The next generation of Snapdragon processors (codenamed “Krait”) aren’t expected to be seen in mobile devices until later this year, but benchmarks are already starting to leak out.
A NenaMark2 benchmark has emerged which shows the performance of the MSM8960 chipset, apparently clocked at 1.5Ghz (most likely dual-core) with an Adreno 225 GPU. Although this is probably a development device, it also runs on Android 4.0.3 and sports a resolution of 1024×600. The score? 54.90 FPS.
That may not mean much at first, but to put things into perspective, a Samsung Galaxy S II running the same benchmark achieves a score of 46.2 FPS. The Qualcomm chip seems to have some nice horsepower if it can outperform the infamous Mali 400 GPU while pushing more pixels.
Having said that, we still have no idea how the chip performs compared to other offerings such as Nvidia’s Tegra 3, or the PowerVR SGX543MP2 found in the iPad 2. There’s still no word on when we can expect to see this specific SoC hit devices either. Oh well! We’ll simply have to make do with the terribly slow dual and quad-core devices for the moment…