Dual-Core Snapdragon S4 MSM8960 Chip Gets Benchmarked, Blows Away Competition


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.


In the Sunspider JavaScript test, you’ll note that it crushed the competition as well. The MSM8960-powered developer device had a total time of 1561ms, almost 500ms less than the DROID RAZR and 700ms less than the Apple iPhone 4S.


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?


source: Anandtech

About the Author: Roy Alugbue

Conceived as Spock’s 4th cousin, Roy has had quite the life. He was born in beautiful San Jose, California, raised in Los Angeles, California and now resides in the greater New York City area. He has always been fascinated and obsessed with technology, especially the continuous advancements of mobile platforms. He was a Blackberry slave since his undergrad days at the University of Southern California until realizing in Feb. 2011, there were greener pastures in the land of Android. His first Android phone was the Motorola Atrix 4G, and he hasn’t looked back. He currently works in corporate media, enjoys following media and technology trends, reading a good book, weightlifting, playing on his XBOX 360 and conversing with total strangers.

  • http://www.facebook.com/sebasgl1 Sebastian Garcia Londoño

    ohh my freaking god, and is just a dualcore… imagine the second generation of quad-core snapdragon procesors