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Zopo Speed 8 benchmarked, all 10 cores of it

We met with the Zopo Speed 8 at MWC, and it was our first encounter with the Mediatek Helio X20 chipset, which boasts a 10-core CPU. We now have a final unit at the office for some more tinkering, and you can see how we might be eager to run some benchmarks to see what all the fuss is about.

Just a quick reminder, the Mediatek Helio X20 (or MT6797, for the more technically inclined) features a deca-core CPU with a couple of Cortex-A72 cores clocked at up to 2.3GHz, four Cortex-A53’s at 2.0GHz and another four Cortex-A53’s, which can can only go as high as 1.4GHz. On board the Speed 8 there are 4GB of RAM, the chipset’s maximum supported amount.

We start off with the most relevant of benchmarks, the CPU-focused GeekBench. Quite expectedly, the Speed 8 scores ahead of the majority in the multi-core test, only to be beaten by the Galaxy S7 edge and its Exynos 8890. Flagships packing the mighty Snapdragon 820 come close, but still end up defeated.

In the midrange, the Samsung Galaxy A9 does have two more Cortex-A72 cores inside its Snapdragon 652 chipset, but apparently the sheer number of cores has its say here. Not as well optimized, the similarly equipped Vivo V3max is even lower down the chart. The Helio X10 is clearly lagging behind its big bro, as evidenced by the Redmi Note 3’s score, and the Snapdragon variant of Xiaomi’s phablet is even further down.

GeekBench 3 (multi-core)

Higher is better


Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
6600


Zopo Speed 8
5543


LG G5
5362


Xiaomi Mi 5
5358


Samsung Galaxy A9 (S652)
4759


Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (Helio X10)
4537


OnePlus 2
4429


Vivo V3Max
3978


Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (S650)
3570


Oppo F1 Plus
3242


Huawei Honor 5X
3053


Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016)
3039


Meizu m3 note
3028


Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML (Z3580)
2887


Lenovo Vibe K4 Note
2745


ZUK Z1
2341

In single-core the custom Kryos in the Qualcomm’s latest and greatest SoC are markedly better performers than the Cortex-A72 that the Helio X20 relies on. Samsung’s Mongoose cores are also superior, but that’s about it – all the rest place behind the Speed 8.

GeekBench 3 (single-core)

Higher is better


LG G5
2328


Xiaomi Mi 5
2305


Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
2151


Zopo Speed 8
1834


Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (S650)
1573


Samsung Galaxy A9 (S652)
1466


Vivo V3Max
1238


Oppo F1 Plus
857


Meizu m3 note
807


Huawei Honor 5X
705


Lenovo Vibe K4 Note
628

On Antutu, the Zopo Speed 8 is considerably behind the flagships, and yet far out of reach of the rest of the midrangers. Coincidentally, the score of the Helio X20 (Speed 8) is twice as much as that of the Helio X10 (Redmi Note 3). The X10 is also lagging behind the Snapdragon 652 in this benchmark.

AnTuTu 6

Higher is better


LG G5
134541


Xiaomi Mi 5
131758


Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
129229


Zopo Speed 8
90137


Vivo V3Max
76170


Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (S650)
75051


Samsung Galaxy A9 (S652)
64591


ZUK Z1
54884


Oppo F1 Plus
51299


Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (Helio X10)
45474


Meizu m3 note
44898


Lenovo Vibe K4 Note
38359


Huawei Honor 5X
35469


Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016)
35134

Basemark 2.0 puts the Zopo in the middle of the pack with a virtually identical score as the Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML and its Intel Atom Z3580. Here, the Snapdragon family shows a clear superiority, with the S820 on top, followed by the S810 (OnePlus 2) and S65x.

