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Qualcomm’s Quad-Core Snapdragon S4 Pro Benchmarks are Beyond Impressive

Yesterday, we jokingly shared that you could purchase Qualcomm’s newest developer tablet that features the new Snapdragon S4 Pro chip and Adreno 320 GPU for a whopping $1300. Well, the chip is most definitely coming to tablets sooner or later (and maybe some high-end smartphones), but it still has some tweaks to work out. Here are some of the initial tests by AnandTech of its quad-core power that are beginning to surface on the web. 

For a good comparison, keep an eye on the MSM8960 S4 and Adreno 225 that is found in the HTC One X throughout these tests. For reference, here is the spec sheet of device running the benchmarks:


GLBenchmark – Pro – Offscreen 720p:

GLBenchmark Egypt Offscreen 720p:

SunSpider JavaScript Benchmark:

Vellamo – Qualcomm’s In-House Web Performance Benchmark:

To summarize, this is one of the faster Android devices ever created and I wish I had one. This is not the final production model and things could differ from what we see hit the market, but still, it’s a monster. According to the folks at AnandTech, who do happen to have one in their hands, we can expect the same great performance from the S4 Pro that we have with the current dual-core Snapdragon chip, but with the added cores and greater multi-tasking capabilities.

The main seller in our eyes would have to be this new Adreno 320 GPU. With stats nearing that of Apple’s iPad, we know that this is the direction that SoC manufacturers should be heading in order for Android users to experience the highest quality games and apps our devices can deliver.

Via: AnandTech

  • nightscout13

    A DEV Tablet is not for consumers. It will have software capabilities that standard tablets do not. D-L should not have this device on this website, because these guys think it’s something they should buy……

  • satsmine2k4

    Am disappointed with the “Adreno 320” well below apple’s powerVGr543Mp4 🙁

  • Butters619

    For being a quad core with the Adreno 320, these score are really that impressive. It barely beats the One X and loses to the new iPad in a couple areas.

    • Hunter

      are not*

      • Butters619

        Fixed it haha. Thanks!

  • nike

    Lol tegra 3 is a joke

    • DrewNusser

      Except that it’s been out for almost a year and is still really competitive with everything else on the list.

  • RoadsterHD1

    Any news on the OMAP5 quad-core processor?

    • Apostrafee

      That’s the beast I’m waiting for

    • zepfloyd

      OMAP 5 is dual core, but A15 design spec.

  • Stinker

    A prototype that is significantly slower than examples that have been available for months is NOT impressive.

    • Hunter

      It beat the said example in 2/4 of the benchmarks…. And scores of 131 & 140 are not of “significant” difference in the Egypt benchmark.

      GO Cyclones!

      • Stinker

        It will be available, at best, 6 months later. It’s the next logical step from what they’re selling now, not news.

  • Dat Nguyen

    Graphics is a big reason why Apple stands on top. Want to see Android start to dominate in that space and translate it to the user experience. Project Butter is a good first step, but I think the war will be won on visual and response behavior and then app design/availability.

  • Trevor

    I said it at the last S4 Pro post, and I’ll say it again: Please put this in a phone and I’ll be a happy camper. Except I don’t really like camping. So I’ll just be a happIER camper.

  • yep

    ok so this tablet costs $1300, i know its not for regular consumers, but: the iPad costs $500 or so and this can’t outperform it? The newest iPad came out months ago.

    • Jordan

      Sadly i was thinking the same thing.

    • randy

      Did the iPad’s dual core really beat the s4 quad core?

      • Tony Allen

        Pretty sure, the new iPad’s CPU is quad core.

        • nucat176

          It’s not. It’s a dual core CPU with a quad core GPU

          • which is also made by Samsung

          • Lootz

            apple is too high end… I like android not as top notch as apple. gotta shoot for the underdogs, thats why we are all here. screw nordstroms and saxfith we shop wallmart, just as good ie android vs apple

          • Funny thing is I work at Walmart XD

          • Champion1229

            You sir have fallen for Apple’s A+++ Advertising, tricking you into thinking theres a quad core processor when in reality its only dual with quad graphics.

      • vitriolix

        No. On the CPU bounded tests the S4 crushed the iPad.

    • espn

      yea really, the title says that the benchmarks are “beyond impressive”. If they don’t out perform something released a few months back, its not even close to “beyond impressive”

    • Champion1229

      The idea is that this processor will be put into phones and based off of the charts above, the iPhone 4s isnt even listed as similar performing devices. Yes the developer one is a tablet but its a pre-production device that hasn’t reached its full potential.

    • All these tests are not testing hardware, they testing the hardware/software combination. Apparently, iPad hardware + software combo is delivering better graphic performance than S4 on ICS, that’s it.

  • ceejw

    Is there any specific reason no one besides Apple uses the PowerVR SGX543 in their phones or tablets? Did Apple buy them all? It seems ridiculous that 16 months after the iPad 2 came out we’re just now seeing Android devices that can beat its GPU benchmarks.

    • kixofmyg0t

      PowerVR GPU’s come in almost all OMAP devices. The 543MP4 is used in the iPad 3 and the PS Vita only (that i know of).

      OMAP5 though will be a force to be reckoned with.

      • ceejw

        Yes but last year the OMAP4 was tied to the SGX540, which is huge step down from the 543MP2 and MP4. Hopefully you’re right and the OMAP5 has something better than or equal to the 543MP4

        • Tony Allen

          I imagine it’ll probably be just as power inefficient. I think Qualcomm will always have the corner on that market, they may not bench the highest, but they’re solid.

        • BlueLetter

          the Omap4470 has a Power VR 544 gpu, yet somehow it was never put in a phone that I know of, kinda strange considering how old it is. Apparently it’ll be used in some version of Windows RT.

    • it almost Apple has exclusive rights to the best PowerVR SGX out at the time when it comes to smart phones. that and their simplistic OS is how they maintain a performance advantage.

  • Bionic

    And correct me if im wrong, but this should play very nicely with Verizon LTE.

    • You’re wrong. This SoC doesn’t have a baseband at all and is tablets only. A future version will be coming with LTE though 🙂

      • Bionic

        Ah, gotcha. Well that is promising. Like I said my update isnt until may of 13 so we got plenty of time, at least for me anyway.

  • Bionic

    Put it in the damn Razr HD. My update isnt until may of 13 so maybe this will be inside one of the newest motorola phones by that time.

  • Not A Name

    It makes my Galaxy Nexus feel like my OG Droid.

    • zepfloyd

      and in another year or so the current device will make the the Galaxy SIII look like the OG does now too.

      Wash, rinse, repeat.

      Every year someone says, if only we had xxxx now I’d have the ultimate phone, then 6 months later same thing. It’s quite an emotional phenomenon

      • Agreed. I’m tired of trying to keep up. I wish they would put more time into the devices so we really could have devices with less flaws. I mean, consider the Droid Razr. I have one. Great device. But honestly.. Battery life could be a bit better.. but instead of building it how they should have, they just released the Maxx. They need to put more thought into mobile devices.

    • snowblind64

      The weak score that the Galaxy Nexus gets on the Velamo test is due to the heavy Qualcomm optimization in that benchmark. The Galaxy Nexus is still one of the top performers when it comes to most platform independent web bbenchmark.

      • LionStone

        Yea i was pretty happy to see the Dinc4 do really well on the Velamo score.

  • The Quadrant scores on Engadget were more impressive.

    • pj

      I’m surprised those weren’t brought up as well. I’m pretty sure it hit 7500 in quadrant when average is about 3000.