvidia Tegra 2 AP20H, Asus Transformer Prime TF201 comes with a Quad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A9 Nvidia Tegra 3.
Based on my experience with the device and backed by the results shown above one thing can be said quite clear, which is, that the performance of Android Apps on Jolla is definitely better than it can be expected from a Qualcomm Dual Core 1.4GHz in an Android phone. It can obviously play, at least resultwise, together with some Androids which are specwise far ahead.
As a direct comparison, I found some results for HTC one mini, which is using same CPU and GPU as Jolla, these are as follows:
For Vellamo Metal: 611
For Antutu: 11363
For Quadrant: 6048 (this result seems strange to me, one of the secrets of benchmarks…)
Especially Antutu shows some considerable difference but also Vellamo shows 10% advantage for Jolla. So seemingly the Android machine compiling Android Software in Jolla works quite efficient.
Maybe I will digg into this a little deeper in future…
Jolla received an update which should bring some improvements on Android Apps, too.
Just a first check shows that Quadrant is more or less similar as before, Antutu goes for 16257 which is also quite similar.