HTC is making a big push with its One series of high-end smartphones, but naturally enough the company hasn't forgotten the lower end of the market.
As we exclusively reported last week, the rumoured entry-level handset, codenamed HTC Golf, is to be called the HTC Desire C.
The device will run the Android ‘Ice Cream Sandwich' OS with the HTC Sense 4.0 UI on top, and powered by a single core processor clocked under 1GHz. It will also have a 3.5in display, with a resolution of 480 x 320.
Now, an anonymous source has provided ITProPortal with a range of performance benchmarks that show the Desire C's performance, when pitted against the Samsung Galaxy Ace. This phone is powered by an 800MHz CPU (and has a 3.5in screen, with the same resolution as HTC's new entry level phone).
The Golf outstripped the Ace in Android system benchmarks, graphics and browser benchmarks. Indeed, in the browser tests it was between 50 and 65 per cent faster.
System benchmarks showed between a 20 per cent and 45 per cent lead for the HTC smartphone, and graphics' benchmarks also indicated a considerable lead for the Desire C - all except in one case.
Nenamark2 and Neocore measured the HTC handset at 40 per cent ahead of the Ace, but the Samsung phone's Basemark Taiji score outdid the Desire C by almost 30 per cent.
Overall, the leaked benchmarks indicate a substantial performance lead for the HTC handset over the Ace.