Wednesday, April 25, 2012

ST- Ericsson Novathor U8500 Benchmarks

I know many of you are excited to see how the STE Novathor U8500 chipset packed inside the new Xperia U, Xperia Sola, and Xperia P performs compared to its dual- core competitions. The STE Novathor U8500 consists of a dual- core ARMv9 1 GHz processor together with a Mali 400MP GPU, and yes, that's the same GPU used on the Samsung Galaxy S II.

Xperia Sola

Xperia P and Xperia U

There are still no benchmarks or any proper hands- on review of the said handsets and the wait has just been extended with the announcement of the delay of the shipment of the Xperia U and Xperia P (Xperia Sola might take a bit longer to be released). The release was pushed back to May 27 instead of May 7. That is a lifetime especially that HTC has already released their new One series.

Fortunately, the Xperia NXT series (except the Xperia S) aren't the only ones sporting the new Novathor U8500 chipset. Samsung's new Galaxy S Advance also sports the U8500 and reviews can already be found on that handset.

Grabbing some benchmark screenshots from GSMarena (Thanks!), we can see how the STE Novathor U8500 fares against the competition. 

Here the Galaxy S Advance (STE Novathor U8500) is pitted against the Galaxy S II (Exynos 4210) and the Galaxy R (Nvidia Tegra 2).

HTML5 and JavaScript performance

JavaScript performance

Processor Calculation Speeds (The newer architecture of the Exynos became obvious here)

CPU performance

Basing from these, the Novathor U8500 really does put on a match. It even beats the venerable Exynos in browser and Javascript performance, and doesn't lose that much in terms of CPU performance. Same might be implied for the GPU used which is Mali 400 MP which might perform the same (if not better) than what the Galaxy S II has to bring. This is good news, especially in terms of bang-for-the-buck performance you're getting with Xperia U and Xperia Sola with news of the Xperia U retailing for as low as 13,990 Philippine pesos or Rs.17,500. 

So aside from software implementations, and I know Sony won't be letting its customers down with poor software optimizations, we can be assured that the upcoming Xperia NXT series (apart from the Xperia S) will perform beyond expectations especially for the price they ask for. Even the dead- cheap Xperia U can outperform the similarly priced HTC One V (1 GHz single core, Adreno 205 GPU) with a few quirks such as the lack of a MicroSD slot which can be bypassed by using USB-on-the-go anyway. 

So there you go, we hope that these new Xperia handsets will be released earlier for them not to be a step late again in the smartphone world. Leave your comments. If you have any questions, just ask away!


  1. it's no the same GPU. Nova thor has MALI-400MP1 (single core), Galaxy S2 has MALI-400MP4 (quad core)...

    1. Thank you. You are correct. The performance between the two are very far apart. But the single-core can still hold its own. :)

  2. Thanks for review, it was excellent and very informative.
    thank you :)

    1. Thank you! I'm still using a U8500 device now and it still never fails to satisfy.