Qualcomm mobile systems-on-a-chip (SoC) power many of the smartphones and tablets on the market today, and that’s why the upcoming Snapdragon S4 part is such a bug deal. This chip has a complete core redesign using Qualcomm’s custom ARM-compatible Krait core and speedy Adreno 225 GPU. Some early graphical benchmarks have showed up online, and appear to confirm that this is going to be one fast chip.
The SoC is built on a 28nm manufacturing process that should improve battery performance and thermals. The Krait processing core is expected to be a bit faster than Cortex-A9 cores licensed directly from ARM. The star of the recent benchmarks is the Adreno 225 GPU, which showed a value of 54.9 in NenaMark. This is a fair bit better than the Samsung Galaxy S II at 46.2, and it was even running at a lower native resolution.
Apple’s A5 SoC still has the fastest GPU on the market in the form of a PowerVR SGX543MP2. Still, the dual and quad-core Snapdragon S4 parts are likely to be the fastest in an Android phone when they begin showing up in a few months.