Only a day after NVIDIA announced its new Tegra 4 processor and impressed the mobile industry, Qualcomm took the stage at the opening keynote of CES to announce their own new line of mobile chipsets. Mobile fans, please welcome in the Snapdragon 800, 600, 400, and 200.
Last night on The Droid Life Show, we briefly touched on mobile processors and the marketing that goes behind them. We discussed that when buying an Android smartphone, sometimes are you not only buying into the Android ecosystem, but you are also buying into that mobile chip’s ecosystem as well.
For example, if you have a NVIDIA Tegra-powered device, the list of games you are able to play is much higher than say a Texas Instrument chip, given that some games released are exclusively for Tegra devices. It’s an interesting move by the manufacturers, but that’s the world we live in where everyone wants to differentiate themselves from the pack.
Down below, feel free to let us know which processor powers your lovely Android device of choice.
LG appears to be on the verge of releasing the most powerful smartphone on the planet. In a new teaser, they have confirmed that they are working on a phone powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 Pro, better known to most of us as the quad-core variant of the chip we are seeing in handsets today. This chipset sports an Adreno 320 GPU, one that should make all other mobile graphics processing units look silly. We have seen benchmarks of tablets (and phones?) with this processor inside and have been blown away.
What we want to know, is if a processor this powerful, is enough to get you to buy an LG phone? Will we see it at IFA next week, along with Samsung’s Galaxy Note 2?
Via: The Verge
That Japanese variant of the Galaxy SIII with 2GB of RAM wasn’t a myth after all. Announced this afternoon, we have the Canadian GS3 variants that interestingly enough, also contain 2GB of RAM and will be available on June 20. One thing that may disappoint some of you is the fact that they will sport Qualcomm’s dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 processor rather than Samsung’s quad-core Exynos, but try not to let it get you too down. The S4 is a beast in its own right, loves LTE, and should give you some of the best battery life we have seen yet on a smartphone while continuing to power through all tasks. And again, 2GB of RAM here, folks.
Now, what immediately came to my mind after hearing this is, “Umm hello, 2GB of RAM in the U.S. variants as well?” Thanks to this benchmark, we are pretty sure that Verizon’s Galaxy SIII will also rock the Snapdragon S4 and a similar setup to these Canadian GS3s. Who’s ready for some 2GB action?
First, if you haven’t checked out our full review of the AT&T HTC One X, then you will want to do that. After doing that, let’s go ahead and start the conversation about benchmarks between the AT&T, Snapdragon S4 version and the Tegra 3, unlocked version of the phone.
With NVIDIA not having LTE modems for their quad-core processors just yet, carriers that want this phone with LTE capabilities are having to swap out the Tegra 3 in favor of the dual-core Snapdragon S4. Both processors are beasts in their own right, so we thought, “What better way to see if we can find a difference than through a handful of tests?” For those that hate benchmarks and think they mean nothing, we would agree with you to a point. We would have to disagree in that these at least give us something to compare against. We can flip through home screens all day long, open and close apps, look for stutters, etc., but in the end, you need to have numbers. Benchmarks give us numbers.
Last night, Samsung announced that its new Exynos quad-core processor would be featured in the soon-to-be-announced Galaxy SIII or “next Galaxy.” The news sort of shocked the world a bit as the device that will sport the chipset, has yet to be unveiled and has been kept as secret as any Android device ever. We almost couldn’t contain our excitement though, as benchmarks from a device with this processor inside have been popping up all over the web, showing off impressive results.
Rumor: HTC to Launch Device With 5″ 1080p Display and Quad-core Krait Processor on Verizon This Fall
Annoyed over the fact that Verizon passed on the HTC One X, a device that has blown us away over the last couple of weeks? According to a new rumor, they plan to make up for it by launching a device with a 5″ 1080p display and quad-core Krait Snapdragon processor this fall. Think of it as a Galaxy Note competitor.
Also in this report are a couple of other supposed confirmations that should make you happy. The claim is that Verizon will indeed carry the Galaxy SIII, we just wonder when exactly. Last year, they passed on the Galaxy SII in favor of the Galaxy Nexus and the year before that they released an original Galaxy S device months after others. Maybe they’ll get this one right? Third time’s a charm?
Lastly, this report claims that Verizon will see “multiple” variations of the RAZR throughout the rest of 2012, one of them as the RAZR HD. The RAZR HD is no secret to readers of DL as we have been on its trail for months now, previously reporting it under its codename of Fighter.
So there you have a rumored roadmap with no dates or time frames other than “fall” for one. Not a lot of surprises other than the HTC device, which we are certainly interested to learn more about if it actually does exist.
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Samsung Galaxy SIII Benchmarked? Here is How Its Quad-core Exynos Chip Compares to the Tegra 3 and Snapdragon S4
A GLBenchmark for the GT-i9300 and its Exynos 4412 quad-core processor appeared this morning, showing off some pretty impressive marks. We are still without confirmation that the i9300 is actually the Galaxy SIII, but after seeing last week’s mega-leak of a device with that model number on video, we have nothing else to go on. At one point we were on the i9300 as being the SGS3, then were off of it, and now, are sort of back on again. Anyways, let’s talk about this benchmark and how it compares to the other top two SoCs on the block, the Tegra 3 and Snapdragon S4.