Qualcomm puts their Snapdragon from 2010 against new mobile chip from Intel

There's been a lot of talk about Intel's new mobile Atom chip on the Internet, and the people at Qualcomm wanted to remind us about how their offering stacks up against it. Qualcomm innards are found on some of todays most powerful Android phones, like the U.S. versions of the Galaxy S3, or the upcoming LG Optimus G, but that's not what Qualcomm is showing us here.

They're using an Xperia Arc, complete with the 2010 version of the Snapdragon in it and pitting it up against what certainly looks like an Intel-powered Orange San Diego, released this summer.

Yes, I'm sure the scenarios were cherry-picked and there are likely areas where the Atom outperforms the Snapdragon, but it's fun to watch. We'd love to see Intel counter with a video of their own, as the more these companies compete against each other the better the products get and the lower the price -- things we're very much in favor of.

Source: Qualcomm on Youtube

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  • Awesome!
  • I have a feeling this might have more to do with the software than the hardware. Doubt we can ever tell unless someone spends time optimizing the Intel Android version and see how much faster it can be made. The ARM version may have much better ARM specific code in places. That being said, I'd take the Snapdragon as it currently sits any day.
  • Yea, that's probably the problem.
    It's sort of the same as why they show the games as being incompatible
    because they run closer to the hardware and they aren't compiled for the intel platform.
  • That's not "the problem". That's "the point". The message of the video is that Intel based phone suck today, they'll suck tomorrow, and they'll probably suck next year while Snapdragon based phone have already been kickass for years. It'll be interesting to see what Intel's marketing looks like over the next 6 months. They're going to have to step up and seriously advocate for their platform, or it's going to end up being just a footnote on wikipedia.
  • Interesting video, although the problem with the broken GPS has nothing to do with the CPU that's in the phone, their is obviously a problem with the GPS in that device.
  • Getting the current location through the GPS algo has a lot to do with processing, because it has to calculate the location once the phone knows to which satelites is connected and blah blah blah, so it takes a lot of calculations so the faster processor you have, the faster you will be "connected" to the GPS
  • i thought that at first too but you also have to consider that the gps is paired with the chip. hence SOC (system on chip)
  • There's no CPU and there's no GPS. It's all the same chip.
  • ZING!
  • intel hyperthreading + multiple cores = win arm a15 processors = win 22nm process and smaller = higher clock speeds/less power hungry
  • This has a lot to do with the software being made for ARM processors. Honestly, this is going to be a problem when a lot of applications won't run on the Intel stuff. I will not be getting a phone with an Intel chip any time soon. If it isn't an ARM processor today, it isn't worth it.
  • While this is a funny video, and I see what they were doing here's my two cents. 1.GPS was probably due to drivers more than the soc itself. Still a problem, but let's be fair. 2. The games thing was more for appeal to consumers than anything. Us geeks know that if we buy an Intel based device games, for the most part, won't work because they are native apps. Although, let's compare any snapdragon to say a tegra 3 or a powervr 543. That would be a better comparison. 3. The performance in the browser was very biased. The Intel device was running gingerbread while the snapdragon device was running at least ICS. The poor performance on the Intel device was due to a lack of hardware acceleration of the ui. Ultimately, the snapdraon'ss are great soc's, but that was a very unfair comparison of soc's.
  • >"Qualcomm innards are found on some of todays most powerful Android phones, like the U.S. versions of the Galaxy S3, or the upcoming LG Optimus G, but that's not what Qualcomm is showing us here." Or the USA HTC Evo LTE or the USA HTC One X which also use the same Qualcomm S4 CPU/GPU/Chipset as the USA Galaxy S3 and are are thus the same fast speed...
  • I enjoy watching massive & entrenched corporations having to work for their food. It was because of AMD that Intel went to x86_64 & low power (for laptops at the time) route. Competition is good for everyone and it's only a matter of time before Intel catches up, they are very skilled engineers with lots of cash.
  • Does anyone remember that Intel said that they were not trying to release the most powerful Android phone back when they partnered with Android? They wanted to release a good phone that will last all day on a single charge without putting a huge battery inside. They have done that. This is an entry level phone. I wouldn't buy it. I want a GSM version of the RAZR HD MAXX with an unlockable bootloader. Stop commenting negatively on every phone that isn't your dream device.
  • You guys(Android Central Staff) don't really realise what you are welcoming into your family here with all this touting(other articles) of Intel chip for android. For one have a look at x86 market and how it is manipulated, for second: have a look at Intels integrated GPUs on x86 systems and their drivers(hint: they are absolute rubbish).
    I always considered ARM family being somewhat competitive and fair. You had several different variations of ARm chips competing with each other. Now you are letting in Intel, who does not compete, just buys its way into the market. If they cannot create something better than competition, they will use brute force to take on the competition.
    A lot of you guys(visitors) are saying that this is driver fault, this is software fault, not the hardware fault. Understand this: it will be ALWAYS software problem with intels chips. They simply are too arrogant to even try dedicate enough money to build proper driver dev team, or if they have a proper team, those guys have no idea what they are doing. SO whoever, ever wants to buy Intel based motorola or orange device, remember this - it WILL be like in this video, because intel does not care. They have a foot in the market, and from now on they will just buy their way up. They will offer other manufacturers best deals and those phone manufacturers will have more design wins soon even than nvidia. Of course someone will come here and tell me that more chip makers, the better(competition is good). With intel there is no competition, same as apple. Just apple relies on world of monkeys and stupid patent laws, intel relies on world of monkeys and their cash.
    Where they are able to innovate(x86 cpus), my my, they create wonderful things, but if they fail to innovate(Atom, larabee project, integrated gpus, etc) - they will force feed others with nice deals and ignore the problems
  • Looks more like a comparison of the Snapdragon S2 and S3 then the Intel processor in the Razr i
  • I think they could have used the same phone! Seriously, if you're going to compare to prove a point, make it an even fight.