Nov 30 AT 4:00 PM Taylor Wimberly 66 Comments

5 compelling reasons you will want to buy a dual-core mobile device

All I want for Christmas is a dual-core superphone, but it doesn’t look like Santa is going to deliver one this year. Why am I so excited about this one hardware spec for my next Android device? To put it very simply, dual-core processors will raise the bar for performance and capabilities in mobile devices and they will become the new standard in 2011.

The dual-core Tegra 2 processor by NVIDIA is already shipping in tablets overseas (plus Sears) and it is expected to power the first wave of dual-core superphones and Honeycomb devices. Both the LG Star and the Motorola Olympus have been confirmed to feature the Tegra 2 processor and I expect we will see more products announced in early 2011.

So why should you want a dual-core processor? Read on after the jump for the top reasons why multi-core CPUs should be at the top of your wish list.

A block diagram of the dual-core Cortex A9 microprocessor.

A block diagram of the dual-core Cortex A9 microprocessor.

Desktop PCs transitioned to multi-core processor architectures five years ago for a reason. They offer higher performance and lower power consumption. Single-core CPUs found in mobile devices have started to top out in the performance per watt and multiple cores is the answer to that problem.

NVIDIA just published a whitepaper titled The Benefits of Multiple CPU Cores in Mobile Devices and it has some pretty compelling reasons to go with a dual-core processor in your next gadget purchase. The report is focused on their Tegra 2 SoC (System-On-a-Chip) architecture, but it is based on the ARM Cortex-A9 design so these benefits should also be available to similar A9 CPUs from Samsung, Texas Instruments, and Qualcomm.

None of these dual-core phones have hit the market yet so we have no way of telling which will perform the best, but NVIDIA seems to think pretty highly of their Tegra 2. They are describing it as “the world’s most advanced mobile processor” and released a bunch of benchmarks to back their claim up.

The five major points that NVIDIA is promoting for Tegra 2 include:

  • Faster Web page load times
  • Lower power consumption and higher performance per watt
  • Higher quality game play experience for advanced console-style mobile games
  • Highly responsive and smoother UIs (user interfaces)
  • Faster multitasking

Yes please, I’ll take one of everything. Let’s break down their claims and see how the average Android geek will benefit from a dual-core processor.

Faster web page load times

Single-core vs. dual-core web browsing.

This one seems pretty obvious. Each CPU core is capable of operating independently on different workloads so it splits up the tasks of rendering a web page. One core takes on the Active X and Java code while the second works on the Flash content and video.

I’ve been using Flash Player 10.1 for several months (first on my Nexus One and then a G2) and while I’m satisfied that it just works, the performance is a little sluggish. Videos load slow and the page scrolling is a little jumpy when a site has multiple Flash objects.

NVIDIA included several browser benchmarks that compare the Tegra 2 with previous single-core phones.

Javascript benchmarks show Tegra 2 delivers faster runtimes and page render times.

In the Moonbat JavaScript Benchmark the dual-core Tegra 2 is 1.5x to 2x faster than an equivalent single-core Cortex A9 version and at least 1.7x to 2.4x faster than competing ARM Cortex A8 based application processors.

Bring on the faster page loads.

To further emphasize the speed of dual-core CPUs that support symmetrical multiprocessing, NVIDIA also benchmarked a dual-core Tegra 2 vs a Tegra 2 with only one core enabled. Their results show that the average web page loads almost 50% faster.

Verdict: Approved – We all browse the web from our phones and who doesn’t want faster load times? Sign me up.

Lower power consumption and higher performance per watt

Dual-core processors can do the same work using less power.

Every time I write an article about dual-core processors in a mobile device someone cracks a joke about needing to carry around a really long extension cord. Some people think that a faster processor would automatically eat up more power, but it is actually the opposite.

NVIDIA does a nice job of dumbing this down a little, so I will quote their whitepaper:

The Tegra solution is more power efficient and delivers higher performance per watt than single core processors. In order to meet peak performance demands in a multitasking environment, a single core CPU not only runs at higher clock frequencies and voltages than a dual core CPU, but also takes longer periods of time to complete a given task.

NVIDIA Tegra employs SMP (Symmetrical Multiprocessing) technology to distribute and share task workloads across the two processing cores and thus each core is not fully loaded and does not have to run at peak capacity/speed. This enables the system level power management control logic to run the two cores at much lower operating frequency and voltage and thus achieve significant power savings.

