Motorola Moto X hands-on: First look

GSMArena team, 01 August 2013.
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Synthetic benchmarks

The Moto X uses the custom X8 chipset that Motorola used in the DROID Maxx, Ultra and Mini. It's a Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset with two Krait cores at 1.7GHz, 2GB RAM and Adreno 320GPU, plus some extra hardware to handle some proprietary features.

Single-core performance as measured by benchmarks is about what you can expect it's the same as the Sony Xperia SP (which uses the same chipset) and slightly slower than Snapdragon 600-powered smartphones at the same clockspeed.

Multi-threaded performance is a little over a half of the Snapdragon 600 performance, according to Linpack or about the same, according to Geekbench 2 (we're willing to side with Linpack on this one).

Benchmark Pi

Lower is better

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (Octa)
    132
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (S600)
    132
  • LG Optimus G Pro
    147
  • HTC One
    151
  • Sony Xperia SP
    184
  • Motorola Moto X
    192
  • Sony Xperia Z
    264
  • HTC Butterfly
    266
  • Oppo Find 5
    267
  • HTC One X+
    280
  • LG Optimus G
    285
  • Samsung Galaxy Note II
    305
  • HTC One X (Tegra 3)
    330
  • LG Optimus 4X HD
    350
  • Samsung Galaxy S III
    359
  • Meizu MX 4-core
    362
  • Nexus 4
    431

Linpack

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (Octa)
    791
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (S600)
    788
  • LG Optimus G Pro
    743
  • HTC One
    646
  • Sony Xperia Z
    630
  • HTC Butterfly
    624
  • LG Optimus G
    608
  • Oppo Find 5
    593
  • Motorola Moto X
    391
  • Sony Xperia SP
    348
  • Samsung Galaxy Note II
    214.3
  • Nexus 4
    213.5
  • Meizu MX 4-core
    189.1
  • HTC One X+
    177.7
  • Samsung Galaxy S III
    175.5
  • HTC One X
    160.9
  • LG Optimus 4X HD
    141.5

Geekbench 2

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (Octa)
    3324
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (S600)
    3227
  • LG Optimus G Pro
    3040
  • HTC One
    2708
  • Sony Xperia Z
    2173
  • Motorola Moto X
    2123
  • Sony Xperia SP
    2105
  • HTC Butterfly
    2143
  • Samsung Galaxy S III
    1845
  • LG Optimus G
    1723
  • LG Optimus 4X HD
    1661
  • iPhone 5
    1601

However, compound benchmarks like AnTuTu and Quadrant also report blazing fast performance, close to quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro chipsets and very close to even Snapdragon 600 chipsets.

AnTuTu

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (Octa)
    26275
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (S600)
    24716
  • HTC One
    22678
  • Sony Xperia Z
    20794
  • LG Optimus G Pro
    20056
  • HTC Butterfly
    19513
  • Motorola Moto X
    19031
  • Sony Xperia SP
    15874
  • Samsung Galaxy S III
    15547
  • Oppo Find 5
    15167

Quadrant

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (Octa)
    12446
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (S600)
    12376
  • LG Optimus G Pro
    12105
  • HTC One
    11746
  • Motorola Moto X
    9018
  • Sony Xperia Z
    8075
  • Sony Xperia SP
    7897
  • HTC One X+
    7632
  • LG Optimus G
    7439
  • Oppo Find 5
    7111
  • HTC One X
    5952
  • Samsung Galaxy Note II
    5916
  • Samsung Galaxy S III
    5450
  • Meizu MX 4-core
    5170
  • Nexus 4
    4567

3D performance is a strong suit for the Moto X it has a quad-core Adreno 320 GPU, same as the current 1080p flagships and it only has to push 720p resolution to the screen. 1080p offscreen performance is good too, so 720p games can push the quality even higher without degrading the performance too much.

GLBenchmark 2.5 Egypt (1080p off-screen)

Higher is better

  • Motorola Moto X
    43
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (Octa)
    43
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (S600)
    41
  • HTC One
    37
  • Oppo Find 5
    32
  • Google Nexus 4
    32
  • Sony Xperia SP
    31
  • Sony Xperia Z
    31
  • Sony Xperia ZL
    31
  • Sony Xperia SP
    31
  • Apple iPhone 5
    30
  • LG Optimus G Pro
    30
  • LG Optimus G
    21
  • Samsung Galaxy Note II
    17
  • HTC One X
    11

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

Higher is better

  • Samsung I9505 Galaxy S4
    17.1
  • Samsung I9500 Galaxy S4
    17.1
  • Apple iPad 4
    16.8
  • Motorola Moto X
    16
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 Active
    16
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 GPE
    15
  • HTC One GPE
    13.9
  • LG Optimus G
    13.9
  • Sony Xperia Z
    13.5
  • Sony Xperia Tablet Z
    13
  • Sony Xperia ZR
    13
  • Sony Xperia ZL
    12.8
  • Samsung Galaxy Note II
    4.9

Epic Citadel

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (Octa)
    59.8
  • Motorola Moto X
    59.6
  • Sony Xperia SP
    58.0
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (S600)
    57.1
  • HTC One
    56.4
  • Sony Xperia Z
    55.6
  • LG Optimus G Pro
    54.2
  • Nexus 4
    53.9
  • Asus Padfone 2
    53.4
  • LG Optimus G
    52.6
  • Samsung Galaxy S III
    41.3
  • Oppo Find 5
    38.6

Web browser performance turned out excellent too. JavaScript performance is about average (when compared against 2013 flagships), but overall browsing performance is top notch (helped in part by the sub-1080p resolution).

SunSpider

Lower is better

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (Octa)
    804
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (S600)
    810
  • Samsung Ativ S
    891
  • Apple iPhone 5
    915
  • Nokia Lumia 920
    910
  • Samsung Galaxy Note II
    972
  • HTC One X+
    1001
  • LG Optimus G Pro
    1011
  • Motorola Moto X
    1050
  • Motorola RAZR i XT890
    1059
  • Sony Xperia SP
    1116
  • HTC One
    1124
  • Samsung Galaxy S III
    1192
  • Meizu MX 4-core
    1312
  • Sony Xperia Z
    1336
  • LG Optimus G
    1353
  • HTC Butterfly
    1433
  • Nexus 4
    1971
  • Oppo Find 5
    2045

Vellamo

Higher is better

  • Sony Xperia SP
    2497
  • Motorola Moto X
    2446
  • Samsung Galaxy Note II
    2418
  • HTC One
    2382
  • Sony Xperia Z
    2189
  • HTC One X (Tegra 3)
    2078
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (S600)
    2060
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (Octa)
    2056
  • HTC Butterfly
    1866
  • Oppo Find 5
    1658
  • Samsung Galaxy S III
    1641
  • LG Optimus 4X HD
    1568
  • LG Optimus G
    1522
  • Meizu MX 4-core
    1468
  • Nexus 4
    1310
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