ARCHOS 97 Titanium HD quick review – part 2 performance (comparing with Onda V972 / ARCHOS 97 Platinum)

With the 97 Titanium HD, ARCHOS took the challenge to integrate a middle end Rockchip RK3066 processor (as of early 2013 standards) with a high resolution (2048×1536) display. The tablet operates two display modes, a “normal mode” with 1600×1200 resolution and an “HD” mode with 2048×1536. We’ll see from the benchmarks and user experience that the device really offers mixed results based on the device resolution.

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ARCHOS 97 Titanium HD benchmark results vs Onda V972

Test conditions:
– ARCHOS 97 Titanium HD retail device with firmware build dated 2013/01/24
– all benchmarks were executed after all tasks have been killed
– test were run multiple times to check for consistent behavior, the results shown here correspond to average values

ARCHOS 97 Titanium HD vs Onda V972 benchmark results
ARCHOS 97 Titanium HD Onda V972
Display mode Normal
(1600×1200)
HD
(2048×1536)
HD
(2048×1536)
Test setup
Firmware version
stock firmware
Linux version 3.0.8+ (cdy@mid-server)
#398 SMP PREEMPT Thu Jan 24 20:11:25 CST 2013
Android 4.1.1 Build archos/RK30A97TIHD/A97TIHD:4.1.1/
JRO03H/20130130.111032:user/release-keys

stock firmware
Linux version 3.3.0 (lgm@SzExdroid5)
#3 SMP PREEMPT Mon Feb 4 11:38:13 CST 2013
Android 4.1.1 onda/fiber_onda978q9/fiber-onda978q9:4.1.1/
MASTER/20130204:user/test-keys

Antutu Benchmark v3.1.1
higher is faster
Total score: 9808
RAM: 1278
CPU integer: 2291
CPU float-point: 1827
2D graphics: 1026 (1152×1464)
3D graphics: 2688 (1152×1464)
Database IO: 560
SD card write: (8.6 MB/s) 86
SD card read: (5.2 MB/s) 52
CPU frequency: 1608 MHz (x2)
Total score: 7953
RAM: 1808
CPU integer: 2440
CPU float-point: 420
2D graphics: 663 (1536×1952)
3D graphics: 1902 (1536×1952)
Database IO: 560
SD card write: (10.5 MB/s) 105
SD card read: (5.5 MB/s) 55
CPU frequency: 1608 MHz (x2)
Total score: 10736
RAM: 1480
CPU integer: 2894
CPU float-point: 1840
2D graphics: 866 (1536×1952)
3D graphics: 2804 (1536×1952)
Database IO: 500
SD card write: (27.4 MB/s) 150
SD card read: (>50 MB/s) 202
CPU frequency: 1008 MHz (x4)
Linpack Pro v 1.2.9
higher is faster, benchmark run in multi-thread
(we took the best numbers we could achieve, there is a lot of variance on these bench results)
84.63 MFLOPS 79.373 MFLOPS 96.546 MFLOPS
CF-Bench v1.2
higher is faster
Native score: 15055
Java Score: 4658
Overall Score: 8816
Native score: 14783
Java Score: 4603
Overall Score: 8675
Native score: 17540
Java Score: 3329
Overall Score: 9013
ArcTools v 0.76
higher is faster
Read: 22677 Kb/s
Write: 7952 Kb/s
Read: 23163 Kb/s
Write: 7141 Kb/s
Read: 24725 Kb/s
Write: 10576 Kb/s
Quadrant Pro v2.1.1
higher is faster
Total: 4220
CPU: 7883
Mem: 4561
I/O: 5640
2D: 765
3D: 2250
Total: 3460
CPU: 7773
Mem: 3877
I/O: 4025
2D: 368
3D: 1257
Total: 3131
CPU: 7518
Mem: 1791
I/O: 3125
2D: 971
3D: 2252
Vellamo v 2.02
higher is faster
HTML5: 1576
Metal: 536
(ran in portrait mode)
HTML5: 1313
Metal: 520
(ran in portrait mode)
HTML5: 1025
Metal: 358
(ran in landscape mode)
EPIC Citadel version 1.05
Benchmark run in high quality mode performance level
rendering resolution 100%
higher is faster
40.5 FPS
(1536×1080)
37.9 FPS
(2048×1440)
42.5 FPS
(2048×1440)


On the 97 Titanium HD benchmark results, we can observe that the numbers are usually higher in Normal mode compared to HD mode (2048×1536 pixels resolution) which is not really surprising, knowing the tablet processor and architecture wasn’t really designed for such high resolutions. While the results in both resolution show a decent performance compared to other middle range tablets, it doesn’t really reflect the user experience, especially in HD mode where the Android system reacts quite slowly. Touch inputs may take a second or two before the tablet reacts, which is really disturbing for a daily use in high definition.

The following two videos were shot on the stock firmware version, the lag in the Android interface and frame skipping in the video player are easily noticed. The situation has improved a bit since latest firmware update, but there it is still far from being smooth.

In addition to the lag, there is also an unpleasant screen flicker in HD mode, you can clearly see it in our NenaMark2 benchmark video.

Comparing the ARCHOS 97 Titanium HD with the Onda V972 benchmarks figures globally gives a clear advantage to the Onda, but the difference is mainly noticeable in the Android user interface which is really smoother on the Onda, thanks to the 2 GB of RAM and the quad-core Allwinner A31 processor.

ONDA V972

9.7 inches IPS retina like display 2048x1536 pixels, Allwinner A31 quad-core CPU,2 GB RAM, Android 4.1, Dual camera
Ships out within 3 days$ 220

ARCHOS 97 Titanium WIFI performance

This article won’t review the WiFI performance in details. Our first tests and feedback on our forum reported some troubles with the wireless: low sensibility, lots of connections drop and slow transfer speed. We initially made the video below to compare the 97 Titanium WiFI with the Nexus 10.

Since we shot this video, there has been some improvements with latest ARCHOS firmware, we’ll soon review it in a detailed ARCHOS 97 Titanium HD WiFI test.