For tasks that are highly parallel, NVIDIA Tegra is able to distribute the workload across the two CPU cores and complete the task much faster than a single core CPU solution. Thus the dual core CPU on NVIDIA Tegra would be able to complete a task quickly and enter into a low power state to conserve power, while a single core processor would have to be in an active high power state for longer periods of time to process the same task. For low intensity workloads that only require the processing power of a single core, the other core can be turned off, reducing power consumption to almost the same level as that of a single core CPU.

The whitepaper gets pretty technical, but NVIDIA’s example shows that dual-core processors can do the same work as a single-core while using 40% less power. We don’t know what the overall battery life of dual-core phones will be like since we don’t know what other power sipping features they will include, but a dual-core CPU should go a long way in helping out.

Verdict: Approved – Everyone wishes their phone’s battery lasted longer. A more power efficient CPU should help to extend battery life for the common user.

Higher quality game play experience for advanced console-style mobile games

Dungeon Defenders

Dungeon Defenders is headed to Tegra 2 devices.

NVIDIA has focused on graphics processing units since they were founded in 1993, so gaming should be an area they excel at.

One thing is for sure, the Tegra 2 SoC will be the only dual-core platform that has a “console class Ultra Low Power (ULP)” GeForce GPU. Unlike Samsung and Texas Instruments that license their GPUs from other companies, NVIDIA designed their mobile GPU in-house.

Their whitepaper didn’t provide a ton of technical information about their mobile GeForce GPU, but NVIDIA says the architecture of the GPU in the Tegra processor is similar to that of desktop GeForce GPUs. This means that games that were originally developed for multi-core desktop CPUs and desktop GPU architectures can be easily ported to run on NVIDIA Tegra.

We are already seeing this come true since Epic Games is releasing their Unreal Engine 3 for Android and id Software is working on their Rage Mobile engine. The best 3D engines are going mobile and game studios will be able to easily port their titles to Android. Dungeon Defenders is a prime example as it will released on the Playstation Network, Xbox Live Arcade, PC, iOS, and Android in a short period of time.

Most current console and PC games were developed for multi-core hardware so they will deliver the best performance on mobile devices that support multi-core architectures.

A couple of benchmarks were tossed in to show how Tegra 2 handles games in an environment with background tasks.

Reports show that the number of mobile gamers will grow to 100 million by 2014. Developers of popular console games will not be able to ignore this growth and will port their titles to phones and tablets.

Verdict: Approved – Some Android phones are more powerful than the iPhone 4, but Android still doesn’t have the same quality of games that you find on Apple’s iOS. We want better games, so bring on the dual-core processors that will make it easier for console developers to port their titles to Android.

Highly responsive and smoother UIs and faster multitasking

Android was designed for multitasking, but we have all experienced some slow down on our phones when we have multiple apps running at the same time. I’m not sure if dual-core processors can totally eliminate the pauses we sometimes experience, but it should help greatly reduce them.

NVIDIA explains the Android multitasking situation as follows:

Smartphone users typically have several applications running concurrently. For example, it is not uncommon to see applications such as web browsers, streaming music, email syncs, social network syncs, and news feeders running concurrently on a mobile device. Under such heavy multitasking conditions, single core CPUs often hit peak utilization and are unable to immediately switch over to processing user interaction tasks, and this results in delays and noticeable lag in responsiveness.

Since a dual-core CPU with symmetrical multiprocessing can dynamically divide the workload among both cores, the operating system can assign background tasks like music streaming and syncing to one core and use the other core for latency-sensitive tasks such as user interactions and web browsing.

Future versions of Android (like Honeycomb) should also increase the overall responsiveness since Google is working on GPU acceleration for the whole UI.

Verdict: Approved – No one likes a smartphone that stutters, but it is bound to happen when running multiple apps. Dual-core processors should improve the overall responsiveness and that is something we can all be excited about.

Conclusion

No matter what type of Android user you consider yourself to be, dual-core processors should have some benefit to offer you. They will raise the performance bar, reduce power usage, deliver console-style games, and make the overall Android experience more responsive.

We don’t know which dual-core CPU will be the fastest, but NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 will be the first.

LG and Motorola are going to deliver Tegra 2 phones, NVIDIA’s CEO said Samsung would be a big customer, and Digitimes reports that NVIDIA has received Tegra 2 orders from others including Asus, Acer, and Toshiba.

