Speed Test: Samsung Omnia 7 loads games faster than HTC 7 Trophy [Video]

As these new WP7 devices become more and more available, slight differences are starting to become evident. One of those differences appears to be load times for video games, with the Samsung clearly beating the HTC 7 Trophy out in a head-to-head.

Much speculation has been circulating that the reason for the difference is the memory: the Omnia 7 uses Samsung's NAND chips while HTC uses internal memory with expandable microSD, causing slower performance. While this was "theory" a few days ago, it appears now to be accurate and we agree with that this is the culprit (but are open to other ideas).

So that may be the trade off folks: expandable memory vs. faster speeds. Which do you prefer? It is worth noting for U.S. customers that the HD7, Samsung Focus and Surround all have microSD cards (and probably Dell Venue Pro), so there's really not much choice. Only the LG Optimus is unconfirmed for its memory configuration.

Source: YouTube; via wmpoweruser

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12 Comments
  • What about the states of both batteries? I noticed in the video, the HTC 7 Trophy threw up a warning that it was critically low. Have you ruled out any CPU throttling based on battery voltage on HTC's part?
  • That is interesting though I'm more inclined to go with the memory theory at this point. Certainly worth considering though.
  • @warriorbax that's the first thing that i thought when I saw that video. Of course it's going to run slower, It's trying to conserve power.
  • That's assuming WP7 has CPU throttling. I haven't seen any evidence that it does. That's not a standard feature of smartphones (Android doesn't do that, Windows Mobile didn't either after WM5).
  • I dont think the Focus should be included in the devices that run on storage cards. The HD7 clearly uses a storage card, the surround is not confirmed but the Focus probably has NAND storage with the option to use an additional storage card. If someone does not use the storage card slot they should get the better performance of the faster memory. And we have no confirmed specs on the Dell so that should not be included either. On the other hand, just another example of how poor HTC devices are.
  • I'm 95% sure on the Dell. Pre-order sites are listing a microSD HC support in addition to there being 8GB and 16Gb versions floating around.
    Your theory about the Focus would work with HTC devices as well; but perhaps Samsung uses higher quality chips since they make them. This video also begs the question would you notice this speed difference in other parts of the OS? My experience says 'no'.
  • Well this has made me even happier I made the decision to go for the Omnia 7, I've spent exactly a week with it now and despite so far finding 2 annoying limitations of WP7 (inability to easily text contact details & text recognition doesn't really work on postcodes) I'm absolutely loving the responsiveness and functionality of the new OS. Saying that I'm coming from a Nokia N97 so the bar wasn't set high... For anyone looking for commentry on the Omnia 7 or WP7 in general, feel free to follow me on twitter @JayTBennett (yes I'll happily answer any questions sent my way)
  • Damn the speed, and memory,.... but can you say S U P E R A M O L E D, the Omnia's black loading screen was just so ......... BLACK, compared to HTC's Fake black screen, or blackish grey screen. I mean Omnia 7 and Sammy Focus FTW!!!
  • Since I will most likely not be using both phones side by side for any amount of time, I would go with expandable memory in this case. Its like the iPhone4 vs the 3GS, sure the 4 is faster but when you are not using them side by side you really dont notice.
  • I agree, Stabicus.
  • Another thing that has not been discussed to my knowledge in this side by side is whats running in the background on each? and what is stored up in memory at the time of testing? I would like to see this test performed on virgin phones right out of the box with identical load outs.
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