You’ve already seen some hefty benchmarks for Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 chip and we’ve already seen some of the mighty capabilities of the chip, so you want more, right? Qualcomm is more than ready to tease us even further. Get ready for this folks: the fine team at Anandtech managed to get their hands on a Qualcomm developer unit which is powered by the MSM8960 chip, which is dual-core and clocked at a not-too-shabby 1.5GHz. They ran the developer unit through a battery of tests and benchmarks and the results are nothing short of astonishing. Keep in mind these are results from a dual-core-based chip.
The first type of test was a standard Linpack multi-threaded test. As you can see, the developer device powered by the MSM8960 chip blew away the competition… and it wasn’t even close at a score of 218. The devices that came closest to the MSM8960-powered device was a Qualcomm MSM8660-powered developer device which was developed last year came in at a score of 90 and a Samsung Galaxy S II at a score of 84. Yes, you read that right— the MSM8960 developer device was rated over 120 points higher than both the Galaxy S II and the MSM8660-powered device.
The oh-so familiar Vellamo scores were equally dominant, scoring a radical 2581. To put this into perspective, my phone (Motorola Atrix 4G) scored a 673 which is considered “solid” and the Galaxy Nexus scored a 1151.
This is the one time where it’s OK for you all to drool on the floor, I’m excited over this chip too. Expect the first round of smartphones using the MSM8960 chip to arrive in the coming months. Perhaps we’ll see a few introduced next week?