I haven’t even played with a Tegra 2 phone yet, so I’m not saying they are going to take over the world but it certainly appears that NVIDIA has won quite a few product designs and will have a chance to get in the ring with Qualcomm and Samsung. Texas Instruments is also still in the picture but there hasn’t been much news about their dual-core OMAP4, which we don’t expect to see till Q2 2011.

I’m excited to see NVIDIA enter the game just like I was glad to see LG leak their dual-core phone. Android is a great breeding ground for underdogs and I love the competition it gives the big guys. If LG starts cranking out quality high-end phones on every carrier with the latest version Android while their competition continues to ship devices with outdated software, then people are going to start buying more LG devices.

We should also trust that Motorola knows what they are doing since they have the best selling Android phone to date – the original Droid. If Motorola switched from Texas Intrusments to NVIDIA for their high-end processors, that should tell us a lot about the performance of Tegra 2.

Multi-core processors will be the standard in mobile devices starting early next year and I can’t wait to see the new experiences that they will unlock. If you are in the market for a new Android phone, I think waiting a month or two for a dual-core device is the smart thing to do in the long run.

I’m just one geek, so I’m curious what you guys think. Are dual-core phones starting to look more tempting now? What other areas do you think the CPU makers need to address? Are you ready to pre-order that first Tegra 2 phone or will you wait and see what Qualcomm and Samsung deliver?

If you want even more information about Tegra 2, hit up the source link for the full whitepaper.

Source: NVIDIA

Taylor is the founder of Android and Me. He resides in Dallas and carries the Samsung Galaxy S 4 and HTC One as his daily devices. Ask him a question on Twitter or Google+ and he is likely to respond. | Ethics statement

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      I want two

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  • kwills88

    My g1 is on it’s last days…hope it can hold on just a little bit longer so i can get one of these phones.

    • agentdiscount

      I have been waiting with bated breath for the next T-mobile phone while my G1 hangs on.

      It’s running CM6 but it is…very…slow.
      The loud speaker is shot or blown out after an alarm reminder played repeatedly at high volume for 20 minutes.
      The white looks like a shade of gray now.
      The screen is pristine, thanks to those plastic protective film.

      Meanwhile, the wifey has a Vibrant that runs so much nicer. I was so hoping the Nexus S came out before Christmas…

      • falmc

        im in the exact same situation. As much as ive modded my G1 its really showing its age and evey day the desire HD gets even more tempting. Now with talk of quad cores I think ill just give in and get the HD. Everything techwise is obsolete soon after release anyway!

  • dixonl90

    I must say this is a brill post. Really cleared up some of the doubts i was having over these dual-core phones apparently coming out. Now how do i get out of an 18 month Desire contract… ;)

  • http://flavors.me/davidmnoriega David

    I still don’t believe the hype around multi-core processors. In both the PC and mobile space. I’m a sysadmin and the only places where I’ve seen multi-core processors really show off their power is when programs specifically are built to take advantage of that architecture. It goes beyond simple multi-threading to multi-process communication being the key to using it to the fullest. I’ve yet to see any OS really move beyond single core execution.

    Again with the benchmarks. 1) They dont mean much and 2) kinda misleading as if your benchmark app takes advantage of multiple cores, of course it will give a higher score.

    • http://Website Nate

      Once these comes out the high performance games will be designed to take advantage of the two cores and therefore your argument is invalid.

    • http://Website Nate

      Once these come out the high performance games will be designed to take advantage of the two cores and therefore your argument is invalid.

    • http://Website Westy

      I mean your beef is with developers not taking advantage of the hardware. NVIDIA can only make the hardware and drivers they cant force developers to utilize it to its full potential. It will take a while for these to catch on and be an industry standard but it will happen. WIth how quickly things move in the phone world I believe you will see developers take advantage of the hardware once it is a standard.

    • IHTCEvo

      Okay what don’t you understand 2 is better than 1 :)

      • http://Website Brian

        That’s not necessarily true though… when desktop computer chips transitioned from from single to multiple processors the issue was, like others have mentioned, that software didn’t always match the hardware and failed to utilize the extra core(s). That wouldn’t necessarily be a problem outside of the added costs if you were simply doubling the existing chip (ie: instead 1 x 1ghz you have 2 x 1ghz) but the dual cores then were 2 slower cores (ex: 2 x 0.6ghz). The combined speed would be better but when software only used 1 core you’d be running slower than you would with the dedicated faster single core.

