Smartphone vs PC – Javascript Benchmarks

I wanted to get a real comparison of where the current fastest smartphones are in terms of performance vs PCs I have available to test. Will update as I receive new figures from friends and/or new phones to test!

I found two javascript benchmarks, one called ‘SunSpider‘ from WebKit.org … the other ‘v8‘ from Google.

Here are the SunSpider results in milliseconds (less is better):

  • [PC] Dell XPS 8500, Intel Core i7 @ 3.4Ghz, 8Gb RAM with Chrome – 131.2
  • [PC] MacBook Pro, Intel Core i7 @ 2.6Ghz with Safari – 168
  • [PC] MacBook Air, Intel Core i7 @ 1.8Ghz, 4Gb RAM with Chrome – 264.9
  • [PC] Sony Vaio VGN-Z21WN, Intel Core 2 Duo P9500 @ 2.53Ghz, 4Gb RAM with Vista & Chrome 13- 277.9
  • [Smartphone] Apple iPhone 5S with iOS 7 and Safari Browser – 418
  • [PC] Asus Z92R, Intel T2060 @ 1.6Ghz, 1Gb RAM with XP and Chrome 13 – 578.3
  • [PC] Dell XPS Gen 4, Intel Pentium 4 @ 3.2Ghz, 3Gb RAM with XP & Chrome 13 – 650
  • [PC] Compaq Presario 2519, Intel Pentium 4-M @ 2.66Ghz, 256Mb RAM with XP & Chrome 13 – 820
  • [Smartphone] Apple iPhone 5 with iOS 6 & Safari Browser – 914.7
  • [PC] 2006 MacBook Pro, Intel Core 2 Duo @ 2.33Ghz, 2Gb RAM with Safari – 1020
  • [PC] Sony Vaio GRX616MP, Intel Pentium 4-M @ 2Ghz, 512Mb RAM with XP & Chrome 13 – 1144
  • [Smartphone] Samsung Galaxy SIII with Android 4.0.3 – 1479
  • [Smartphone] Samsung Galaxy SII @ 1.2Ghz with Android 2.3.3 & Opera Browser – 1600
  • [Tablet] iPad 2 with iOS 4.3.1 & Safari Browser – 2129
  • [Smartphone] HTC Sensation @ 1.2Ghz with Android 2.3.3 & Opera Browser – 2585
  • [Smartphone] Samsung Galaxy SII @ 1.2Ghz with Android 2.3.3 – 3371
  • [Smartphone] iPhone 4 with iOS 5 (beta 7) – 3591
  • [Tablet] HP TouchPad with WebOS 3.0 – 3843
  • [Smartphone] HTC Sensation @ 1.2Ghz with Android 2.3.4 – 3871
  • [iPod] iPod Touch 32Gb with iOS 4.3.5 – 4061
  • [Tablet] iPad 2 with iOS 4.3.1 & iCab Mobile Browser – 5154
  • [Smartphone] iPhone 3GS with iOS 4.3.5 – 5461
  • [Smartphone] HTC Nexus One with Android 2.3.4 – 5523
  • [Smartphone] Samsung Galaxy S with Android 2.2 – 5872
  • [Smartphone] HTC Sensation @ 1.2Ghz with Android 2.3.3 – 6559
  • [Smartphone] iPhone 4 with iOS 4 – 10,902
  • [Smartphone] iPhone 3 with iOS 4.2.1 – 33,112
  • [Smartphone] iPhone 3 with iOS 3.0.1 – 39,053
  • [Smartphone] iPhone 1 with iOS 3.1.2 – 42,506

Here are the v8 results (more is better):

  • [PC] Dell XPS 8500, Intel Core i7 @ 3.4Ghz, 8Gb RAM with Chrome – 17875
  • [PC] MacBook Air, Intel Core i7 @ 1.8Ghz, 4Gb RAM with Chrome – 9356
  • [PC] Sony Vaio VGN-Z21WN, Intel Core2 Duo P9500 @ 2.53Ghz, 4Gb RAM with Vista & Chrome 13 – 8109
  • [PC] Dell XPS Gen 4, Intel Pentium 4 @ 3.2Ghz, 3Gb RAM with XP & Chrome 13 – 4435
  • [PC] Asus Z92R, Intel T2060 @ 1.6Ghz, 1Gb RAM with XP and Chrome 13 – 3349
  • [PC] Compaq Presario 2519, Intel Pentium 4-M @ 2.66Ghz, 256Mb RAM with XP & Chrome 13 – 3185
  • [PC] Sony Vaio GRX616MP, Intel Pentium 4-M @ 2Ghz, 512Mb RAM with XP & Chrome 13 – 2306
  • [Smartphone] Apple iPhone 5 with iOS6 and Safari – 1533
  • [Smartphone] HTC One X (US Version) with Android 4.1.1 and Chrome – 1507
  • [PC] 2006 MacBook Pro, Intel Core 2 Duo @ 2.33Ghz, 2Gb RAM with Safari – 915
  • [Smartphone] HTC Sensation @ 1.2Ghz with Android 2.3.4 – 488
  • [Smartphone] Samsung Galaxy SII @ 1.2Ghz with Android 2.3.3 & Opera Browser – 455
  • [Smartphone] Samsung Galaxy SII @ 1.2Ghz with Android 2.3.3 – 331
  • [Smartphone] HTC Sensation @ 1.2Ghz with Android 2.3.3 & Opera Browser – 307
  • [Smartphone] HTC Sensation @ 1.2Ghz with Android 2.3.3 – 264
  • [Smartphone] HTC Nexus One @ 1Ghz with Android 2.3.4 – 209
  • [Smartphone] Samsung Galaxy S with Android 2.2 – 183
  • [Tablet] iPad 2 with iOS 4.3.1 & iCab Mobile Browser- 154
  • [Smartphone] iPhone 4 with iOS 4 – 67
  • [Smartphone] iPhone 3GS with iOS 4.3.5 – Crashed

Some interesting conclusions from the above:

  • Javascript performance is about the software as much as the hardware – hence standard HTC Sensation being slower than a Nexus One in both tests! HTC Sense is probably to blame … Opera Browser far better! Also iPhone 3GS better than iPhone 4 running an older version of iOS!
  • The Sony Vaio’s processor has roughly 3 times the performance of the Dell XPS Gen 4, but only ~double the performance in the benchmarks (is Vista to blame?)
Got some different hardware? Please submit your benchmark figures in the comments!

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