Qualcomm shows how its 2010 Snapdragon chip destroys this year's Intel Atom (video)
The Intel Atom Z2460 Medfield platform is Intel’s big push into mobile with decent battery life and performance, but how exactly does it rank against current ARM chips? Truth is, it still has some catching up to do, and Qualcomm is taking advantage of this in the video below.
In it, the chip maker compares the Medfield chip not with its latest, but with last year’s hardware on the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S. And what's more - the device runs on the 2010 Snapdragon S2, a chip released two years prior to the Atom. Still, it just destroys the Intel Atom chip demonstrated on what looks like a similar to Intel’s reference design phone. Check it all out after the source.
2. aaronkatrini (Posts: 237; Member since: 06 Jun 2012)
wowowowow... that pinch to zoom on Intel's is horrible!! Even my good-old HTC Wildfire is way better beyond that!
But hey... its just a qualcom commercial... we'll wait and see
3. smallworld (Posts: 438; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)
Yey Xperia arc !!
But to be fair both phones should have been on the same version.
4. gunnroses (Posts: 20; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)
Because it's sony, try samsung device it's choppy
5. thelegend6657 (unregistered)
Well the snapdragon s3 isn't a big leap from the snapdragon s2 anyway
Qualcomm , if you have testis compare the arc s against the Motorola razr I
Not bullying a intel reference device with a finished product
Show me your balls Qualcomm
6. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)
Since Snapdragon is the most popular processor around in the smartphone world, it makes sense that most apps are optimized for it thus better experience. If software is poorly optimized for a hardware you will have various bugs and poor experience. For example the latest PC Port Dark Soul, where fans are trying hard optimizing it with mods and patches.
That is why i always say it useless to bitch about Qualcomm and Praise Exynos like a blind fanatic. Exynos is surely very powerful but also less popular than Qualcomm.
You are getting apps optimized for your hardware, just be happy to have pleasant user experience. That's all you need to care, your phone get your job done, that's it.
7. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4023; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
This commercial has way too many variables in order to be reliable.
8. StephenGalop (Posts: 52; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)
You know what's funny? An Android phone with S4 dual core processor STILL can't pinch to zoom with 100% lag free!
It is already there on Windows Phone 7 with S2 processor LOL
9. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4023; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
My GS2 with an S3 processor, which is being called one of the worst dual-cores, can pinch to zoom 100% lag free... So I doubt the legitimacy of your statement.
12. StephenGalop (Posts: 52; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)
Since when GS2 had S3, nice try but you got it wrong fanboy..
14. StephenGalop (Posts: 52; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)
So I doubt the legitimacy of your statement.
21. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4023; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
The US version has an S3 for HSPA+ 42 and LTE compatibility, which the Exynos 4210 was not capable of. The S3 processor is found in the T-Mobile and a special AT&T version of the GS2. Don't call me a fanboy, that's kind of not true.
33. remixfa (Posts: 13909; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
please dont comment unless you research just HOW WRONG you are first.. oi..
Berzerk is beyond right.
10. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)
aaaa are you speaking for "Every" phone that is/has a dual core snapdragon S4??
13. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)
16. StephenGalop (Posts: 52; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)
'Android', look at the lag when the guy tries to scroll down on the S4 processor..
17. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)
this is jus "one" phone bro.......time to grow up
22. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4023; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
That was the Sony Ericsson Arc with an S2 processor they were using in the demonstration, not an S4. That's why in end of the video they said that the competition is 3 years behind, because the S2 is 3 years old...
20. eisenbricher (Posts: 971; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)
My Nokia's future is in your hand : )
18. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
Well, even if flawed, the video most definitely hints at the true point out there - that Intel's newest is a bad joke compared to Qualcomm's newest ;)
Medfield is an ancient tech next to Snapdragon quad core with Adreno 320
25. remixfa (Posts: 13909; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
its a first generation chip. Its bound to suck. Intel is trying to squeeze big x86 tech into an ARM playing field. This isnt the first time they have tried that... and they have failed every time.
37. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4023; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
This is Intel's first chip in the mobile industry... Comparing it to the S4 Pro quad would be like comparing the Tegra 650 to the Exynos 4412, it just doesn't work.
Now, for the Razr-i, they did a pretty good job. It scored close to its S4 brother (Razr M) in most benchmarks, despite being a single-core chip. Also, the fact that it can be clocked up to 2 GHz is amazing, while the quad S4 Pro can only be at a max of 1.7 GHz if I'm not mistaken.
Give Intel a year or two to advance, they'll be a major competitor soon enough.
23. Tsepz_GP (Posts: 819; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)
LOL @ the dumbass Android hater who didnt even know the US GS2 had a S3 CPU! The US Samsung S2s and S3s use Snapdragon CPUs, its a well known fact! Quit spewing your garbage here.
Anyway my Exynos based GS2 on 4.0.4 pinchs-to-zoom lag free in its built-in browser, Chrome, Dolphin and Opera Mini, thanks. :)
24. remixfa (Posts: 13909; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
I call shenanigans.
What S2 device had OFFICIAL upgrade to ICS/JB? That phone was tweaked to all hell and back and there is no telling what version of software was on the medfield.
That said, I figured the medfield would be a disaster for at least a generation or 2, so that's no surprise. If it cant hang with an S2 crapdragon, which is a bad chip in comparison to that generation's Hummingbird, then it has issues... big issues.
That said, I ran the new velamo2 benchmark on my SGS1 running ICS (single core hummingbird) and my LG-Gslate running JB (dual core tegra2) and the SGS1 spanked the crap out of it. I figured it would be close.. it wasnt that close.
29. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
XPERIA ARC/ARC S IS OFFICIALLY UPGRADED TO ICS.
And I can assure you that it works just as smooth as in this video even on stock gingerbread.
I own one.
34. remixfa (Posts: 13909; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
oh calm down. I didnt check its update history. So that makes what.. 2 phones with single core and official ICS updates? lol
My SGS1 runs pretty damn flawlessly with ICS and its a single core with 512mb ram as well, so i dont doubt that it can happen. My SGS1 with ICS rom outscores my T2 based JB Rom'ed tablet on benchmarks.
35. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
ya, i got that..your point?
i've no beef with that :p
my beef was with your accusation based on ignorance. snapdragon S2 can run just fine, and the video was credible in that regard.
26. Feregorn (Posts: 5; Member since: 19 Sep 2012)
Well, well....Seems like Qualcomm feels trheatened enough by the behemoth Intel entering this market, that needed to push out a video with a beta competitive unit, that hasn't been on the market yet, to prove what? The future holds the answer boys, and the people at Qualcomm sure ain't relaxed...
27. ahhxd717 (Posts: 317; Member since: 08 Dec 2011)
Hmmm, I wonder what OS version they're using on the handsets. In my experience, My Inspire 4g (which had a Snapdragon S2) wasn't super slow and anything like that in day to day use. Web browsing wasn't bad either, with pinch to zoom operating similarly to the video (maybe a little less smooth). But it also was running Froyo/Gingerbread so I think it's pretty good. Idk why it gets the crap that it does, considering it is from 2010.
32. Kronic (banned) (Posts: 321; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)
So crapdragon doing well huh? Impressive I must say, the pinch to zoom seemed as fluid as WP and iOS!
36. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
Where did you fell from?
This isn't even a new "crapdragon" - it's an OLD single core!.
And the irony.. the pinching/scrolling actions actually looked sub-par, based on my experience with the Xperia Arc.
But then again, i use Opera mini and Dolphin - it works buttery smooth, especially on Opera.