Sony Xperia M Review: Morning Show: Google Now, Synthetic Benchmarks

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Google Now at your command

Google Now gives you a short overview of information it believes is relevant to you correct now. Going to work in the morning? Google Now knows this and lets you know if there's a gigantic traffic jam on your usual way to the office, and offers you a re-route.

It can interpret a lot of things from your search hitale as well. If you've been searching for, let's say, your favorite football team, Google Now will prepare a card showing you the next match the team is playing and will provide you score updates once the game begins.






Google Now

Google has also integrated Voice Actions. They can handle stuff like sending messages (SMS or email), initiating a voice call, asking for directions, taking a note or opening a site. Google Now can also launch apps, check and manage your calendar and see for nearby places of interest and stuff like movie openings in theaters.

Google Now on the Xperia L gets activated with a press-and-hold-and-upward-swipe of the virtual Home button. You can either type or talk to it and the app will give you one of its info cards (if available) and read you its contents aloud (you can disable this from the app settings). If there's no card to assist with the respond to your question Google Now will simply initiate a Google web search instead.

Synthetic benchmarks

The Sony Xperia M uses a Snapdragon S4 Plus chipset with two Krait cores clocked at 1GHz, 1GB Random-Access Memory (RAM) and Adreno 305 GPU. It's a chipset made popular by entry-level Windows Phone handsets but it is not that popular with Android.

The Krait cores and Adreno 305 should have the advantage over dual and quad-core Cortex-A5 processors and their Adreno 203 companions that are the hardware of choice for phones like the Samsung Galaxy Core, the HTC Desire SV and Desire 600 dual sim.

Single core performance is okay - higher than the Galaxy Core and Desire 600 dual sim even though their processors are clocked at 1.2GHz. Architecture plays a gigantic role here, but so does clock speed - the dual-core Krait in the HTC One mini is at 1.4Giga Hertz (GHz) and that results in a noticeable advantage in performance.

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Benchimprint 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

  • 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

The multi-threaded benchimprint Linpack puts the Xperia M between last year's flagships, the Galaxy S III and HTC One X. It's also well ahead of the Desire 600 dual sim and double what the Galaxy Core did.

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

Geekbench 2, however, thinks the quad-core Desire 600 dual-sim is practically a match for the Xperia M, while the dual-core Galaxy Core lags behind again.

Geekbench 2

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy S4

    3227

  • HTC One

    2708

  • Sony Xperia Z

    2173

  • HTC Butterfly

    2143

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 mini

    1937

  • Sony Xperia SP

    2105

  • LG Optimus G

    1723

  • LG Optimus 4X HD

    1661

  • iPhone 5

    1601

  • HTC One mini

    1417

  • Sony Xperia L

    1073

  • Sony Xperia M

    973

  • HTC Desire 600 dual sim

    970

  • Samsung Galaxy Core

    678

Let's go on to the full system benchmarks. AnTuTu thinks the Desire 600 dual sim is as fine as the HTC One mini and ahead of the Xperia M. Quadrant seems to agree and haged in mind the Desire is rendering graphics at qHD resolution rather than FWVideo Graphics Array (VGA) like the Xperia M (that's about 26% more pixels). Still, the One mini is ahead but not by far in these two tests (it has a higher-res 720p classy screen to project images on, after all).

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

  • 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

    3152

Resolution doesn't come into play with GLBenchimprint 2.5 and 2.7, both render at 1080p offscreen. The results of the Sony Xperia M are very close to those of the HTC One mini (which also uses Adreno 305), which leads us to believe the GPUs in both phones are running at the same clock speed.

GLBenchimprint 2.5 Egypt (1080p off-screen)

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (Octa)

    43

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (S600)

    41

  • Google Nexus 4

    32

  • Sony Xperia Z

    31

  • Sony Xperia SP

    31

  • Apple iPhone 5

    30

  • LG Optimus G

    21

  • Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3

    17

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 mini

    17

  • HTC One mini

    15

  • Sony Xperia M

    12

  • HTC One X

    11

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

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (S600)

    17.1

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (Octa)

    17.1

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 Active

    16

  • LG Optimus G

    13.9

  • Sony Xperia Z

    13.5

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 mini

    6.4

  • Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3

    6.3

  • HTC One mini

    5.6

  • Sony Xperia M

    4.7

In real-world performance that results in a fine but not perfect framerate in Epic Citadel (which is rendered by the phone at the screen's resolution). 53.2fps will be enough for current 3D games to run smoothly at High Quality, but future, heavier games might have to choose performance-oriented graphics settings. Still, the Xperia M is an entry-level phone and we don't even bother running these benchmarks on Adreno 203-powered devices, so that should disclose you something. It may not be up there with the gigantic boys, but it's no slouch either.

Epic Citadel

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (Octa)

    59.8

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (S600)

    57.1

  • HTC One

    56.4

  • HTC One mini

    56

  • Sony Xperia Z

    55.6

  • Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3

    55.5

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 mini

    54.7

  • Nexus 4

    53.9

  • Asus Padfone 2

    53.4

  • Sony Xperia M

    53.2

  • LG Optimus G

    52.6

  • Samsung Galaxy S III

    41.3

Good single-threaded performance should have resulted in fine JavaScript performance, but that's not the case. The Xperia M is sandwiched between its dual-SIM adversaries, while higher-discontinue minis are ahead. Windows Phone 8 devices that utilize the same chipset also beat the Xperia.

SunSpider

Lower is better

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 mini

    1185

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 Active

    1196

  • HTC One mini

    1237

  • HTC 8S

    1413

  • Nokia Lumia 620

    1435

  • Samsung Galaxy Express

    1654

  • HTC Desire 600 dual sim

    1660

  • Sony Xperia M

    1867

  • Samsung Galaxy Core

    2197

  • HTC Desire X

    2259

  • Sony Xperia L

    2539

  • Sony Xperia E dual

    2824

  • Sony Xperia J

    2853

  • Samsung Galaxy Young

    3578

BrowserMark 2 and Vellamo run more comprehensive browser benchmarks and give the Xperia M a slight edge.

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

  • 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 Core

    1366

  • Nexus 4

    1310

  • Samsung Galaxy Fame

    1234

  • Samsung Galaxy Young

    1072

  • Sony Xperia E dual

    1065

In the end, the Sony Xperia M has an advantage over quad-core Cortex-A5 phones in Central Processing Units (CPU) performance and only a minor lead in web performance. It's the Adreno 305 that makes this chipset really worthwhile - it allows you to play 3D games that would otherwise be too graphic intensive for Adreno 203 phones.


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