Jun 03 AT 3:27 PM Alberto Vildosola 17 Comments

Intel’s Oak Trail gets benchmarked on Honeycomb, we’re somewhat disappointed

Intel might be losing the mobile chip war, but they’re certainly not giving up. Today at Computex, the company showed off a Honeycomb tablet prototype powered by a dual-core 1.5GHz Atom Z670 Oak Trail processor. The tablet, which is made by Compal, also has 1GB of RAM and a GPU based on the PowerVR SGX535. Looking at the specs, you’d expect this prototype to smoke every other Android tablet available today. But no, not even close.

According to the gentlemen at Tweakers.net, Intel has a lot of catching up to do. Right after getting their hands on the tablet, they did what every other geek does after getting a device, they put it through a series of benchmarks — and the results are not promising. On popular benchmark suites like CaffeineMark, Linpack, and Quadrant, the Intel-powered tablet lost by a huge margin to other Android tablets like the Acer A500 Iconia Tab, and the Samsung Galaxy 10.1 Galaxy Tab. Interestingly, the tablet did very well on the SunSpider benchmark, taking first place away from the Asus Eee Transformer Pad.

While it’s too early to tell whether Intel’s Oak Trail will be able to take on NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 or Qualcomm’s Snapdragon, the early results are in, and they’re bad news for Intel. What do you guys think? Do you think that Intel stands a chance in the over-competitive mobile chip market? Would you consider buying an Intel-powered Android tablet?

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Via: Engadget

Source: Tweakers.net

Alberto is a college student living somewhere between Miami, Sarasota and the World Wide Web. Although a former iPhone owner, Alberto is now a proud Android enthusiast. You can follow Alberto on Twitter and Google+ for his thoughts unworthy of an article.

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  • http://Website Richard Yarrell

    Honeycomb is pathetic.

    • http://Website Jon Garrett

      How is this an Android problem? did you not read the article?

    • http://Website Gabe

      You make ZERO sense..

    • http://androidcentral.com Dameon

      Your comment is pathetic.

    • http://Website Richard Yarrell

      Im pretty pathetic aswell and i adore well hung men. : (

      • http://Website Richard Yarrell

        LOL DISREGARD THAT, I SUCK COCKS

  • http://Website Jennifer Garner stalker

    Seems like intel’s old oak is about to cut down….
    …maybe because of the ongoing fragmentation?

  • http://Website JOHN

    The douchebag Yarrell is back….

  • http://Website Matt

    They probably have more chip work to do and they more likely need to do more kernel work. The x86 architecture is very different to ARM’s and that requires much of the code to be altered to work properly. You can expect a better performing demo when the Honeycomb update for Google TV comes out. And @Richard, your comment is unhelpful, you stated an opinion with out giving your reasons as to why you feel that way. Its unhelpful because I don’t know if your opinion is that of a fan boy or of someone who has a legitimate reason for why you feel that way. If you want to rip on Android products then be specific.

  • http://Website Daniel

    Some important things to keep in mind:

    - The SGX535 is a fairly outdated GPU for today’s standards. It’s the GPU found in the PlayStation Portable, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPad 1, and Droid/Milestone. The SGX540 found in the Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab already smokes it, just like the Adreno 205 (Desire HD, Desire S, Xperia Play), and no doubt the Tegra 2 is even better. So you can bet on their graphics performance being poor, but don’t blame the CPU for that. It’s weird that Intel picked such an old design. The article implies that it’s just based on the 535, but even then, why not pick the 540 (or an even better model) as the basis when it’s definitely affordable enough already?

    - I don’t know how exactly CaffeineMark is run on Android, but this is a Java benchmark, so I’m guessing it’s just compiled to Dalvik bytecode and run as a typical (non-native) app. Does the Dalvik JIT run on x86 yet? Lack of JIT could easily kill the performance of Dalvik apps. V8 typically runs on x86, so it wouldn’t be surprising if it’s being used on this tablet (rather than the old interpreter). Its great performance just gives more evidence that the bad results must be a sign of no JIT, and that it has a huge potential to outperform ARM processors.

  • http://twitter.com/wreaking_Hav0k Wreaking_hav0k

    Daniel beat me to the punch in pointing out that the SGX525 is several generations old and not designed for the requirements of the Honeycomb UI. Add to that the probability that Intel didn’t replace the integrated HD4xxx Graphics built into the CPU core and you have additional latency from the graphics chipset having to connect via external connecter (PCI-e)

    Another thing that probably bears mentioning is that Intel hasn’t built their cores around graphics the same way that the ARM chipsets have, so Intel can’t utilize the GPU power for CPU operations like Tegra and Snapdragon can.

  • http://Website Officer Typo

    Typo police!!!! *wiuh wiuh wiuh*

    He wrote dissapointed, although its dis-app-ointed.

    • Alberto Vildosola

      Haha thanks Officer, it’s fixed now

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      LOL dont mess with typo-police officer :D

  • http://Website snowbdr89

    Dick doesnt understand android the dumbass just spouts useless comments

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      yeah i remember Dick Cheney

  • http://www.codefruxtechnology.com Codefrux Technology

    i think, Intel will take a chance in the over-competitive mobile chip market again.. and also consider buying an Intel-powered Android tablet ……..