February 25, 2013
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Synthetic benchmark suites do not always reflect real life performance, but they do give us a good idea of the performance of a mobile processor. Until actual production units hit the market, benchmark scores are the best guidance we have.

That’s why I was excited to learn that the new Tegra 4 system-on-a-chip has been put through its paces in a suite of benchmark applications, and the results are nothing short of amazing.

According to the folks at Engadget, who got some hands-on time with Tegra 4-powered reference devices provided by Nvidia, the new 4+1 cores chipset smashes previous records in benchmarks like AnTuTu, Quadrant, and SunSpider.

For instance, Tegra 4 scored 16,436 in the general-purpose Quadrant v2 benchmark. For comparison, the new HTC One with Snapdragon 600 scored 12,417 in a recent test, while the Nexus 4 (running a Snapdragon S4 Pro chip) scored less than 5,000.

In AnTuTu, another synthetic benchmark, the Tegra 4 reference tablet scored 36,305 points, more than three times the score of the Tegra 3-equipped Asus Transformer Pad Infinity.

The SunSpider benchmark is a JavaScript test suite that gives us a measure of how fast can a device load a website. Tegra 4 managed a very impressive 499ms (less is  more here). The iPad 4 scored 865ms in the same test.

In the graphics department, the Tegra 4 device scored 57 in the GLBench Offscreen, compared to the HTC One X+’s 37.

PC Magazine and other tech sites have also run these benchmarks with similar results. With the caveat that benchmark scores also depend on the software installed on the device, I am glad to see Nvidia making such impressive strides. Qualcomm really got the industry in a chokehold this year, so it’s good to see they still have some competition.

Unfortunately, Nvidia has warned that the soonest we can expect the first Tegra 4 equipped Android devices is late summer, so we still have  a lot to go until we get to test the Tegra 4 in real life. Meanwhile, Qualcomm promised that the Snapdragon 800 will beat the Tegra 4, and Samsung’s Exynos 5 Octa chip shapes us to be quite competitive. Interesting times ahead!

Bogdan Petrovan
Bogdan is the European Managing Editor of Android Authority. He loves tech, travel, and fantasy. He wishes he had more time for two of those things. Bogdan's phone is a Nexus 6P.
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