        The thing the makes me weary here are the Nvidia slides where they remove the single chips benchmarks and compare only vs. dual core with one core disabled. Why omit the other chips from those comparison? My immediate guess would be their single core losses vs. other dedicated single cores. Question is how much and how often are you likely to have a 1 vs 1 scenario vs the 2 vs 1 they’re trying to sell you, and how much does the Tegra compare in that situation.

    • http://Website Jay

      I agree. Dual core phones seems silly, tablets make a little more sense. Until software is optimized a dual core CPU will make little difference. By the time dual core android and mobile games are released, tri core mobiles may be around the corner. I love android and love the community but sometimes I just don’t get people. Heck, why not make a 64 bit android phone? Sure there will be little performance gain and it’ll take forever to optimize the software and jack up the price, but by-golly I want it! Now if they manage to fit a big enough battery inside to give it a couple days life then go ahead and disregard everything I’ve said…

    • http://Website jo

      i totally agree with you david, all these hardware advances mean nothing if there are no programs written to take advantage. i remember years ago when 32bit cpu’s started coming out in computers, we all thought there would be 32bit games coming out overnight, but years went by before the software caught up. i reckon we’ll be on 2nd or 3rd generation duel-core phones(1 year for android phones, haha) before we really see the advantage…on top of this and a bit off topic all this talk of duel-core phones with super gpu’s mean nothing to me if these phones still only have the battery for a day….GIVE ME A TEGRA PHONE THAT CAN RUN FOR A WEEK

  • http://Website Westy

    I wanted a the Nexus S and when i heard it was going to be dual core it made me want one even more but now with the lack of dual core its starting to sound like a waste. It just doesnt make sense to release the Nexus S with out dual core with the others coming out Q1 2011.

    • http://Website 2FR35H

      What are you talking about? Nexus S is still on track for Dual-Core aka Samsung’s Orion processor of which is supposed to be good I mean their hummingbird processor was good so this essentially should be better.

  • http://Website lovo

    Im really happy wid my Droid x and the performance over all although I do hit lags and it cab get annoying its miles ahead of my g1 and most other phones even tho I won’t be eligible for an upgrade wid Verizon till Aug 2011 I’m most likely if i cab afford it gonna buy the Motorola Olympus even if i have to buy it outright

  • MitchRapp81

    Nexus One, lowest FPS, even lower than Galaxy S ???

    hahahahahahahahah

    find me someone who can run a game on the Galaxy S that isn’t paper toss or tic tac toe.

    go ahead, I’ll wait.

    • http://Website J

      Ummm….

      You wont be waiting very long….

      Asphalt 5
      ExZeus
      Pocket Legends
      NFS Shift
      Super KO Boxing 2
      (only games I have downloaded aside from Angry Birds, which doesn’t count in this instance)

      All of which run flawlessly on my Fascinate.

      Know what you are talking about before spouting off next time?

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  • http://Website Ban

    Anyone want to be a very good condition galaxy s :D?

    • http://Website Dan

      I’ve never had very good posture so I think Ima have to go with ‘being’ the Nexus S… ;-)

  • http://Website Macs

    The Hummingbird processor in the Samsung Galaxy S family has a gpu that is a lot better than the Adreno 200 that is on the Snapdragon of the Nexus One. You can read a review on anandtech.com to prove that.
    The problem with the Galaxy S is on the software side because hardware is really performing.

  • http://www.seeyouinmynightmares.com KING_KG

    My G1 is also on life support. Waiting on that samsung dual core….trying to wait on it anyways. SMH.

  • http://Website Tim

    I will be happy waiting till my contract is up early next year to get a Tegra 2 phone that is rooted and has custom recovery on it.

    Thanks to CM my original Droid is running great.

  • IHTCEvo

    This sucks :’( How come no one told me dual-core was coming out in January? If I had not known that then I wouldn’t have gotten the HTC Evo. I envy you people :(

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      Yep and had you waited till Jan, a month later something better would have come out and you would be posting the same thing.

      • http://Website IHTCEvo

        Lol your right but at least I can still make fun of the iPhone people…… ;)

      • IHTCEvo

        Seems that Quad-core is coming so dual-core will be obsolete.

  • http://Website DCGo

    Every time i read a headline about dual core or tegra 2 devices i get pretty dam excited. Nice Sum-up!

