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iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S3 vs HTC 8X / HTC Windows Phone 8X – Let’s Talk Stock Browser Performance

by Mihai Matei on October 30, 2012


The iPhone 5 has been compared and tested against some of the big players out there on many occasions. Obviously, the Samsung Galaxy S3 has been its biggest threat at launch and since both Samsung and Apple have a bit of a past, these two handsets have been fighting for the crown for weeks. We’ve seen camera comparisons, benchmark results and also browsing speeds. But the fact of the matter is that, with the arrival of the Windows Phone 8 and the hardware to support it, Apple might once again have to go head-to-head against its biggest nemesis: Microsoft.

To better understand this claim, today we’re going to talk about browsing speed tests and how well the HTC 8X / HTC Windows Phone 8X performed.

iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S3 vs HTC 8X / HTC Windows Phone 8X - Let's Talk Stock Browser Performance

iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S3 vs HTC 8X / HTC Windows Phone 8X - Let's Talk Stock Browser Performance

iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S3 vs HTC 8X / HTC Windows Phone 8X

The guys over at Engadget have previously got a hold on an HTC 8X unit and obviously, they’ve performed a few tests in order to determine how well it runs.

Among those benchmarks was the SunSpider JavaScript Benchmark and the results are pretty amazing. The HTC 8X manages to come out on top in front of every other smartphone currently available on the market, including the iPhone 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S3.

HTC 8X - SunSpider Benchmark Results

HTC 8X - SunSpider Benchmark Results

SupSpider is a benchmark that tests how fast a certain browser executes JavaScript, and since many webpages today are making extensive use of AJAX, the aforementioned benchmark is quite good at determining how fast a smartphone can load-up these particular pages. Nevertheless, the real-world performance might differ and not all webpages are the same, but still.

As you can see above the HTC 8X comes out on top and although not by a mile away, it even beats the iPhone 5 when it comes to handling JavaScript, let alone the Samsung Galaxy S3. HTC’s flagship phone was able to finish the test in less than a second (914 ms) and although the Snapdragon S4 chip powering the device is a pretty good CPU, chances are that this increase in browsing performance results from the new hardware-accelerated JavaScript engine that is to be found in IE10 and implicitly on the new Windows Phone 8 mobile OS.


With that in mind, the Nokia Lumia 920 should be able to perform pretty good as well and if that’s the case, then the iPhone 5 will lose yet again in front of Nokia’s flagship phone, at least on paper.

We’re as excited as ever to see the HTC Windows Phone 8X in action and we’re eager to see it hitting the market. Any thoughts?

Thanks WMPowerUser for the heads-up regarding the iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S3 vs HTC 8X browser benchmark.

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