Qualcomm is readying the Snapdragon 805, and with new processors - and the superlatives to go along with them - proliferating, it’s trying to address the question of whether the new chip is the “Next Big Thing” or not. I caught up with Qualcomm to find out what makes the Snapdragon 805 special, to run some early benchmarks ahead of the first commercial devices arriving later in the year, and to see if its advances in 4K, CPU/GPU performance, camera tech, and more add up to a chip worth having.
Benchmarks for the 2013 model Mac Pro surfaced back in June. At the time there was some mixed opinions in terms of those results. The Geekbench test had returned a score of 23,901 and while that was roughly 2,000 points above the previous Mac Pro flagship -- some were expecting much higher numbers based on claims by Apple.
Earlier this month, the AnTuTu benchmarking tool raised a bit of a firestorm when it showed Intel's Atom Z2580 out performing offerings from Qualcomm, NVIDIA, and Samsung. This led to BDTI, a consulting firm, showing that not all instructions were being executed by the Intel processor, causing a false boost in results. As such, AnTuTu has issued a revised version of the benchmarking tool, and Intel has fallen 20-percent as a result.
Apple's new Mac Pro 2013 may not be on sale yet, but that hasn't stopped the compact new workstation from cropping up in benchmarks and, in the process, giving us a hint of its Xeon E5-powered performance. A listing supposedly for the new Mac Pro - which Apple gave us a sneak peak of at WWDC earlier this month - has shown up at Geekbench, complete with a mighty impressive score.
Qualcomm may have introduced the Snapdragon 800 processor a little while back, and while we suspect some may be wondering why we have yet to see any real announcements since that point in time, it seems there was an actual plan in action. Just to give a bit of background, the plan was to announce the goods and then have the parts out ahead of time to give developers time to build. That bit aside, we do have a bit of good news today as we have recently spent some time playing.
This week we've had the opportunity to have a look at the new HTC One with not only a collection of hands-on experiences, but with processor benchmarking as well. Using the standard Quadrant Benchmark test here we're finding that the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor is blowing up the charts, destroying the previous high-mark in the basic readout by more than double - those tiny towers on the left are what's left of the original HTC One X, the ASUS Transformer Prim TF201 (with a Tegra 3 processor), and some lesser beings. Even compared with the Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core SoC running on the Google Nexus 4 only reaches nearly 5000 as a final score in Quadrant - the HTC One reaches 12,417!
It seems that every other day a mysterious Samsung device passes through GLBenchmark, and today is no different. Today a listing for the Samsung SCH-I425 popped up in GLBenchmark's database, leaving many to speculate what this new handset is. While there isn't too much the benchmark results tell us, there is a little bit of information we can take away from them.
It would appear that the folks at Acer have had a bit of a leak in more ways than one this week with a brand new smartphone popping up in the GLBenchmark listing environment complete with nearly all of its hardware specifications. The device goes by the code-name V350 and unless a higher-powered device appears after this, will be the hero or "flagship" phone for the company throughout early 2013. This machine has a 1280 x 720 display (1196 x 720 here) likely over 4-inches in size and is running no less than Android 4.1.2 right at the flag fall.
The new HTC One X+ has landed on the SlashGear test bench, and with HTC so especially proud of the performance tune-up its given its Android flagship, we were keen to see how it fared. Day-to-day speed we'll have to test awhile ahead of our full review, but some early benchmarks should help identify where the Tegra 3 smartphone has been particularly polished. Plus, with the official Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update for Samsung's unlocked Galaxy S III dropping in the UK just earlier today, it seemed rude not to run some comparative scores.
It appears that the HP smartphone is coming back to the universe with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich taking the wheel where webOS left off - that's what a benchmark discovered in the depths of odd product testing is telling us this week. What we're seeing here is a GLBenchmark set of test results that shows a device code-named Bender with the HP branding sitting right up top. Powering this device, if it is indeed a real device, that is, is a Qualcomm S4 dual-core processor as well!