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Samsung Galaxy S II graphics processor found to be fastest among current smartphones

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Samsung Galaxy S II graphics processor found to be fastest among current smartphones
We didn't have high hopes or hard numbers for the Mali-400 GPU desinged by ARM that found its way in Samsung's first dual-core chipset Exynos, but going with PowerVR was obviously no longer possible in light of the battles between Apple and Samsung.

The last year's finest Apple A4 and Samsung Humingbird both utilized PowerVR, but this year the new dual-core chipsets A5 and Exynos went separate ways with both the architecture and the graphics subsystems.

AnandTech, however, compared the Mali-400 GPU performance, and found it to be better than other graphics chips in current high-end smartphones, including for the Adreno 220 GPU as found in Qualcomm's Snpadragon S3 in phones like the HTC Sensation 4G or HTC EVO 3D, for example. Still, the performance of Mali-400 gives way to the complex PowerVR SGX543MP2 graphics subsystem in the Apple A5 dual-core silicon, as found in the iPad 2, just as expected. 

Apple will most likely go with this A5 chipset for its next iPhone (s) as well, so the graphics reign of Exynos among smartphones might not last much longer, but about that time we will have either a TI OMAP4460 or a more souped up Exynos version in the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, so the next iPhone will probably be compared to their metrics.

source: AnandTech

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posted on 19 Sep 2011, 05:29 5

1. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


It wasn't really a surprise that Samsungs Exynos has the best graphics...

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 08:09 3

12. Rimm-Jobs (unregistered)


Fastest graphics, slowest updates. That's always been Samsung's modus operandi - great hardware, piss-poor software/firmware.

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 08:23

14. ToneDef (Posts: 39; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


I have read this comment before but no-one has ever provided a table comparison to say what they're comparing it to, and the actual dates when those comparators were updated. Perosnally, I don't mind about how often I get updates - I just want software that is stable and works.

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 08:33

15. Rimm-Jobs (unregistered)


Have you tried TouchWIZ? Can you really say that prior to 1.2GHz dual core CPUs, it works? It's laggy as all hell.

Anyway, since you asked, here's a link to an article with facts about updating to newer versions of Android amongst the major manufacturers. It's from January of this year - it's the most recent I could find. (Also, remember, it's not taking into account phones Samsung promised updates to Froyo, then went back on their word)

http://blogs.computerworld.com/17649/android_upgrades

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 08:38

16. Rimm-Jobs (unregistered)


Sorry, must have accidentally hit submit. Anywho, the charts show that at that time, HTC had updated 50% of it's smartphones to Froyo in an average time of 56 days. Moto had updated 15.4% of it's phones in 54.5 days. Samsung, 11.1% in an average of 159 days.

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 08:51

17. p0rkguy (Posts: 684; Member since: 23 Nov 2010)


Blame the carriers not the manufacturer.

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 11:57

21. Leftheodo (unregistered)


HTC's phones are branded too you know! Anyway Samsung is a great manufacturer and i hope they do smth about their updates

posted on 20 Sep 2011, 18:25

27. RIMM-Jobs (unregistered)


It's not the carriers, or all phones would be slow on the updates. There's a huge difference between frequency of updates from Samsung and HTC. Verizon carries many of each manufacturer. The HTC phones are updated three times as often, three times as quickly.

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 17:13 1

24. sgogeta4 (Posts: 392; Member since: 02 Feb 2011)


Samsung openly acknowledges their weaknesses and they know their limitations in the smartphone world. They are actively improving their software and firmware division by hiring many of the best programmers, such as the CyanogenMod team and will definitely have great future products. As stated, it's not how often updates are given but the stability, and I believe the next TouchWiz will be amazing with their current programming team.

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 05:42 5

2. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 1958; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


DEAR PHONEAREANA, get rid of thoes annoying pop up ad's

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 06:33

4. nastynaps (Posts: 93; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Get adblock, don't surf the net without it.

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 07:55

10. Junglejoe (unregistered)


you got adblock on your mobile device?

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 11:58

22. Leftheodo (unregistered)


I do, on opera mobile!

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 05:57 4

3. som (Posts: 768; Member since: 10 Nov 2009)


Rotten Apple have to go down to hell with other chips.

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 06:45

5. rasnicki (unregistered)


This has to be some kind of a joke, right?!

Why is there no mention that the Mali-400 GPU doesn't support texture compression formats such as PVR, ATITC, DXT...
As a result, many games aren't supported on GS2 so you have to root the phone, install Chainfire 3D and tinker with the settings to make it work.

Just one of the many issues with this phone and one of the reasons I already sold my GS2.

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 08:01

11. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)


What are you on about....so far every game I have tried works perfectly...the only games that don't work are the tegra versions and we all know why...but if yo want to okay them then you need chainfire

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 06:47 2

6. remixfa (Posts: 13942; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


ha, i guess a few of us constantly linking to this Anandtech article got PA's attention. :)

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 06:51 3

7. HTCiscool (Posts: 449; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)


Who didn't already know this?

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 07:13 1

8. bada_slave (unregistered)


Hey Peter, what are you doing here man!!!!
The BADA PARTY has been delayed since you went underground. Come on man, the BADA COCKTAIL is desperately awaiting the touch of your divine lips.

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 07:18 1

9. henrickrw (Posts: 407; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


The Beast

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 08:22 1

13. PotDragon (banned) (Posts: 214; Member since: 22 Jul 2011)


Slight differences in processor speed...shrug.

Rather see a phone with 2 gigs or more of RAM.

Of course....no 4g in 2011 makes an instant fail device. Like the X2 and the iphoneANY.

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 08:52

18. Tmachaveli (Posts: 425; Member since: 01 Apr 2011)


Bad ass phone

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 10:47

19. anirudhshirsat97 (Posts: 397; Member since: 24 May 2011)


That's one good slap integrated devices..!

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 10:54

20. KingK (unregistered)


Not the fastest, bunch of those tests it loses and the ones it wins they are compared to qhd resolutions. Pointless comparison.

Mali is actually weak and slow.

Where's smartbench gaming at??? lol

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 16:52

23. BrockSamson (unregistered)


Anandtech does not make pointless comparisons. If you think so then you failed to read the entire article or at the very least missed some of the obvious yet important bits of information, like how some of the benchmarks were run at 720p off-screen to prevent the native device resolution from influencing the results.... and the GS2 still smoked them all.

The only area where the Mali-400 GPU sucks is vertex performance (and it does suck at it) and that doesn't matter because mobile games and apps are not demanding when it comes to vertex performance, nor will they be for the moderately foreseeable future. So even though the performance of the chip is skewed fairly heavily to one kind of rendering, it just so happens that this is exactly the kind of rendering done on mobile devices today, which is why the real world performance is so much higher than all the other devices.

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 18:55 1

26. BK (unregistered)


PhoneArena tried to place IPhone 4 on those charts to compare it with Galaxy S II but failed. Overshadowed by its main competitor and many many other competitors. Not to mentioned the IPhone 3GS.

So they used the IPad 2 instead. Get the logic?

Should they edit the chart to include Galaxy Tab 10.1?

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