  • mattcoz

    I’m definitely ready to trade up from my Hero, and these dual-core devices are what I’m waiting for. I’d prefer to get an HTC device, so I’ll wait and see how Qualcomm’s dual-Snapdragon compares.

  • http://Website romanV

    I really see only one problem with Android phones and them forcing technology to take leaps and bounds in the mobile arena. My pocket, I will buy every new toy that comes to the market, unshamedly.

  • http://Website Tonedabone

    Well, my contract is up tomorrow (Dec1st) and I was so looking forward to see what Sprint was going to try and get me to purchase (deep discounts) but, I will wait. Wait at least till Jan 6th to see what is coming down the pipe from CES announcements. I have a CDMA Hero, and it isn’t the fastest thing you can imagine, but with my latest cyanogenmod nightly, I’m lovin, scratch that, liking my phone a great deal. Still hoping that Sprint will get something powerful. I know they will get some Windows 7 phones in their lineup, but I would like to see a dual core android device grace their store front shelves.
    Last year through my job, I got my Hero for $29, brand spanking new! If they offer the EVO for that price this year, its going to be hard to resist. Pray for me.

  • http://Website Andrew

    I’m very much on the dual core bandwagon… but after reading some of the articles up at:

    http://smartphonebenchmarks.com/forum

    it becomes pretty obvious that maybe the GPU component of this SOC is a bit underwhelming.. Especially when you consider that the benchmarks nvidia are providing are geared towards multitasking and not pure frame rates….

    It may even appear that the current Hummingbird chip is faster the dual core tegra 2 GPU…

    • http://Website Andy

      Yeah u are right.

      Nvidias Tegra 2 Chip will only be capable of 10 Mbits/sec
      1080p HD decoding. So you can forget all the usual ~30 Mbps H264 rips out there. That’s the reason why the “Boxee Box” changed the chip to Intel CE4100.

      In the official Whitepapers from Nvidia it says that Tegra 2 powered devices are able to playback high definition 1080p videos. Actually not for real usage…
      http://www.engadget.com/2010/09/13/boxee-box-ditches-nvidias-tegra-2-for-intel-ce4100-pre-orders/

      But that doesn’t mean that these tegra 2 devices wont be overwhelming as Taylor wrote. I’m excited anyway :-).

      I mean who needs 1080p playback on a phone right?

      • http://Website Andrew

        That’s one thing where it’s lacking… but the other bit is the GPU:

        From the writeup here:

        http://smartphonebenchmarks.com/forum/index.php?s=696591d51d6487dd44cfe1a0290f8b7a&showtopic=85

        “Its GPU appears to be a bit weak based on the first impression. Samsung’s Hummingbird GPU might still have an edge here. So if 3D games is all you do on your phones, Galaxy S may work out better for you.

        So until other Cortex A9 based processors arrive to the scene by Samsung, Qualcomm and Texas Instrument, this might have the fastest solution.”

        • TheDrizzle

          I believe you are taking the article you linked to out of context. They state that a netbook using the Tegra 2 got lower benchmarks than the Galaxy S line. They also give viable reasons why this happened:

          1. Quadrant is not optimized for dual core phones.

          2. The Tegra 2 was running at a higher resolution than any smartphone today since it was on a netbook. The 2D/3D portion of Quadrant probably took a huge hit here.

          I wouldn’t knock the Tegra 2 GPU’s power based on Quadrant results of a netbook vs a smartphone using a benchmark that isn’t optimized for dual core. Nvidia has been in the GPU game a LONG time, I wouldn’t call their GPU “lacking” based on this article. If you can cite a better example proving that the Tegra 2 has a slower GPU, please do. Your current article is not exactly proof.

          • http://Website Lucian Armasu

            Totally agree. Plus, even if the Galaxy S GPU was in fact slightly better, which I’m sure at same resolution it isn’t, there’s no way the whole chip would give better gaming performance.Tegra 2 has Dual Core Cortex A9 CPU. that’s about 2.5x improvement in performance right there.

            Let’s wait till we see some real life tests when Tegra 2 phones ship before we start downplaying it, shall well? After all, would it matter if 2 chips have the same benchmark results, if one of them clearly has a worse performance for real life gaming and hardware acceleration of Android stuff? Shouldn’t put too much trust in these benchmark tools when they aren’t even optimized for the new chips and they clearly favor Snapdragon chips because those were the first to be optimized for.

          • monlosez

            Galaxy Tab has same resolution as AC100 Tegra 2 Notebook. AC100 does 27FPS in Neocore, which is quite slow compares to Tab with 50FPS.

