Intel Medfield phone benchmarked: Bests Nexus but trails Tegra 3

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?Caschys Blog managed to run some benchmarks on the phone to give us all a better idea exactly what the phone is capable of. First, the Rightware Browsermark benchmark was run, which tests the phone's ability to render Javascript and HTML. Currently the Samsung Galaxy Nexus holds the crown, scoring 98,272 points, while the iPhone 4S scores 87,801. Both of those are dual-core devices, so how did Intel's single-core stack up? It managed 89,180, actually coming in ahead of the iPhone 4S.

The second benchmark was Vellamo, created by Qualcomm and designed to test eleven seperate areas of a phone's performance. All the areas are then corelated into a single score to be compared against other devices. As you can see from the image, the Santa Clara once again beat out the Galaxy Nexus, along with a slew of other phones and tablets, mainly thanks to its impressive Javascript performance. The Asus Transformer prime with its quad-core Tegra 3 chip still seems to reign supreme in benchmark tests.

Benchmarks aren't everything, of course, and overall user experience and fluidity of a device are paramount. We won't have a better idea of that until the Santa Clara begins shipping and we have a chance to properly put it through its paces. Right now the phone is expected to begin shipping in the UK and France this summer, although pricing has yet to be confirmed.

[via Netbook News]