Remember LG? They make smartphones too, you know. They unveiled several new ones at MWC 2012, and their flagship phone this time around is the LG Optimus 4X HD. Just like other phones at the event, it has NVIDIA’s quad-core Tegra 3 chip at its heart. So how does it stack up to other Tegra 3 devices? Benchmarks have emerged that reveal all.
It was somewhat of a surprise back at MWC 2012 when Huawei announced that their new flagship smartphones, the Ascend D quad and quad XL, would not be using chipsets from NVIDIA or Qualcomm. Instead, Huawei would be using their own SoC, the Huawei K3V2, a quad-core chip clocked at 1.2Ghz in the Ascend D quad, and 1.5Ghz in the quad XL. Benchmarks have now surfaced pitting Huawei’s performance against other chipsets.
Apple's new iPad has 1GB of RAM, pre-release benchmarking has confirmed, double the amount of the iPad 2, though the Apple A5X CPU appears to be clocked the same as its A5 predecessor. Early Geekbench testing of the new third-gen iPad spotted by iOS tweaker Sonny Dickson revealed the new RAM amount, with the tablet scoring 756 in the synthetic benchmark.
Intel were keen to push their Medfield platform at MWC 2012, announcing various partners, and even a product that would make it to retail, the Orange Santa Clara. The Atom Z2460 single-core processor is clocked at 1.6Ghz, with the phone being able to perform such feats as taking ten photos in under a second, as long as 1080p playback and Intel Wireless Display. But how does the performance really stack up against other phones with only a single core?
This week we're taking a closer look at how the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 (Krait) processor works as it exists first on the MDP8690, the newest Mobile Development Platform that the manufacturer has released for developers to fully experience the S4 chip in its Krait configuration. This version of the S4 chip, code-named Krait, is an ARMv7-A compatible CPU architecture and is made for TCMC's 28nm process, and inside the MSM9860 you'll find two of these cores running at up to 1.5 GHz along with Adreno 225 graphics, Qualcomm's new baseband, and improved ISP - it's all ramped up, basically. This device we're testing the Snapdragon S4 out on is not a consumer product, instead it's a device which accurately shows the power of the S4 chip exclusively.
Qualcomm's Snapdragon S4 processor has been put through its benchmarking paces, with the 1.5GHz dual-core "Krait" MSM8960 proving capable of indecently slick Android performance. The new chipset delivered more than twice the CPU grunt of any currently-shipping chipset in some tests, and while AnandTech's benchmarking is done on a Qualcomm developer device, rather than commercial hardware, conclusions like "this is the absolute smoothest we've ever seen Ice Cream Sandwich run" certainly leave us wanting more.
Does the world need a new XPERIA Arc? Sony Ericsson seems to think so, and hence the XPERIA Arc S has broken cover. Taking the same, slimline chassis - now in Stormtrooper white - and 4.2-inch display as the original, but boosting processor speed to 1.4GHz, the Arc S promises to bring the Android experience up to speed with what rivals are offering. We grabbed some hands-on playtime to find out if that was true.
Apple's 2011 MacBook Pro laptops have been on the market for several months now, and there's one port that has resolutely refused to be used in the way it's intended. Devices bearing Thunderbolt ports - Intel's high-speed connectivity standard co-developed with Apple - are yet to hit the market, but SlashGear caught up with LaCie for a pre-launch demo of the new Little Big Disk. The name might be daft but the performance is anything but: over 825 MB/s read speeds.
Intel came out fighting at Computex this week, with ambitious Atom plans to take on ARM in its low-power, long-battery Android stronghold. According to the latest, very early benchmarks, however, the chip company may still have some work to do. Tweakers managed to run some tests on a Compal prototype running Android Honeycomb on Intel's 1.5GHz Oak Trail dual-core, finding it to be underwhelming in comparison to existing Tegra 2 based slates.
Details of Motorola's upcoming DROID3 smartphone have been leaked, courtesy of some premature benchmarking of what's assumed to be a prototype device. According to the stats at Nenamark, spotted by Blog of Mobile, the Verizon Android smartphone will have a qHD 960 x 540 display, just like the Motorola ATRIX, as well as use Imagination Technologies' PowerVR SGX 540 GPU.