Sony Xperia Z vs. HTC Butterfly: A tale of two screens

GSMArena team, 12 March 2013.
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Synthetic benchmarks

The HTC Butterfly and Xperia Z are running on the same power setup. A quad-core Snapdragon Pro chipset with four 1.5 GHz Krait cores, 2 GB of RAM and the Adreno 320 graphics chip. With this configuration on tap it's safe to say that both phones have a strong claim to be among the elite in current top tier devices. Also the playing field is level due to the same resolution on the displays. So things could come down to which proprietary OS is heavier - Sony's or HTC's Sense - and which manufacturer coached its device better for the specific benchmark (yes, they do that).

We have included the HTC One and LG Optimus G Pro as references as they both boast the superior Snapdragon 600 with its more advanced Krait 300 cores.

We start off with BenchmarkPi. Calculations per core is the target of the test and the lower score the better. Here the Krait 300 cores inside the Optimus G Pro and HTC One have the upper hand with close to twice as good a score compared to the Xperia and HTC. Still both devices got great results, besting the Oppo Find 5 and Optimus G among others.

Benchmark Pi

Lower is better

  • LG Optimus G Pro
    147
  • HTC One
    151
  • 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 judges single and multi-threaded processor performance. It's more of the same here - the Optimus G Pro topped the chart while the Xperia Z and Butterfly trail just behind the HTC One, but only slightly.

Linpack

Higher is better

  • LG Optimus G Pro
    743
  • HTC One
    646
  • Sony Xperia Z
    630
  • HTC Butterfly
    624
  • LG Optimus G
    608
  • Oppo Find 5
    593
  • 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

AnTuTu is a compound benchmark - it test everything from memory speed to CPU and GPU performance. Here the Xperia Z did take a slight advantage over the HTC Butterfly.

AnTuTu

Higher is better

  • HTC One
    22678
  • Sony Xperia Z
    20794
  • LG Optimus G Pro
    20056
  • HTC Butterfly
    19513
  • Samsung Galaxy S III
    15547
  • Oppo Find 5
    15167

GLBenchmark is one of the more serious graphics benchmarks available. We tested the off-screen performance as that shows the true prowess of a graphics chip. The Sony Xperia Z managed 29fps on the 1080p off-screen test, while the Butterfly came close behind at 27.9 fps.

GLBenchmark 2.5 Egypt (1080p off-screen)

Higher is better

  • HTC One
    34
  • Asus Padfone 2
    31
  • Oppo Find 5
    30
  • Sony Xperia Z
    29
  • LG Optimus G
    29
  • HTC Butterfly
    27.9
  • Apple iPhone 5
    27
  • Nexus 4
    26
  • Samsung Galaxy Note II
    17
  • Samsung Galaxy S III
    15
  • HTC One X+
    12
  • HTC One X
    9

SunSpider is JavaScript-based, where the the HTC Butterfly finished just behind the Xperia Z. Truth be told the Sony smartphone had some luck here as its score vastly improved with the Chrome update pushed yesterday. Before that, it was doing way worse than its competitor here.

SunSpider

Lower is better

  • 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 RAZR i XT890
    1059
  • 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

The same can be said about BrowserMark 2, which adds HTML5 performance to the equation. The Xperia Z again managed to beat the HTC Butterfly here and this time it did so pretty comfortably.

BrowserMark 2

Higher is better

  • LG Optimus G
    2555
  • HTC One
    2262
  • Sony Xperia Z
    2093
  • Oppo Find 5
    1797
  • Nexus 4
    1794
  • Nokia Lumia 920
    1774
  • Nokia Lumia 820
    1760
  • Samsung Omnia W
    1632
  • HTC Butterfly
    1475
  • Samsung Galaxy S III
    1247

Winner: Sony Xperia Z (by the smallest of margins). The Butterfly and the Xperia Z were tied on most tests we ran and the real-life performance of the two is pretty similar, but the newly released Chrome update helped the Sony smartphone to the victory here.

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