While Intel started out slowly in the Android world, powering only entry-level devices during 2012, we suspected that one of these days the world’s largest semiconductor chip maker will be looking to step things up.
And when Lenovo showed us the humongous 5.5-inch IdeaPhone K900 at CES, we stopped asking “when” and started wondering “how much”. It was obvious this was going to be the first state of the art high-end Android device to rock an Intel CPU and we knew it was coming soon, but we still had no idea how much snappier the new Clover Trail+ platform would prove compared with the company’s previous efforts.
Now however we’re starting to form an idea, and we’ll tell you this – it’s beyond our wildest dreams and ARM’s darkest nightmares.
Ready for it? Well, it seems that the Lenovo IdeaPhone K900 with “Intel Inside” has scored a whopping 27,154 points in an AnTuTu benchmark test performed by Tech Authors and a slightly lower 25,481 in a similar test conducted by GSM Insider.
For those unfamiliar with this particular benchmark, AnTuTu is a tool that measures several aspects of a device’s hardware performance and speed, including the memory, CPU integer, CPU floating point, 2D and 3D graphics and SD card reading and writing. After doing this, it crunches all the numbers and comes up with a total score, which in this case is above 25,000 points.
But let’s see how some of the competition ranks in the same benchmark test. What’s everyone’s go-to “phablet” nowadays, the Galaxy Note 2? Well, as it happens, the big guy running on Sammy’s awesome Exynos 4412 quad-core platform can only achieve scores of between 13,000 and 15,000 points in AnTuTu.
Okay, maybe that’s not a fair comparison, as Lenovo’s 5.5-incher is due out in a few months, when the Note 2 will already be a dated “beast”. How about if we put the K900 head to head with HTC’s Droid DNA, the world’s first 1080p phone and one of the first to come rocking Qualcomm’s ARM-based Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU?
I’m afraid the DNA is not serious competition for Lenovo’s Intel-powered fellow either, also scoring in the 13,000-14,000 range. So, the K900 has theoretically almost double the speed of these two super-phones while having a processor with half the number of cores? It certainly appears so, though before getting too ahead of ourselves we have to note a couple of things.
First off, we have no way to know if these benchmark results are legit. They are after all easy to manipulate or fabricate from scratch, so food for thought, okay? Also, in all fairness, the S4 Pro, like the Exynos 4412, is last year’s news.
Hence, a much fairer duel would be that between this new SoC from Intel, Samsung’s 8-core processor, Nvidia’s Tegra 4 and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800, a comparison we aren’t able to perform just yet. Until we’ll do that though, it’s becoming more and more obvious that Intel is serious about Android and that ARM is in for a fight if it wants to keep its supremacy.
Do you guys agree? Are you excited about Lenovo’s K900? Do you think the leaked benchmark results are real?