          • http://Website metafor

            Quadrant is not just a GPU benchmark. I measures a lot of things (hence, why the IO hack in the “lagfix” for the Galaxy S managed to inflate its numbers so much).

            One of the key things in its score is CPU floating point performance. And that would be why Tegra 2 scores so low: it has no floating point unit.

            nVidia felt that anything that could be done in the FP unit can be better achieved through dedicated hardware such as the GPU, dedicated image and video processors, etc. So they decided not to put in the Cortex A9′s FPU.

            That doesn’t mean it’ll be any slower in realistic programs — Tegra 2 has a boatload of dedicated processors for specific tasks — just that when a benchmark is specifically written to test the CPU floating point performance, Tegra 2 will come out short.

        • http://Website Andrew

          Woah.. i got negatively rated?? I know it’s just -1, but still… because I did praise Tegra 2??
          I want it to be successful. I purchase about one phone a year, and unless the Nexus S is dual core (becoming more unlikely every day) & runs on the 850Mhz band also unlikely. I will end up purchasing the Motorolla Olympus.

          So i’m actually hoping I’m wrong, to a degree… because I still know it’ll kick ass :p Just not as much as say the orion or say the 4th gen snapdragon (MSM8960) which is miles off anyway.

          and yes I know, Nvidia make some of the best if not the best desktop GPU’s… but lets say quadrant isn’t optimized for dual core. the scores on the LG Star are lower then the Glaxay S.

          2. Nvidia actual benchmarks shy away from showing you FPS, and instead show you performance based as a % in things that A9 dual core CPUs will blitz such as heavy multi tasking when gaming. So on the galaxy it’s hitting a CPU limit to lower it’s score.. If nvidias GPU was so advanced wouldn’t they show just pure non multi-tasking benchmarks??

          Look.. I’m not suggesting Tegra 2 is slow… but the evidence as it stands indicated that perhaps orion will be quite a bit faster.. at least in the 3D graphics department..

  • monlosez

    nVidia will help Android beat iOS big time. Imaging PC games porting to Android.

    • http://Website 2FR35H

      iOS has been follwing suit of Android so I think iPhone 5 will be a dual-core device possibly with Samsung Orion processor or some form since after all Samsung did make the processor for them as well, and then Apple will claim its revolutionary and be false as always. Who knows maybe by then they will allow iOS to have widgets or even a home screen instead of apps in your face. Anyone notice how iOS is slowly becoming an android?

      • TheDrizzle

        I can hear Steve Jobs now: “The iPhone 5 has a magical, revolutionary dual core processor, the first of it’s kind, ever! Now buy my crap and don’t look anywhere else for comparison, trust me, I was first.”

        And the iSheep will eat it up.

  • http://Website Tom

    So this is the news hyped from the other day? While a nice summary I was hoping for something juicy.

    • http://Website Andrew

      Pretty sure this is not the news…

  • http://Website 2FR35H

    Anyone else notice that the Tegra 2 processor running on one core is slower than the Galaxy S?? Sure Samsung does borrow their GPU’s but their Cpu’s they still create so they aren’t at a total loss.

    • http://Website Andrew

      Like I said in a few post above.. I believe Tegra maybe be a bit behind in the GPU department… There is a really good overview of the Tegra 2 SOC here and it compares it to current and future dual core based SOCs to come. Very good read and doesn’t get to technical.

      http://smartphonebenchmarks.com/forum/index.php?s=696591d51d6487dd44cfe1a0290f8b7a&showtopic=85

      I will very likely end up buying what ever the first dual core A9 based phone that runs on the 850Mhz band.. (at this stage almost looks certain to be the Motorolla Olympus) but honestly my superphone would be the Nexus 2 (pure google) on Orion and obviously 850Mhz AT&T band for Telstra in Australia.

      • http://Website jroc

        My post from Engadget:

        Ok, that post about the Hummingbird GPU being better than Tegra 2…

        That link in the post showed some benchmarks of Quadrant….thats funny right there. Quadrant cant be counted on for overall benchmarks anymore…

        The benchmarks wasnt broken down. The Droid X is listed over the Galaxy S. But…if you use the pro version of Quadrant, it shows the individual benchmarks. The Galaxy S gpu is better than the Droid X’s…

        I dont know which is better or faster…..but using Quadrant as a reference point and not having the individual benchmarks isnt gonna cut it….

