HTC Desire 700 dual sim review: Smarts for size

GSMArena team, 05 February 2014.

Tags: HTC, Android

Synthetic benchmarks

The HTC Desire 700 dual sim packs a quad-core CPU and 1GB of RAM. The chipset is made by a company we are not so familiar with - Spreadtrum. Their Shark chipset uses Cortex-A7 cores as opposed to the Cortex-A5s on the Desire 600's Snapdragon 200, so we expected its performance to be around the same mark as the one of the Snapdragon 400.

The four cores run at 1.2GHz each. The Spreadtrum Shark also includes the now ageing Mali-400 GPU alongside 1GB of RAM.

The Cortex-A7 cores aren't the best performers out there so we don't expect much from the Spreadtrum Shark in the following series of benchmark tests. Still, these cores should be able to outperform the Cortex-A5 cores in the Snapdragon 200 easily.

Single-threaded performance was quite disappointing - the Desire 700 dual sim even came behind the Desire 600 dual sim.

Benchmark Pi

Lower is better

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 mini
    166
  • Sony Xperia Z
    264
  • HTC Butterfly
    266
  • Oppo Find 5
    267
  • HTC One X+
    280
  • LG Optimus G
    285
  • HTC One mini
    293
  • Samsung Galaxy Express
    346
  • Sony Xperia C
    374
  • Motorola Moto G
    392
  • Sony Xperia M
    400
  • Samsung Galaxy S II Plus
    409
  • Sony Xperia L
    435
  • Samsung Galaxy S III mini
    499
  • Samsung Galaxy Ace 3
    519
  • Sony Xperia go
    543
  • HTC Desire 600 dual sim
    554
  • HTC Desire 700 dual sim
    578
  • Samsung Galaxy Core
    578
  • HTC Desire X
    639
  • Sony Xperia E dual
    800
  • Samsung Galaxy Young
    831

GeekBench is a compound benchmark, which tests memory speed in addition to CPU performance. Here, the Desire 700 dual sim got the last place. The least we can say is it didn't fare well against its Snapdragon 400 competitors.

Geekbench 3

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3
    2937
  • Sony Xperia Z Ultra
    2670
  • Sony Xperia Z1
    2638
  • Apple iPhone 5s
    2561
  • LG Nexus 5
    2453
  • LG G2
    2243
  • HTC One
    1972
  • HTC One Max
    1899
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (S600)
    1869
  • LG Optimus G
    1623
  • Meizu MX3
    1579
  • Huawei Ascend P6
    1315
  • LG Nexus 4
    1288
  • HTC Butterfly
    1257
  • Motorola Moto G
    1120
  • Sony Xperia C
    1079
  • Oppo R819
    1047
  • HTC One mini
    887
  • Samsung Galaxy Ace 3
    564
  • HTC Desire 700 dual sim
    310

AnTuTu put the HTC Desire 700 dual sim slightly below the One mini and above the Desire 600 dual sim and the Galaxy Ace 3.

AnTuTu

Higher is better

  • HTC One
    22678
  • Sony Xperia Z
    20794
  • Motorola Moto G
    17214
  • Oppo Find 5
    15167
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 mini
    14518
  • Sony Xperia C
    13948
  • HTC Butterfly
    12631
  • HTC One mini
    11434
  • HTC Desire 700 dual sim
    11370
  • HTC Desire 600 dual sim
    11203
  • Samsung Galaxy Ace 3
    10448
  • Sony Xperia M
    9902
  • Sony Xperia L
    9746
  • Nokia Lumia 620
    9140
  • Samsung Galaxy Core
    7408
  • Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2
    6650

Quadrant gave the Desire 700 dual sim the boot, placing it with the smartphone ending light-years behind smartphones that are much cheaper than it like the Motorola Moto G.

Quadrant

Higher is better

  • Motorola Moto G
    8508
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 mini
    7153
  • HTC One mini
    6048
  • Sony Xperia V
    5816
  • HTC Desire 600 dual sim
    5053
  • Samsung Galaxy Express
    4998
  • Sony Xperia C
    4941
  • Sony Xperia L
    4279
  • Sony Xperia M
    4147
  • Samsung Galaxy Core
    3240
  • HTC Desire 700 dual sim
    3219
  • Samsung Galaxy Core
    3152

The new Basemark X tests a little bit of everything but since we have only used it on flagship devices so far, the Desire 700 dual sim never stood a chance of getting anything but the last spot in our results table.

Basemark X

Higher is better

  • LG Nexus 5
    985
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3
    961
  • Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
    931
  • LG G2
    879
  • HTC Desire 700 dual sim
    172

Because of the now-low-end Mali-400 that's running the graphics department in the Spreadtrum Shark, we had to reside back to the NenaMark 2 benchmark. Unlike mid- and high-end devices, the Desire 700 dual sim GPU didn't max out this test, but it still led the Adreno 203 by 18 frames.

