If the benchmarks done by AnandTech of Qualcomm’s upcoming Snapdragon S4 chipset are any indication of real world performance, Nvidia and Texas Instruments are in for a rude awakening. Currently, the company’s S3 chip, the MSM8660, is in myriad devices from the HTC Amaze to the Samsung Galaxy Note.
The MSM8960 incorporates a brand new CPU architecture manufactured with a 28nm process, down from the 40nm of previous generations, and initial CPU benchmarks blow away the competition. It’s easy to see between 50-100% improvement in some areas, doubling the previous winner, also a Qualcomm chip. It will also be the industry’s first SoC to build LTE connectivity onto the die, something that every other company is relying on separate chips for at the moment, affecting battery life in a big way.
Where the Snapdragon S4 makes limited improvement is in its GPU performance, since the Adreno 225 processor is merely an upgraded Adreno 220. Nevertheless, the results are still very competitive with the latest Tegra 3 and Exynos chips. While Samsung’s Mali-400MP4 and PowerVR’s SGX543MP2 are nominally faster in some respects, the potent combination of the S4 CPU and Adreno 225 GPU are going to make for extremely competitive products from Qualcomm in 2012 and beyond.
Check out all the incredible benchmarks over at AnandTech.