Basemark OS 2.0

Higher is better


Xiaomi Mi 5
2180


LG G5
2065


Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
2050


OnePlus 2
1622


Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (S650)
1537


Samsung Galaxy A9 (S652)
1529


Zopo Speed 8
1227


Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML (Z3580)
1222


ZUK Z1
1178


Oppo F1 Plus
1092


Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (Helio X10)
1018


Huawei Honor 5X
874


Meizu m3 note
852


Lenovo Vibe K4 Note
729

All too often we see chipsets geared towards crazy high CPU performance fail in the graphics department. That’s not the case with the Helio X20 inside the Zopo Speed 8, though it’s no record breaker either.

The quad-core Mali-T880MP4 is on par with (on occasion slightly better than) the Adreno 510 in the Snapdragon 650/652, and that’s basically good enough. In Basemark X the Speed 8 inches ahead of said Snapdragons, but is a country mile behind leading GPUs of the Adreno 530 and Mali-T880MP12 caliber.

Basemark X

Higher is better


Xiaomi Mi 5
33110


LG G5
29456


Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
28480


OnePlus 2
21937


Zopo Speed 8
15756


Vivo V3Max
15430


Samsung Galaxy A9 (S652)
15290


Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (S650)
14732


ZUK Z1
13596


Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML (Z3580)
12426


Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (Helio X10)
8540


Oppo F1 Plus
6204


Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016)
5210


Huawei Honor 5X
5009


Meizu m3 note
4567


Lenovo Vibe K4 Note
4072

In GFXBench the story is more of the same. With some flagships having QuadHD resolution, the superiority of the high-end chips may be less pronounced in onscreen tests, but it is there nonetheless. Speaking of raw GPU power, look at the normalized 1080p offscreen tests, where the Adreno 530 (G5, Mi 5) and Mali-T880MP12 (S7 edge) post up to 3 times higher figures than the Speed 8’s Mali-T880MP4.

GFX 3.0 Manhattan (1080p offscreen)

Higher is better


LG G5
47


Xiaomi Mi 5
45


Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
40


ZUK Z1
28


OnePlus 2
22


Zopo Speed 8
14


Vivo V3Max
14


Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (S650)
14


Samsung Galaxy A9 (S652)
13


Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (Helio X10)
8.5


Oppo F1 Plus
7


Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016)
5.7


Huawei Honor 5X
5.6


Meizu m3 note
5.4


Lenovo Vibe K4 Note
4.2

GFX 3.1 Manhattan (1080p offscreen)

Higher is better


Xiaomi Mi 5
30


LG G5
30


Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
29


OnePlus 2
16


Zopo Speed 8
11


Vivo V3Max
9.4


Samsung Galaxy A9 (S652)
9.3


Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (S650)
9.1


Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (Helio X10)
4


Oppo F1 Plus
3.3


Lenovo Vibe K4 Note
2.6


Meizu m3 note
2.5

At the actual respective display resolutions the difference gets smaller, with the Speed 8 only needing to render a bit more than half the pixels of the G5 and S7 edge. The more demanding Manhattan 3.1 test further narrows the gap, and actually puts the Speed 8 ahead of midrange phablet competition.

GFX 3.0 Manhattan (onscreen)

Higher is better


Xiaomi Mi 5
43


ZUK Z1
28


LG G5
28


Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
27


OnePlus 2
22


Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (S650)
14


Vivo V3Max
14


Samsung Galaxy A9 (S652)
13


Zopo Speed 8
12


Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (Helio X10)
7.9


Oppo F1 Plus
7


Huawei Honor 5X
6.1


Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016)
5.7


Meizu m3 note
5.4


Lenovo Vibe K4 Note
4.2

GFX 3.1 Manhattan (onscreen)

Higher is better


Xiaomi Mi 5
29


OnePlus 2
16


Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
15


LG G5
15


Zopo Speed 8
11


Vivo V3Max
9.1


Samsung Galaxy A9 (S652)
9.1


Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (S650)
9.1


Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (Helio X10)
3.9


Oppo F1 Plus
3.3


Meizu m3 note
2.5


Lenovo Vibe K4 Note
2.1