Intel has been boasting about its mobile processor performance to handset manufactures recently, but it looks like the company wasn’t just blowing smoke when its CEO stated that its technology was superior to Qualcomm’s processors. The first benchmarks of Intel’s upcoming BayTrail processor have appeared online, and the results are quite astonishing.
The results have appeared in the always popular AnTuTu benchmark under a device named “byt_t_ffrd10″, a Bay Trail-T reference device I suppose, and looks to be around 30 percent faster than Qualcomm’s top of the line Snapdragon 800. The score: a mighty 43416.
The result is impressive enough on its own, but there’s something even more shocking that you should probably note. The quad-core Baytrail chip is apparently only clocked at 1.1GHz, compared with the Snapdragon 800 which runs at more than double the clock speed, typically around 2.3GHz. For the sake of an easier comparison, I’ve updated our benchmark chart with these scores, although please remember that the Snapdragon 800 and BayTrail results aren’t from finalized devices.
This BayTrail result clearly beats everything on the market right now, dominating the current top of the line Exynos 5 Octa and Snapdragon 600 processors, and none of the Snapdragon 800 benchmarks are even close to touching Intel’s new SoC - it truly is a monster, if these results are accurate.
However, it is worth noting that we’re not sure exactly what sort of device this result was recorded with, and therefore we don’t know what the power consumption was like or if this quad-core chip will ever be used in a smartphone. So, it remains to be seen whether BayTail can perform this well in a real handset or tablet, where there are greater limitations on power requirements.
On the other hand, the final version of BayTrail is expected to clock in at a more regular 2.1Ghz, which could potentially double the AnTuTu benchmark result. The Silvermont cores used in the BayTrail SoC are also expected to be much more power efficient, Intel says five times as efficient, than the existing Saltwell cores used in its CloverTrail chips.
Either way, this result seriously suggests that Intel may finally be onto a winner with its latest mobile processor, now all we need are a few devices to make use of all this power. What do you make of the score, are you keen to get your hands on a BayTrail powered handset or tablet?