The first benchmarks of a Windows Phone 8 device have been released to the public via an app called WPBench, and the results are predictably tantalizing. The “Juggernaut,” whose name we brought you a few weeks ago with a leaked list of upcoming WP8 devices, scores a 151.14, compared to the next highest score of 97.32. That 55% jump in score is likely attributed to a dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, but let us make no mistake: that differential should, and likely will be, a lot higher come launch day.
One has to remember that all second-generation Windows Phones used essentially the same single-core processor, clocked between 1.4 and 1.5Ghz. The Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255 is in the S2 chip family; the Snapdragon MSM8960 is in the S4 family. There is likely going to be a speed and efficiency bump alone going from a 45nm to 28nm manufacturing process. Add in another core with new instruction sets and vastly more efficient software and you’re likely going to reach improvements in excess of 100% upon launch day. At least, this is what we hope to see.
Nevertheless, the Juggernaut Alpha (and it is still an alpha) is not messing around — that score is a harbinger of good things to come. Windows Phone 8 will finally be able to compete with iOS and Android in terms of sheer speed, and the apps that go along with that performance boost are going to be highly desirable.