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

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



1. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

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

12. Rimm-Jobs unregistered

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

14. ToneDef

Posts: 39; Member since: Jun 15, 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.

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)

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.

17. p0rkguy

Posts: 685; Member since: Nov 23, 2010

Blame the carriers not the manufacturer.

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

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.

24. sgogeta4

Posts: 394; Member since: Feb 02, 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.

2. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2360; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

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

4. nastynaps

Posts: 93; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

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

10. Junglejoe unregistered

you got adblock on your mobile device?

22. Leftheodo unregistered

I do, on opera mobile!

3. som

Posts: 768; Member since: Nov 10, 2009

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

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.

11. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

What are you on 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

6. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

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

7. HTCiscool

Posts: 449; Member since: Jul 16, 2011

Who didn't already know this?

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.

9. henrickrw

Posts: 408; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

The Beast

13. PotDragon

Posts: 214; Member since: Jul 22, 2011

Slight differences in processor speed...shrug. Rather see a phone with 2 gigs or more of RAM. Of 4g in 2011 makes an instant fail device. Like the X2 and the iphoneANY.

18. Tmachaveli

Posts: 425; Member since: Apr 01, 2011

Bad ass phone

19. anirudhshirsat97

Posts: 408; Member since: May 24, 2011

That's one good slap integrated devices..!

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

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.

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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