Qualcomm has launched a new Snapdragon processor at an event in San Francisco. Called the Snapdragon S4 Pro, it’s a quad-core chip designed to take on the might of the NVIDIA Tegra 3 and Samsung’s Exynos 4 Quad. And judging by the early benchmark tests, they’ve got plenty to fear.
The 8064 S4 Pro has four 1.5GHz Krait cores, which can run asynchronously, meaning they don’t all need to blast away at full power all the time, and instead individually scale their power to reduce energy consumption. The same process is used in dual-core Snapdragon S4 processors too.
It’s an interesting alternative to NVIDIA’s way of solving the problem of power-hungry quad-core chips, where a fifth “companion” core deals with mundane tasks until the four primary cores of the Tegra 3 are called into action.
The S4 Pro has been paired with a new Adreno 320 graphics chip too, which promises four times the graphical processing power of the current Adreno 225, and can happily run at more than 60 frames-per-second at 1080p too.
Qualcomm is rightly proud of its new S4 Pro chip, and showed off a Quadrant benchmark test at the event, where the S4 almost doubled the results of the Tegra 3 in the Nexus 7, and soundly beat the Galaxy S III too.
A developer-only tablet housing the S4 Pro is available for around £1000, but Qualcomm says the first consumer-grade S4 Pro devices will go on sale before the end of the year, and we have a feeling they’re going to be very special indeed.