        EDIT: Just found this:

        http://androidandme.com/2010/11/news/5-compelling-reasons-you-will-want-to-buy-a-dual-core-mobile-device/ (it points back to this site)

        Take a look at some of the benchmarks…..especially the Quake one..

  • TheDrizzle

    Awesome article. The part about battery consumption was very interesting. I wouldn’t have thought it would save battery having dual cores.

    It’s going to be tough when this comes out to wait for the Orion to get benchmarks.

  • http://Website Kevin

    Mmmm…. Multi core…… now that duo cores are about to come out how about quad core phones so i can throw away my computer??

    • http://Website Lucian Armasu

      We’ll probably see a quad core in Tegra 4 in 2012. And no, that’s not just because the name fits (again!).

      There’s a small chance we’ll see a quad core in Tegra 3, too, but I doubt it. Higher chance to see it as a dual core of 1.5 Ghz or something like that.

      Either way, Intel is screwed, especially if Windows 8 will also support the ARM architecture, which I’m sure it will because Microsoft REALLY wants to put the real Windows on tablets, and they’re not going to fool around with Intel’s (and AMD’s) weak battery lives for long. Quad core ARM chips should be available just in time for Windows 8.

  • http://Website cosmos

    I was so close to buying a HTC Desire HD but I have been holding out until the Nexus S becomes official and we can see if they have indeed made it dual core, and this article makes me feel a little more at ease with my decision! I am so ready to upgrade but whilst the Desire HD may be king of Android phones (in the UK at least) right now, once these dual core phones start coming out it could look dated real quick!

    • http://Website Ben

      I’ve also been holding out for the Nexus S and hoping it’ll be running an Orion with a new PowerVR GPU. I’m using a Galaxy S at the moment and the GPU is truly awesome, it blows away most of the competition.

      I think Samsung are going to do something really special with the Orion. Failing the Nexus S, I might hold on and get the Olympus imported.

  • http://Website Dee

    lol im really starting to think that this becoming ridiculous…
    after tegra 2 then what? how much faster does a phone need to be?
    i think R&D need to research new battery options instead of ways to optimize the same battery phones have been using since the dawn of time…theres got to be something out there waiting to be discovered?
    anywho-
    yay tegra 2 joy joy w.e
    i think the new snapdragons (in the G2 and mytouch) are perfectly capable chips. people were saying google was pushing out updates faster than carriers can handle but yet developers are developing games for phones that cant quite handle them…just saying

  • http://Website teleknEsis

    I picked up a ViewSonic G-Tablet last weekend. It has a Tegra2 chipset and all I can say is WOW, this thing performs. Once you get rid of the horrendous custom OS that comes out-of-the-box and install the latest Tegra drivers it FLIES. Flash plays like butter in the browser and FroYo (CM 6.1 and TNTLite) runs crazy fast. Quadrant scores are ~2400 and so far only 1 of the cores is being utilized. Hopefully Gingerbread will fix that. Battery life has also been phenomenal. I used it heavily for 36 hours before it needed to be charged. I’ve been using it all day today and I’m only down to 55% now.

    If you haven’t been watching what the dev community has been doing on xda with the GTab in the past couple weeks definitely go check it out. I’m definitely a firm believer in the performance of Tegra2

    • monlosez

      Try to run Nenamark on it. See what you get.

  • http://Website Brandon

    The iPhone people don’t care. They’re happy with their phones, and can’t hear you making fun of them.

  • http://Website Brandon

    That last comment was in response to

    “Lol your right but at least I can still make fun of the iPhone people”

    Not sure why it didn’t show up in the right place. Maybe the comment system is broken?

  • http://Website Someone

    Well, even if programs themselves aren’t designed for multicore, it should still help a little bit. Android was designed ground up for multitasking, and therefore generally has one or two things running at the same time. Most applications also don’t require 100% CPU.

    Games, otoh, will definitely need to be designed for dual CPUs. The experience should be a little smoother as there won’t be other background tasks interfering.

  • http://Website jroc

    All those dismissing dual core on phones….

    Just for the better battery life alone that should be reason enough to go dual core…

  • http://Website Gabriel

    It seems my Nexus One is gettin old, I´ll wait for a quad core, but dual core looks very impressive, especially for games and web experience!

  • http://Website ACR

    Sensation, Pyramid and Doubleshot are pretty much same CPU spec.
    http://smartphonebenchmarks.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=258