Snapdragon S4 Pro: Unleashing the beast

Snapdragon S4 Pro: Unleashing the beast
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We've had a lot of movement in the mobile chipset space in the recent years, and by the looks of it, the best is yet to come. With the proliferation of smartphones and tablets, mobile processor makers have been motivated to innovate and deliver faster and more capable chips to market, enabling device manufacturers to create faster and smarter products.

Qualcomm's Snapdragon line has been at the forefront of this tech revolution. From the first 1GHz mobile processor, the original Snapdragon, to the latest generation, the S4, the Snapdragon line has become almost synonymous with the word “chipset”. And while many companies are currently relying on Qualcomm’s dual-core S4 solution, the chip maker recently unveiled an even more powerful SoC (System-on-Chip), the quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro.

Once you’ve looked through the characteristics and the preliminary benchmarks of the S4 Pro, you immediately understand what the hype is all about. Scheduled to make its commercial debut pretty soon, the Snapdragon S4 Pro is expected to blow the competition out of the water. Let’s take an in-depth look at what makes this processor so special!

What’s Snapdragon S4 Pro

The Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro is a chipset designed for heavy duty. It features four Krait CPU cores (although a dual-core implementation is also possible), each clocked at up to 1.7GHz. It’s made using the 28nm technology, but what’s probably its biggest asset, besides the Krait CPU itself, is its graphics chip, the Adreno 320. This mobile GPU (graphics processing unit) is incredibly powerful and allows device manufacturers and software developers to create immersive user interfaces (or experiences) and applications that can make our mobile devices even more capable and fun to use.

Initially, the Snapdragon S4 Pro was designed for use in tablets and notebooks, but, as we now know, it will also be used to power high-end smartphones like the upcoming LG Optimus G.

The benefits

Well, where should we start? With a powerful chip such as the S4 Pro, pretty much every operation on your mobile device will happen faster. More importantly, web browsing should get a significant performance boost, due to the presence of four cores, which can handle a number of open tabs very efficiently.

Apart from web browsing, entertainment is probably the biggest beneficiary of all this horsepower. Not only do you get seamless 1080p video recording and playback (actually the S4 Pro packs so much punch it can play a number of hi-def video clips at the same time), but you also get support for advanced 3D technologies, OpenGL ES 3.0 and high-performance in pretty much all games and heavy applications out there, courtesy of the Adreno 320 GPU.

Speaking of performance, have you seen the preliminary benchmarks of this thing? Running on Qualcomm’s mobile development platform device, the S4 Pro scores over 7500 on Quadrant, while the Galaxy S III (armed with its Exynos 4412 SoC) remains a distant second with a score of just barely over 5300. When it comes to graphics benchmarks, the margin is just as impressive. On GLBenchmark’s Egypt offscreen test, the S4 Pro can score over 130, while the second-fastest device, the Galaxy S III’s Exynos 4412, scores a bit under 100. Other benchmarks, like AnTuTu and NenaMark 2 don't indicate such an enormous lead for the S4 Pro, but they sure confirm that Qualcomm's finest will, in fact, trump anything else once it comes to market. Such benchmark results are quite impressive and promise great possibilities for software developers.

Quadrant Standard AnTuTu NenaMark 2
Snapdragon S4 Pro MDP
7587 13941 59.7
One X (Tegra 3)
4848 11024 47,4
Galaxy S III (Exynos 4412)
5335 12016 58.6


These are good times for the mobile industry. The smartphone market is growing faster than ever, and chipset manufacturers are constantly delivering better and better products in order to guarantee that every new generation of mobile devices is way ahead of the previous one. Normally, we’d ask ourselves if this kind of rapid advancement can continue for much longer, but with upcoming chipsets like the Snapdragon S4 Pro, we’re pretty sure that there’s a lot of good things to look forward to. Speaking of the future, the S4 Pro chip will actually make its debut pretty soon on the LG Optimus G smartphone, which is expected to go on sale in time for the Holiday season.

Here's a video of Qualcomm's Senior Product Manager, Leon Farasati, showing off the features of the upcoming Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset:



1. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

One word for that Quadrant result. "WOW"

2. cheetah2k

Posts: 2213; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Meh @ Quadrant.. it seriously doesn't measure real world performance

4. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

true, all of this doesn't show a real world performance. Any benchmark testing doesn't show a real world performance. But it's a good way to test and compare a device to other devices.

11. abdane

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

i got 60.3 on my GS3 at the nenamark !!!

26. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

And are you aware that any result between 55 and 65 can be ignored in Nenamark? On those results the only thing that shows is that the GPU is too poweful for the test (or the test too weak for the GPU) and therefore you get limited to 60 FPS. Just saying...

38. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

if you run the tests multiple times your results will also edge up. As the test stays in memory it loads faster, thus increasing the score. Again, never trust a non-commercial benchmark. They are meant to be as good as they can be, and not indicative of real world conditions.

