Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 review: Minor league

Hristo Zlatanov, 18 November 2013.
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Tags: Samsung, Android

Synthetic benchmarks

The Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 is powered by a Broadcom BCM21664 chipset, which is the same as what's found on some other entry-level offerings like the Samsung Galaxy Fame. On the regular Galaxy Ace 3 and our dual-SIM model, the CPU is clocked at 1GHz, while on the LTE version it goes up to 1.2 GHz. The Galaxy Ace 2 also had a dual-core CPU but it was of the now-defunct NovaThor variety and it maxed out at 800MHz.

Broadcom chips tend to excel at web applications while falling behind slightly in generally processing and graphics performance, so we were eager to see how much better it is than the Ace 2's dual-core 800 MHz NovaThor chipset.

Single-threaded performance of the Ace 3 turned out just as expectedly towards the bottom of the pack due to the low clock speed. The Ace 3 does outperform some of the lesser Sony and Samsung offerings, however.

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 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
  • Samsung Galaxy Core
    578
  • HTC Desire X
    639
  • Sony Xperia E dual
    800
  • Samsung Galaxy Young
    831

Linpack

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy S4
    788
  • HTC One
    646
  • Sony Xperia Z
    630
  • HTC Butterfly
    624
  • LG Optimus G
    608
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 mini
    413
  • Sony Xperia SP
    348
  • HTC One mini
    320
  • Nexus 4
    213.5
  • Sony Xperia L
    191
  • HTC One X+
    177
  • Samsung Galaxy S III
    175
  • Sony Xperia M
    168.3
  • HTC One X
    160
  • LG Optimus 4X HD
    141
  • HTC Desire 600 dual sim
    107.7
  • Samsung Galaxy Core
    85
  • Samsung Galaxy Ace 3
    68

Geekbench 3 tests out the CPU as well as memory performance. Here the Ace 3 did not stack up well against the competition, but you have got to remember it runs against mostly flagship-grade devices.

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
  • Oppo R819
    1047
  • HTC One mini
    887
  • Samsung Galaxy Ace 3
    564

AnTuTu and Quadrant are compound benchmarks, giving the CPU, GPU and memory a run. Here the Galaxy Ace 3 is able to gain back some lost ground, particularly in AnTuTu.

AnTuTu

Higher is better

  • HTC One
    22678
  • Sony Xperia Z
    20794
  • Oppo Find 5
    15167
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 mini
    14518
  • HTC Butterfly
    12631
  • HTC One mini
    11434
  • 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

Higher is better

  • 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 L
    4279
  • Sony Xperia M
    4147
  • Samsung Galaxy Core
    3240
  • Samsung Galaxy Core
    3152

The VideoCore IV GPU found on the Ace 3 is decidedly several steps behind most flagship graphics units, so we've decided to forego our usual GFXBench offscreen GPU benchmarks. Epic Citadel refused to run on the Ace 3, so we had to dig up some older Nenamark 2 benchmarks for comparison. Here the device scores better than most older smartphones in its class.

NenaMark 2

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy Fame
    47.3
  • 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

Finally, we move on to the web browsing benchmarks, which has been traditionally a strong point for Broadcom processors, particularly when it comes to HTML 5. The Ace 3 manages decent results, but nothing particularly impressive.

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
  • LG G2
    908
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (S600)
    1046
  • Meizu MX3
    1085
  • HTC One
    1174
  • HTC One Max
    1295
  • LG Optimus G
    1293
  • Samsung Galaxy Ace 3
    1337
  • HTC One mini
    1375
  • LG Nexus 4
    1379
  • HTC Butterfly
    1397
  • Oppo R819
    1423

BrowserMark 2

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 mini
    2314
  • HTC One
    2262
  • Sony Xperia Tablet Z
    2170
  • HTC One mini
    2164
  • Sony Xperia V
    1957
  • Samsung Galaxy Ace 3
    1902
  • Sony Xperia L
    1809
  • Sony Xperia M
    1642
  • HTC Desire 600 dual sim
    1592
  • HTC 8S
    1556
  • Nokia Lumia 620
    1469
  • Samsung Galaxy Core
    1469
  • Samsung Galaxy Express
    1154
  • Sony Xperia E
    992
  • Sony Xperia E dual
    975
  • Samsung Galaxy Young
    908
  • Samsung Galaxy S III mini
    714

Vellamo

Higher is better

  • Sony Xperia SP
    2497
  • HTC One
    2382
  • HTC One mini
    2252
  • Sony Xperia Z
    2189
  • Samsung Galaxy S4
    2060
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 mini
    2019
  • HTC Butterfly
    1866
  • Sony Xperia M
    1800
  • Sony Xperia L
    1640
  • HTC Desire 600 dual sim
    1572
  • LG Optimus 4X HD
    1568
  • LG Optimus G
    1522
  • Samsung Galaxy Ace 3
    1409
  • Samsung Galaxy Core
    1366
  • Nexus 4
    1310
  • Samsung Galaxy Fame
    1234
  • Samsung Galaxy Young
    1072
  • Sony Xperia E dual
    1065

Ultimately, the Galaxy Ace 3 leaves something to be desired in almost all areas, but it is a budget device after all. Navigating the interface does have its fair share of slowdowns, particularly when the 1GB of RAM starts to fill up, but it's nothing as bad as some of the real bottom-of-the-barrel droids.

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