Jul 25 AT 10:57 AM Taylor Wimberly 25 Comments

Qualcomm again shows off quad-core CPU, expected in devices later this year


If you want to see what kind of power future Android devices will be packing, check out these latest benchmark scores from Qualcomm’s upcoming quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro. Qualcomm invited us to check out their new tablet mobile development platform featuring the upcoming APQ8064 chip, but we were unable to make it. Thankfully Anand Shimpi and Brian Klug of Anandtech were on hand to run the device through its paces.

The Snapdragon S4 Pro (APQ8064) is very similar to the Snapdragon S4 found in the US versions of the HTC One series and Samsung Galaxy S III, but it features four Krait CPU cores instead of two and it includes the newer Adreno 320 GPU.

After testing the new Snapdragon S4 Pro Anand wrote, “Overall Adreno 320 looks to be a good step forward in performance, although still a bit slower than the latest and greatest from Imagination Technologies [found in the new iPad]. Compared to what everyone else is shipping in Android based tablets/smartphones however, Adreno 320 is easily the new king of the hill.”

Considering these are early benchmarks on development hardware, the results are looking pretty good for Qualcomm. Graphics performance appears to have doubled from the Adreno 225 found in the current Snapdragon S4, and in GLBenchmark it was found to be “72% faster than NVIDIA’s fastest Tegra 3.”

Qualcomm and Bsquare also announced that the new Mobile Development Platform (MDP/T) for Android tablets based on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 Pro Processor is now available for developers to purchase for $1,299.

Several handset makers including HTC and LG are rumored to be working on smartphones that will feature the Snapdragon S4 Pro, but most of the details are still a mystery. However, we still expect to see some devices with Qualcomm’s new quad-core CPU in stores by the end of the year.

The latest generation of mobile chips is already good enough for the current apps and games, so it will be interesting to see what kinds of new experiences the handset makers will enable. Qualcomm seems to think that augmented reality apps will start to gain popularity, and I think the faster GPUs will enable mobile devices to drive higher resolution displays.

What kinds of experiences would you like to see with the next wave of faster mobile processors?

Via: Anandtech

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  • Fulaman

    I’m not overly impressed with the benchmarks. If it can not eclipse the Ipad 3 despite the ipad 3 being relatively old then what’s the point?

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      TI’s upcoming OMAP5, expected in devices by early 2013, will have faster GPU performance than the iPad 3.

    • WlfHart

      “Considering these are early benchmarks on development hardware, the results are looking pretty good for Qualcomm.”

    • emily, proud ipad owner

      Im glad my iPad 3 humiliates every other device. I made the right decision, i dont wanna end up with an inferior android device. You better get the best device (iPad) at once.

      • Tariq

        I think you’ve totally missed the point. The android eco system is so far ahead of iOS that even if it were 10 times faster, it’s still a shity apple. Would you take a black berry or a windows phone even if it were 10 times faster and for free? No neither would i. iOS falls into the same category, it’s not worth s**t and that’s the truth

      • Dags -

        Speaking of humiliation – aren’t you embarrassed every time you start up iTunes?

      • masterpfa

        I’m happy you’re happy with your iPad 3.
        But humiliates??????? Get real one bench-march does not a superior product make.

  • Ardrid

    I would kill for this or the OMAP5 to end up in the next Nexus. Talk about a mobile powerhouse. That said, you have to give credit to Apple (and Sony) for picking PowerVR’s SGX; that chip still packs a serious punch.

  • BigCiX

    I hope the OMAP 5 is in the Nexus. I also hope Samsung doesn’t make it and this time it comes with an SD slot.

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      If Google releases a new Nexus phone this holiday season (2012), it will not have OMAP5 (2013).

      • thel0nerang3r

        or SD card, there are various technical reasons why they are going away.

        • Derek

          Yea, technically speaking, its called being cheap. It costs more to write software that takes into account the option of having SD card. It also costs more in manufacturing costs to have the SD card socket and room for it on the main board vs. just putting on the next step up in memory chip.

          • kazahani

            This would be fine if the manufacturers gave us ample built-in storage, but they don’t. They are happy to CHARGE YOU $50 – $100 MORE for a higher capacity model, even though the price of flash memory has fallen DRASTICALLY in the past year. Seriously, go to the local electronics store and you can find a 32 GB micro SD card for less than $30.

  • Max.Steel

    So this tablet costs $1300. I know it’s not for regular consumers but the iPad costs $500 or so. Yet this tablet can’t outperform the iPad? The newest iPad came out months ago.

    • thel0nerang3r

      Read the source article or Qualcom’s press release. Customers are paying for technical support.from Bsquare.

    • kazahani

      Yeah, I wonder how much Apple charged for their last iPad dev platform…

  • Nathan D.

    Well it comes close to the ipad3 but it still doesn’t beat it which is disappointing but it still an early developer kit so it can still be improve a bit. But hey it still blow out the rest of the competition.

  • Tarwin

    You have to remembere certain things:
    It doesn’t beat the iPad 3rd gen but that tablet has a higher res screen than anything available, so the fact that it comes quite close in the glbenchmark egypt 2.1 offscreen 720p test means that it might have comparable performance in actual usage due to the differences in the number of pixels each is pushing.

    Secondly it doesn’t beat the iPad 3rd gen in the GPU… The iPad’s CPU is still a dual core CortexA9 at slower speeds. Which means CPU-wise… it’s more like driving a mustang compared to my granny’s walker…



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  • Dmtdroid

    these ISHEEP are Simply Pathetic this is an android site android is KING not some silly litte ipad iphone etc Opensource> over Closed source ANYDAY

  • Rushaoz

    [email protected] the apple trolls scouring the android websites for articles like these to try and justify your horrible purchase. What sad, little, insignificant lives you all lead. A slight overclock of maybe 200MHz or so would put the s4 pro ahead of the ipad 3. Go ahead and try and overclock your ipad. No go ahead. I’ll wait… :D

  • mtmerrick

    That S4 wallpaper is epic. Where can I get a higher Res version? =D