Qualcomm says Snapdragon S4 will exceed the gaming experience found on today's consoles

Qualcomm says Snapdragon S4 will exceed the gaming experience found on today's consoles
Imagine being able to play console strength video games wherever you go, using your smartphone to replace those bulky boxes in the corner of your room. You would use the display on your handset until the opportunity to plug in an HDMI cable presents itself. What about the inner workings of those consoles? After all, the PS3 is said to have more computing power today than the Apollo astronauts had at their fingertips on the way to the moon. Thanks to the next build of Qualcomm's Snapdragon chip, your smartphone will have more power than the PS3, and other game consoles. This is something we've reported on even last November.

As we have told you, Qualcomm's next Snapdragon chip will be the S4 which will allow your smartphone to eventually replace your dedicated console. The S4 will have dual-core Krait CPUs (28nm) teamed up with the speedy Adreno 225 GPU. Even right now, Qualcomm's S2 chips powering Windows Phone 7 handsets are playing Xbox Live. And the recently released Snapdragon S3 is chock full of power and functionality. Check out the video below to see how the S3 works on mobile gaming.

With NVIDIA making a smooth transition into the world of smartphones with the dual-core Tegra processors, Qualcomm is trying to cross-over into the gaming world. This is one of those situations where competition will really help the consumer as faster, smaller and more powerful electronics lay the foundation for a more mobile world of gaming.

source: Qualcomm via AndroidandMe



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46 Comments

1. adrenoFAILS unregistered

snapdragons are great cpu but their adreno gpu is always trailing compared with their competitors.

7. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Correction: Snapdragon is SoC not CPU, Scorpion is CPU.

9. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

pau, they are renaming all qualcomm chips to the S1,s2,s3,s4... its not scorpion anymore, its S2 or S3 depending if its single or dual core. :)

12. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

S1, S2, S3, S4 all thise SoCs still belong to Snapdragon's family and full naming is: Snapdragon System 1 Snapdragon System 2 Snapdragon System 3 Snapdragon System 4 Also S1, S2 and S3 contains Scorpion CPU.

18. 2ndPhoneArenaUSer unregistered

doesn't take away from the fact that adreno gpu is still slower than say mali or powervr.

31. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Does my previous comments talk about that? No! Then you are off topic.

33. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Look the S4 is not out yet, but one thing Qualcomm will do is that their new S4 will use less battery life. The new 28nm tech is what will enable the S4 to save so much power. I will believe that is will be a very powerful chip. My S3 on my HTC Evo 3D plays EVERY game out there now, plus it does it while pushing higher pixels on the qHD screen. If it had less pixels it would be even more monstrous! I am very happy with the S3 chips, they work just as well as other chips out there. Again there is NOTHING out there now that can make the S3 even hiccup! The S3 is a VERY competent & powerful chip. I have used Nvidia’s chips & I can’t notice a difference at all.

41. GUEST unregistered

S3 is old cortex 8 technology. Nvidia an ti and exynos are all A9 technology. Not that s3 isn't decent, its just not up to par with other dual core chips. Nvidia has the most powerful gpu even more so then exynos.

46. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Scorpion CPU has many features similar to those of the ARM Cortex-A8, but it is NOT a ARM Cortex-A8.

23. TOdoubleD

Posts: 114; Member since: Mar 28, 2011

You might want to do a little research. When put in phones with the same screen resolution, the adreno 220 is right at the top of the charts.

27. Idontbuystock unregistered

wow troll! just look on youtube as people run benchmarks, all of the video clearly shows that adreno IS a good gpu but IS beaten by the mali 400 and powerVR.

29. dumbas$TOdoubleD unregistered

if YOU had done any research before you ran your mouth you would know that screen resolution accounts for less than 5% of gpu processing. I bet you own yourself a evo 3d or the sensation and you feel you had to come here and defend what you've got huh TROLL!

40. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

No one is defending anything. The Qualcomm chips run one core at a time because it only uses BOTH cores when it needs to, that is why they are good on battery consumption. So the benchmarks are actually impressive because the run on ONE core. Imagine if the cores were running at the same time like the OMAP, NVIDIA, & Exynos. Then the numbers would be EVEN BETTER. It's like fighting with one hand tied behind your back. The HTC Evo 3D & Sensation's S3 chips are excellent chips.

42. IEatApples

Posts: 66; Member since: Jul 06, 2011

Actually smartbench 2011 utilizes both cores and phones with s3 chips have scored consistently lower then phones with nvidia and exynos chips. Exynos has the most powerful cpu out there and nvidia has the most powerful gpu. S3 chips are A8 technology when all other dual core chips have the new A9 technology.

43. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

From what I read Qualcomm ONLY use 1 core at a time, I need some proof that Smartbench uses both of the cores of the S3 simultaneously! I know the S3 chips are A8 tech that can handle ANYTHING you throw at it. Now imagine the same tech used on the A8 chips but implemented on a A9 chip. Qualcomm has something going for them they can make the most of any chip. The A8 is old tech that hangs with the newer A9 chips. If that is not impressive what Qualcomm is doing then what is?

44. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Qualcomm's Scorpion CPU whose architecture is based on the ARMv7 instruction set. This CPU has many features similar to those of the ARM Cortex-A8, but it is NOT a "genuine" ARM Cortex-A8. And that's why there is a difference between Qualcomm's Scorpion CPU and original ARM Cortex-A8 CPU. Also ARM Cortex-A8 and ARM Cortex-A9 both are based on the ARMv7 architecture.

47. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Thanks so much, I now have a better undrstanding. :-)

45. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

@IEatApples "Exynos has the most powerful cpu out there and nvidia has the most powerful gpu." Samsung's Exynos 4210 (a.k.a. Orion) and Nvidia's Tegra 2 both use the same ARM Cortex-A9 CPU. "S3 chips are A8 technology when all other dual core chips have the new A9 technology." First of all A8 and A9 is not a some kind of technology, it is just a Cortex-A series naming. Also Qualcomm's S3 SoC use Scorpion CPU which has many features similar to those of the ARM Cortex-A8, but it is NOT a "genuine" ARM Cortex-A8.

2. Zeroos18ve unregistered

Wont EVEN touch the newest quad core Nvidia or the next gen TI Omap5's good try tho :)

22. TOdoubleD

Posts: 114; Member since: Mar 28, 2011

Do you have any evidence to back this up, or is this just another, "it's better because I say it is" scenario. I heard a lot of the same comments about nothing is going to beat the Tegra 2, and well.. that's not true.

3. iankellogg

Posts: 155; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

Is there any phones on the market or coming to market with the S3?

4. HTCiscool

Posts: 449; Member since: Jul 16, 2011

Well the video at least made me feel better about the lack of an NVIDIA chip or whatever in my phone, btw iankellog, the HTC sensation and EVO 3D have this chip as well as the HP Touchpad. It's nowhere near the performance levels of exynos however :(

24. TOdoubleD

Posts: 114; Member since: Mar 28, 2011

Because the exynos hasn't been put in anything with a resolution of higher than 800x480. The GPU in the EVO 3D and Sensation is as good as anything else out there.

28. Idontbuystock unregistered

what a troll!

5. FAW-Q

Posts: 63; Member since: Jul 29, 2011

C'mon guys, competition from these chip manufacturers is a good thing for us all.

8. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Totally agree with you!

19. 2ndPhoneArenaUSer unregistered

Oh YEAH!

20. SteveJobs

Posts: 12; Member since: Jul 24, 2011

U fools nothing compares to my new iPhone 5 speeds

11. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

heck yargh!

6. Dark4o90

Posts: 205; Member since: Feb 20, 2011

i bet it won't be as good as tegra 3 or the future samsung's Soc

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