9. aaronkatrini

Posts: 242; Member since: Jun 06, 2012

They should put an warning: "It might kill your kitten, destroy your house and start the mayan apocalypse. Use it at your own risk. Have Fun! :)"

34. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

lol I like that. It's that powerful that it might develop its own AI & try to take over the world one step at a time. lol I have always said this & I will say it one more time, Qualcomm is the or should I say was the sleeping giant. They were the only game in town for a LONG while, but then came Samsung & Texas Instruments to steal some of its thunder. This is innovation through competition at its finest. BOTH Samsung & Texas Instruments came VERY strong & took some of the limelight away from Qualcomm, with their respective Exynos & OMAP chips. Well that was the rude awakening Qualcomm needed. Now because of that we WILL see the quad-core Krait S4 Pro that can be clocked to an insane 1.7GHz with the shockingly POWERFUL Adreno 320 before DEC. of 2012. What is EVEN more scary to me is that when finally the Exynos 5 & the OMAP 5 come out (mind you first their dual-core, who knows when the quad-cores will come out), Qualcomm will have something EVEN better than they have now with the quad-core Krait S4 Pro. Qualcomm is so far ahead of their competition that it looks like 2013 will be dominated by Qualcomm just like 2012 was & how it was before when Qualcomm was king. Qualcomm has done its homework & there are now enjoying the fruits of their labor. Congrats Qualcomm you have regained your title of best & most dominant SoC in the world.

37. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

you are just so silly. lol.

53. dmckay12

Posts: 243; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

Why is he being silly?

3. redmd

Posts: 1926; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Release it already.. LG Optimus G

22. Mittal

Posts: 494; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

I only wished they improve upon the device naming... Optimus G? Experia T,V,J ? But yes somehow One X,S, Galaxy S does not sound bad!!

5. Luuthian

Posts: 332; Member since: Sep 09, 2011

I want it... Just not in an LG phone :(. Their OS is too far removed from stock. I'd much rather pick up a Moto device simply because it runs so much closer (even the Galaxy series is too far removed for my tastes). This is all rather moot though. I've never seen phone with as much community support of flexibility as the Galaxy Nexus. I'm benchwarming until I see a new Nexus device. All this power is worthless if the phone itself isn't desirable.

23. Mittal

Posts: 494; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

Mayb but LG 4X HD is the quad core closest to stock compared to OneX or SIII

6. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

i wonder what a quad core ARM 15 exynos would feel like.

27. juanyunis

Posts: 73; Member since: Aug 31, 2012

Well, based on this the difference between Exynos Quad Core Cortex A9 and S4 Pro is not that big, being the Exynos an old technology, so i guess when Samsung unveils the new Dual Core A15 Exynos will blow the S4 Pro, being just a dual core. So imaging a A15 Quad Core Exynos with the most powerful Mali GPU, it could power a good video game console.

7. aaronkatrini

Posts: 242; Member since: Jun 06, 2012

They should put an warning: "It might kill your kitten, destroy your house and start the mayan apocalypse. Use it at your own risk. Have Fun! :)"

8. bayhuy

Posts: 320; Member since: Jun 23, 2011

I'm constantly scoring about 5800-6000 in Quadrant with my Tegra 3 based One X. Antutu is about 12000-12500 ...

12. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

you must have the sense 4.1 update with android 4.0.4......right?

10. J1919

Posts: 32; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

This reminds me... Why has LG gone so silent since unveiling the OG?

13. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

put this on an xperia phone or one of motos razr phones......and im completely sold!

50. buccob

Posts: 2963; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

I might be one of the only ones waiting this on a Asus PadFone 2... :-P

14. baldilocks

Posts: 1494; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

Hmmm, my stock Tegra 3 One X gets well over 6,400 in Quadrant. You guys need to do your articles and test equipment with the LATEST hardware/software versions. Your articles become less valid when you use old numbers.

15. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

yea dude but how in the hell are you gettin 6,400 with a freaking tegra 3 on the one x is the question?? must be doing some serious modifying!

16. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

pics or gtfo for that one, but you are right when you say that they need to update the numbers :L Making one x look bad when tegra 3 is quite powerful..

40. rizevnarastek

Posts: 349; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

Here's a link for the benchmark where in surpasses 6000 on quadrant... no GTFOuting here :)

41. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

aaaand why I dont trust quadrant. See the big increase in green? What test is that? The I/O test. The easiest faked part of the whole test... :( That just means that HTC is taking a page from Sammy and Sony and buffing the I/O scores.. Also, why does it compare it to a bunch of single core and older dual core models? The only current chip device in that whole mix is the 3 Tegra3 chip based devices at the top.

55. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

I know about 6000+ but not 6400! haha and plus remixfa is an idiot -.- The benchmark compares it to a few set devices, if S3 was doing this benchmark too it would also be compared to those models.

57. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

if your going to call someone an idiot, be prepared to back it up with a fact or 2. You have none.

59. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

I actually did. But since you cant read, here we go again. "Also, why does it compare it to a bunch of single core and older dual core models?" Those models on quadrant are set, there is no "bias" when it is compared to those devices. Every phone that does quadrant are compared with them. Its obvious from your other comments that you are just a hater, so im going to leave it at that. Pointless talking to a brick wall.

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