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Qualcomm's dual-core S4 beats Huawei's quad-core K2V3 chip in GPU benchmark

April 2, 2012

The guys at Huawei made quite a stir at MWC earlier this year, when they announced the upcoming release of the Ascend D Quad XL, Huawei’s claim to the title of “world’s fastest smartphone”.

While most of us weren’t exactly sold by their very bold statement, a benchmark leaked a couple of weeks ago seemed to confirm Huawei’s claims. The Basemark ES 2.0 Taiji scores at that time placed the Ascend D Quad XL, powered by the quad-core K2V3 chipset, in front of the Galaxy Note and the Asus Transformer Prime, which we all thought were the two most powerful Android devices available on the market.

Powered by Samsung’s dual-core Exynos processor and Nvidia’s Tegra 3 platform, the Samsung-Asus duo was clearly trailing behind Huawei’s future flagship, which made us all believe for a second that we might be dealing with a very surprising winner of the most powerful mobile processor title.

However, what we didn’t have back then were Qualcomm’s new processors’ scores, which surfaced not long ago on The dual-core MSM8960 is a 28nm chip based on Krait, Scorpion’s successor, and equipped with the latest Adreno 225 GPU. This silicon beast is, according to this benchmark, actually a tad faster than Huawei’s 1.5 GHz K3V2 quad-core processor.

Even though the differences are not significant (the Qualcomm chip scored under a point more than Huawei’s processor in the Basemark ES 2.0 Taji benchmark), it has to be underlined that we are looking at a dual-core processor beating a quad-core one.

Moreover, the dual-core Krait in the benchmark powered a Pantech Vega LTE SKY phone, a device that doesn’t say much to a regular Android enthusiast and that comes from a manufacturer that is not currently regarded as an important player in the technology market. I’m not an expert in processing speeds and mobile chipsets, but I think that it’s only natural to expect even more power from, say, a Samsung or HTC smartphone featuring the same platform (like the North American version of the HTC One X).

I don’t know about you, but for me this news comes as a bit of a surprise, if not shock, which makes me once again think that we haven’t yet seen all there is to see in the smartphone/tablet market in terms of processing speeds. The guys at Qualcomm might have come up on top today, but there are several other benchmarks where the other important processors might gain the upper hand. Also, don’t forget that, while useful, exciting, and interesting, these benchmark scores are not to be trusted one hundred percent, as they don’t accurately reflect real, day-to-day performance.

That being said, let these bad boys fight for our satisfaction, because we are most definitely going to be the winners of such fierce competition!