Jan 30 AT 12:16 PM Nick Gray 21 Comments

A look at the first Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon S4 benchmark scores


When it comes to new phones, we’re all a little curious as to how they’ll perform when compared to devices currently on the market. Since Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon S4 (MSM8960) CPU with Adreno 225 GPU will be all the rage at Mobile World Congress next month, you can probably imagine our ecstasy to see the first benchmark scores for the new chip hit the web.

Over the weekend, a mysterious device running Android 4.0.3 with a 1024×600 resolution display (a typical resolution for 7-inch Android tablets) hit NenaMark’s website, posting a score of 54.9 for NenaMark2. A score of 54.9 may not sound much higher than the 46.2 the Samsung Galaxy S II received running on a Cortex-A9 paired with the Mali-400MP GPU, but it does translate into an 18.8% performance increase. Add in that the mysterious device is pushing 60% more pixels than GSII, and you have yourself a pretty impressive feat.

Benchmark scores don’t always paint a full picture of how a device will perform in the real world, but they do give us an idea of how a device will be able to handle 3D gaming and multitasking. While we only have one benchmark to go on, it looks like the Snapdragon S4 chip will live up to the high expectations that Qualcomm has set before us.

How many of you are looking forward to purchasing a new phone powered by a Snapdragon S4 chip in the near future?

Via: PhoneArena

Source: NenaMark

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. Nick joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

    Looks to be on par with Tegra 3. However, both are slower than the upcoming OMAP4470 which has the newer PowerVR SGX544 GPU.

    • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

      It’s nice to see a dual-core chip on par with the quad-core Tegra 3. While graphic performance is nice, I think the true differentiator for next-gen chips is how long they can last on a single battery charge.

      • dreamdoggy22

        I’m with you on that Nick. Battery life is everything (almost everything)!! I’m looking forward to real world comparisons between the new chipsets.

        • professandobey

          Battery life is important, but I find that 4G and the screen use considerably more.CPU efficency can only do so much. The key is bigger batteries (in small packages: Razr Maxx) and/or better battery technology (which is still a few years from production).

    • http://www.jeffkibuule.com Jeff

      Do we know if they went for the MP2 configuration for the GPU yet?

    • metafor

      Depends on the clockspeed of the 544. This about matches the 543MP2 at 200MHz. TI has generally been pretty aggressive when it comes to clockspeed so if we see a 544MP2 at higher frequencies, it could well beat both Tegra 3 and S4.

    • Richard Yarrell

      Sounds like the OMAP 4470 is in the Galaxy Nexus that will appear on sprint. They should be happy when Gnex arrivrs on their network….

    • Moosa Mahsoom

      nope. Adreno 225 is as powerful as the one on the PSVITA which is similar to the 544 in architecture. just minor improvements.

    • Moosa Mahsoom

      One more benchmark has pop up from the HTC Ville(HTC VLE U in the site). recognise it from the video. Scores a max of 60.6. 2nd highest.

  • jo

    not really impressive ey?

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      Qualcomm has traditionally been weak in GPUs the last couple years, so it is impressive to see them be on par with the competition now. They could be leading by the time their Adreno 3xx GPU comes out in late 2012.

  • spazby

    Not bad

  • Zak Lambert

    I’m extremely excited to see what is available this summer when my contract expires.

  • http://mobileboard.blogspot.com Piotr Andrzejewski

    It’s good to see that new Snapdragon can provide decent performance. It could be great alternative for Tegra 3, even without having 4 cores.

    But the biggest advantage of having Snapdragon-powered device is that Qualcomm provides more complete sources of their driver, which NVIDIA does not. It is really a pain in the neck for developers.

    Tegra 3 may have more cores, which are able to reduce overall power consumption, but this 28 nm chip should also bring good battery life.

    Tegra Zone for NVIDIA devices is also nice and includes a few interesting titles, but we all know that Qualcomm is working on it’s own games center for Snapdragon devices.

    I’ll be watching closely new devices equipped with Qualcomm new SoC, because it looks really promising.

    • CTown

      I also see games like Qualcomm exclusive such as “Desert Winds” an advantage for Snapdragon devices!

  • slurms mckenzie

    i want exynos 5250

    • kazahani

      *Drooly drool*

  • aranea

    I like the speeds and graphics they get but I agree that the real deal is power consumption. Even a dual-core cpu does a lot in a phone. What’s so fast mean if you have to charge your phone in the middle of the day.

  • Shane Dumas

    That is pretty nice to see. I know the OMAP chip outperforms both the tegra 3 and the snapdragon chips. What I am waiting for is to see the performance of the new exynos chips. I think Taylor got to play with one at CES and said it was really nice. I know they have 2 new processors coming out this year. I would love to see the A15 in a Samsung device and take that for a spin.

  • Nathan D.

    Sweet can’t wait to see this in action =)

  • tarwinia

    I wonder how final the software is. If it’s still pre-production it might get even better in the final version. The resolution tells us it’s not the Qualcomm reference platform after all.