Like most other mid-range phones, the spec sheet of the HTC One remix doesn’t have much to brag about. The phone’s equipped with a 1.4 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor that’s paired with a measly 1GB of RAM. Yes, the KitKat version of Android running on the phone is optimized to work well with just half a gig of memory, but we all know that 2GB is the sweet spot these days. Simply put, the specs on the HTC One remix are underwhelming.
Fortunately for HTC, the specs of the One remix seem to have little bearing on how the phone actually performs. When running benchmarks, the numbers clearly show that the HTC One remix isn’t on the same level as the HTC One (M8), Samsung Galaxy S5 or the LG G3. It’s not even close. But when you load up a game or stream your favorite HD show from YouTube, Netflix or Google Play, you’d never guess that the phone is only half as powerful as today’s flagships.
HTC One remix benchmarks
Vellamo: 705 (metal), 1153 (multicore)
It’s true that benchmarks do a great job showing how individual devices are able to handle 3D graphics, loading webpages or handling complex algorithms, but they don’t give you a real sense of how the phone will handle apps or games. In our experience with the HTC One remix, the phone was able to keep up with the Samsung Galaxy S5 while playing Asphalt 8: Airborne, Modern Combat 5: Blackout and The Room Two. The HTC One remix is a little slow when loading these games, but the extra second or two isn’t noticeable unless you’re comparing two devices side by side. We’re willing to go out on a limb and say that the gaming experience may actually be better on the HTC One Remix than many flagship phones thanks to its front-facing BoomSound speakers. They definitely make the phone larger than it needs to be, but the immersive audio created by the phone is quite impressive.
The One remix’s 1.4GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor should get a lot of credit for the device’s impressive performance, but the real reason it exceeds expectations is because it is a mid-range device with a 720p display. Swap out the HTC one remix’s display with a high-resolution 1080p screen and this article would be littered with doom and gloom references. Since the HTC One remix’s 720p display only has 44.5 percent of the pixels of 1080p screen, the Snapdragon 400 processor don’t have to work nearly as hard as the Snapdragon 801 and 805 processors used in the HTC One (M8), Galaxy S5 or the LG G3.
Some will say that buying a mid-range phone often means you need to make a few compromises. In the case of the HTC One remix, performance isn’t one of them.