Intel has very recently shown its intention of entering the mobile world with a blast, by showcasing an event at MWC this year. It chose Orange’s Santa Clara as it’s test platform.
The Santa Clara is packed with a 1GB RAM and a PowerVR SGX 540 graphics processor. It did draw some ridicule before being taken out for a bench marking session-Reason (The Atom z 2460 is a single core processor !!). But it quickly silenced critics as it performed way above expectation. Well the z2460 packs a lot of punch as it is capable of HyperThreading, Intel’s patent and it’s own way/method of dealing with any sudden demand for processing power.
We did manage to run a few browser based bench-marks on the phone and to our pleasant and not so unexpected surprise, it performed amazingly well. It scored almost 90K on BrowserMark beating the iPhone 4s by a slight margin. The Samsung Galaxy Nexus scored a 100K, but we must see that it performed on a dual core and that too is powered by ICS. The Santa Clara iwas running on Gingerbread (Android 2.3.). We strongly believe that the score will jump up once the Santa Clara gets the proposed ICS update.
The Atom processor was clocking at 1.4 GHz and used Android 2.3.7 on the Santa Clara. The Intel based Droid also performed brilliantly by outpacing the NEXUS and quad-core based Asus Transformer Prime. But we still are holding our hats as the main tests are yet to be done. Browser based tests aren’t the conventional way of pushing a processor’s limits and they rarely do either. So we will have to wait till we get the real tests performed.
But On behalf of Intel we can all say SO FAR SO GOOD.