NenaMark 2

Higher is better

  • HTC Desire 700 dual sim
    56.0
  • HTC Desire 600 dual sim
    38.8
  • Sony Xperia E dual
    27.7
  • Samsung Galaxy Fame
    26.9
  • HTC Sensation XE
    23.0
  • Sony Xperia J
    19.6
  • LG Optimus L7
    19.3
  • Sony Xperia miro
    15.9
  • Samsung Galaxy mini 2
    15.4
  • HTC Explorer
    15.1
  • Samsung Galaxy Y Duos
    13.2
  • Samsung Galaxy Pocket
    12.9
  • Samsung Galaxy Ace
    12.0

To put the graphic prowess of the Mali-400 in perspective we performed the T-Rex 1080p offscreen test - the Desire 700 dual sim managed to pump out mere 3.2 frames per second, although chances are it will never have to face 1080p screens in real life.

GFXBenchmark 2.7 T-Rex (1080p off-screen)

Higher is better

  • Sony Xperia Z1
    23
  • Sony Xperia Z Ultra
    23
  • LG G2
    22
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (S600)
    17.1
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (Octa)
    17.1
  • Apple iPad 4
    16.8
  • HTC Butterfly S
    16
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 Active
    16
  • Google Nexus 10
    13.9
  • LG Optimus G
    13.9
  • Sony Xperia Z
    13.5
  • Sony Xperia Tablet Z
    13
  • Sony Xperia ZL
    12.8
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 mini
    6.4
  • Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3
    6.3
  • HTC One mini
    5.6
  • Motorola Moto G
    5.6
  • Samsung Galaxy Note II
    4.9
  • HTC Desire 700 dual sim
    3.2
  • Sony Xperia C
    2.8

Epic Citadel delivered a very solid score for the Desire 700 dual sim, but you have got to bear in mind it runs at the native resolution - in this case 540 x 960 px so don't go rushing in comparing it to flagship phones, which have 1080p screens. It's still a good score from the Mali 400, showing why it's so successful years after its initial release in 2010.

Epic Citadel

Higher is better

  • Sony Xperia Z1
    54.9
  • Sony Xperia Z Ultra
    54.9
  • LG G2
    51
  • HTC Desire 700 dual sim
    49.5
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (S600)
    37.2
  • Sony Xperia C
    36.3
  • HTC One
    35.6
  • Motorola Moto G
    34
  • HTC Butterfly
    29.6

Now it's time to move onto web performance testing. We start with the JavaScript benchmark SunSpider. Here, the HTC Desire 700 dual sim browser produced a mediocre showing, although it's about in line with what its specs sheet suggests. BrowserMark 2 and Vellamo told similar stories.

SunSpider

Lower is better

  • Apple iPhone 5s
    403
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3
    587
  • Apple iPhone 5
    694
  • Apple iPhone 5c
    704
  • Sony Xperia Z Ultra
    750
  • LG Nexus 5
    827
  • Sony Xperia Z1
    845
  • Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
    855
  • LG G2
    908
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (S600)
    1046
  • HTC One
    1174
  • HTC One mini
    1375
  • HTC Desire 700 dual sim
    1853

BrowserMark 2

Higher is better

  • Apple iPhone 5s
    3549
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3
    3041
  • Apple iPhone 5
    2825
  • Apple iPhone 5c
    2799
  • Oppo N1
    2769
  • LG Nexus 5
    2745
  • LG G2
    2718
  • Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
    2600
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (S600)
    2438
  • Sony Xperia Z Ultra
    2419
  • Sony Xperia Z1
    2398
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 mini
    2314
  • HTC One
    2262
  • HTC One mini
    2164
  • HTC Desire 700 dual sim
    1354

Vellamo

Higher is better

  • Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
    2996
  • Sony Xperia Z Ultra
    2944
  • LG G2
    2908
  • Sony Xperia Z1
    2904
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3
    2853
  • Samsung Galaxy Note II
    2418
  • HTC One
    2382
  • HTC One mini
    2252
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (S600)
    2060
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (Octa)
    2056
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 mini
    2019
  • HTC Desire 700 dual sim
    1264

The HTC Desire 700 dual sim obviously has problems with the benchmark performance at this stage. Barely beating Snapdragon 200 chipsets and their Cortex-A5 CPUs suggests that there's a lot of tuning still required. Good news is things aren't quite so dramatic in real life and the Desire 700 dual sim isn't terribly slow - in fact it's quite acceptable.

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