Calves and quad-cores: Snapdragon S4 Pro vs Samsung Exynos 4412 vs Huawei K3V2 vs NVIDIA Tegra 3

Calves and quad-cores: Snapdragon S4 Pro vs Samsung Exynos 4412 vs Huawei K3V2 vs NVIDIA Tegra 3
While we can argue until we are blue in the face whether quad-core mobile processors are anything to boast about in your handset compared to their dual-core counterparts, it is certainly a great marketing tool for companies, so we can expect more and more of these to enter mainstream handsets.

That is why we gathered the existing quad-core mobile chipsets at the office table, and ran a few standard benchmark tests to decide who is who in the world of multicore. Of notable absence are the overclocked 1.6 GHz Exynos 4412 in the Note II and 1.7 GHz Tegra 3+ in the HTC One X+. These would certainly perform better than their basic versions, but are not actually a different processor family, just one with a 0.2 GHz step overclock, so we wanted to stick with stock.

We used the LG Optimus G with its Snapdragon S4 Pro, the Samsung Galaxy S III with the Exynos 4412, the LG Optimus 4X HD with Tegra 3, and the new entrant - Huawei Ascend D quad XL - with its homemade K3V2 quad-core processor.

As you can see from the results in the video below, all except one deliver a similar performance, with Huawei's processor delivering a pleasant surprise in the graphics department, and the Exynos proving to be a great all-arounder. 

The big outlier is the S4 Pro, however, and we have to admit that Qualcomm has done a great job with this processor, whose cores are using instructions from the Cortex-A15 architecture of ARM, just like Apple's newly-minted A6 processor. The weakest performer most of the time was the Tegra 3 chip, which can be expected, as it was the first quad-core processor announced, and is done with the older 40nm process.

Next week is rumored to see the unveiling of a Samsung Nexus tablet with the real-deal Cortex-A15 processor of the Exynos 5-series, so we can't wait to see the benchmarks from that one.

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41 Comments

1. Reverence

Posts: 224; Member since: Jul 16, 2012

good one, but i guess A6 should have also been included, its really fast!

2. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

for an iPhone.... not for an android!

14. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

The A6 can compare with android in 2 benchmarks: - GL benchmark 2. 5 GPU test - performs really great, on par with Optimus G - Geekbench 2 comprehensive all platform test - performs great for a phone with around 1600 score, but Exynos 4412 tops it with the score of around 1800(I don't know the score of snapdragon pro )

22. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Update, s4 pro score is over 17000 on geekbench, and Note 2 hits 20000

23. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

That wouldn't be fair either. All 4 are running 1280x720p (or greater) resolution while the iPhone is running only 1136x640. And soon HTC and their 5" 1920x1080 phones will get benchmarked and "should" score lower than the LG with the same S4 Pro. If the HTC model has no penalty I would be the first in line because at full HD that would be remarkable.

31. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

that kind of difference in resolution is negligible considering how powerful these GPU's are. it's not much work at all for them to push amounts of pixels like this.

38. BrockSamson

Posts: 8; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

Almost 27% more pixels (about 195,000) is not exactly negligible.

39. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

actually, it is. these GPU's are in the same league as the SGX543(MP4) which is in the new iPad and it out-benchmarks all other GPU's pushing 2048x1536 resolution. same for the Transformer Pad Infinity, it has 1920x1200 resolution and it benchmarks as well as you'd expect a Transformer Prime to with a .4GHz increase in clock frequency.

27. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

hmmm i thought the s4 pro would cruch exynos but it didnt. it only stood out handily in quadrant standard test and in others it was always neck to neck with exynos. guess its not that much of a beast as i thought. I think the note 2 processor can beat all of the above

32. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

The S4 pro quad only manages to barely outbench it overall because of its stronger GPU. In the CPU side its still weaker than the Exynos quad.

34. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

thats useful...will keep in mind. Thanx

29. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

What part of "Calves and quad-cores" you can't read?

3. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

Redo this test in a few months. Padfone2 vs Note2 vs OneX+ Real scores of the SoCs will be better shown there :)

4. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2389; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I think it should be clarified that the Snapdragon S4 chipset uses A15-like architecture. They designed their own chipset based on that architecture while using the ARMv7 instruction set. I thought I should put that out there as my friend remixfa would not be happy if that wasn't clarified. I believe Apple does the same thing with their A6 chipset. EDIT: I'm not saying that the article is wrong, but to some people it may be read as the S4 chipset uses A15 Cortex archictecture. So, my post is just to help clarify that to some readers.

5. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

should of definitely used the one x for tegra 3

12. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

No, because it actually fakes the I/O scores in antutu with the latest software update. Kudos to PA for doing this with LG which is the real Tegra 3 performance. I would love to see geekbench scores also but this was still the most rounded test I've seen.

33. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

what do you mean it fakes it? how so?

6. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

im pretty sure that cortex A15 will be super fast!! cant wait for tegra 4 and Exynos 5 (i will also say OMAP 5 but they already give up) and will match S4 Pro! but looking forward for intel chips!

8. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2389; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I believe TI said they would continue to develop mobile chipsets. Their previous statement was misquoted.

13. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

oh ok... thanks for the clarrification! :)

16. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

Not really: they said that just to be able to sell the OMAP 5, but they haven't announced any plans for OMAP 6. So they will probably get out of business after the 5.

35. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2389; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

They probably haven't announced any plans for OMAP 6 because they want to see how successful they are with OMAP 5. I mean I haven't heard Samsung announce plans for an Exynos 6 yet, but it doesn't mean it won't happen. Not to mention we don't know if Amazon is going to buy a stake in TI's chipset manufacturing or not. If that happens, well you can pretty much be guaranteed they'll stay in the business.

36. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

I really hope you are right, but for the announcements themselves it´s easier to infere that after OMAP 5 they go out of the mobile territory.

40. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

We haven't even heard news about the S5 processors. Sometimes they are good are keeping incognito.

7. Jimstar

Posts: 259; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

"Of notable absence are the overclocked 1.6 GHz Exynos 4412 in the Note II and 1.7 GHz Tegra 3+ in the HTC One X+. These would certainly perform better than their basic versions, but are not actually a different processor family, just one with a 0.2 GHz step overclock, so we wanted to stick with stock." -headdesk- I'll hold my tongue on that decision, but to me this just seems incomplete until you test them. Did it not occur to you guys that we might want to know exactly how big of a jump the OneX+ and Note II are over other devices with T3 and Exynos 4412? What's the point of this test if you can't even do that?

9. JKING_25

Posts: 53; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

Tegra 3 looking real bad.

17. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

Well, it was the first coming out, the one with the weakest GPU by far and the only one still built in 40nm. So no real surprse there. You'll have to wait for the new Tegra 4 to see them topping the benchmarks. I personally think they'll manage it as they intend to put the first A15 Quad core in the market and to upgrade the GPU a lot (Fermi is a very old architecture and they'll move to Kepler with unified cores for pixels and vertex shaders).

37. JKING_25

Posts: 53; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

You are right my friend. The Tegra 3 was the first to come out but that's there fault for rushing. the Samsung Exynos 5250 is going to rule all!

41. dmckay12

Posts: 243; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

Being the dominant chip for almost 6 months is definitely a fault. While they are not on top now, it remains relevant almost a year since it was announced. Being first always has its advantages and disadvantages, but it is definitely good for business.

10. StreetNerd

Posts: 870; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

pronounce huawei as gwawei

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