Benchmarks show Intel’s smartphone running Android Gingerbread smokes the Samsung Galaxy Nexus

This year, like every year for the past half decade, Intel announced that they’re going to make a processor that’s not only small enough to fit inside a mobile phone, but one that can compete with ARM in terms of power efficiency. What makes this year different though is that Intel announced a reference design and two companies who have agreed to make devices using their silicon. Motorola is one of those companies, Lenovo is the other, and the latter actually demoed a device on the show floor that’s based on said Intel reference platform. So just how good is Intel’s foray into the smartphone space? The folks from AnandTech got their hands on Intel’s reference design and ran some benchmarks on it. In short, it runs circles around the best Android device currently on the market, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. What makes things interesting is that the Nexus runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, whereas Intel’s reference platform runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread. This means that when Intel eventually ports Ice Cream Sandwich to their hardware platform, all those software tweaks that improved performance from Android 2.3 to 4.0 are going to give them even more of a lead.

All that being said, we still remain skeptical about Intel based smartphones. Until we see one of the top tier vendors make a device with Intel’s chips inside, meaning either Apple, Nokia, or Samsung, then we can’t take Intel seriously. What ARM offers, besides a vast ecosystem of partners, is a roadmap that goes out several years. Plus there’s choice in the ARM space. Don’t like Qualcomm? Go with Samsung, or Texas Instruments, or Marvell, or ST-Ericsson, hell, be crazy and try MediaTek too. Intel’s got a lot of work in front of them, and we’re confident that they’ll eventually achieve their goal of penetrating mobile, but it’s not going to happen in 2012 and likely not in 2013 either.

  • Anonymous

    At least the Galaxy Nexus is faster than the SII, plus it is Pure Android so in the real world it would be faster doing simple tasks, as well as getting updates faster. No matter what I would still pick a Nexus over anything else. 

  • Anonymous

    And not to forget to mention: the Intel processor will drain the battery in half an hour…

    Really without putting the processor power into relation with its energy consumption is lame!

    • Zoom

      Intel phones will last longer than any other android phone with same battery capacity. Check the facts before commenting.

      • Both of you are wrong, the answer is we have no freaking idea how these things will preform. We need independent testing, not manufacturer claims.

        • Sad_Status

          I thought the test was done independently by Anandtech?  Or are you talking about yet another independent testing?

          • Sad_Status

            Sorry I take it back.  Just looked through his site.  I guess he “witnessed” power consumption testing.  Sounds like Intel did a live demo of power consumption testing or something to that extent.  Anyways, I’d suspect it’ll be similar to what’s reported on that site though.  Maybe i’m naive.

  • miguel martinez

    I’m glad that Intel has stepped up to the mobile chip party even if it did come in kinda late, The more competition the better for consumers, The thing is that I wish it was up to par if not better at being power efficient, that is my main concern overall about these new chips? Other than that, go ahead and have a feast Intel, they been talking down about Intel as if it were no longer relevant. AMD is also steppin gup their game too, good for them. Based on these result there is some sort of optimism here for Intel.

  • Ruizjua

    You are forgetting 2 important factors about Intel Medfield: 1) Medfield is single core SoC beating all the benchmarks from existing ARM dual core CPU…so wait to see when Intel launch the dual core, 2) Medfield is 32nm, and Intel is already producing 22nm parts in high volumen, so it is a matter of short time for Intel to launch the 22nm version of Medfield and nobody will beat the power consumption from Intel parts…ARM has been claiming the crowm because Intel didnt have any part to compete on real mobile devices, but the history has changed with Medfield introduction.

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