If you haven’t been following the tech news over the past four days, you’ve certainly missed out on a lot. Among them would be the announcement of the Sony Xperia Z, the Huawei Ascend Mate, the Ascend D2, the Samsung’s eight core mobile chip the Exynos 5 Octa, the demo of the Youm flexible OLED panels to name a few. And if you’ve been particularly keen and focused, you might recall Lenovo announcing the IdeaPhone K900, a smartphone with a monster 5.5-inch 1080p display and the dual core Intel Clover Trail+ chip clocked at 2GHz. Well, the smartphone in itself is a monster as evidenced by its mammoth display, but it’s the CPU inside which is in the news now. If a leaked benchmark score of the Lenovo K900 is to be believed, what we’re dealing with could be one of the best smartphones we’ve seen till date (in terms of performance).
The 2GHz dual core Atom processor on the K900 apparently scored a mammoth 27,154 on AnTuTu according to people who got to spend some time with the device. This is far ahead of any smartphone we’ve seen so far, and that is after taking into account the Galaxy Note 2 running on the Exynos 4412 Quad chipset (1.6 GHz) as well as Qualcomm’s quad core Snapdragon S4 Pro chip. Even with the two additional cores on the Samsung and Qualcomm made chips, the Intel made dual core chip far surpassed them. While it is easy to fake these scores with the help of photoshop trickery, we have every reason to believe in its authenticity. I guess we’ll know for sure in due time when the smartphone is launched on a wider scale. If any of the above is actually true though, we can certainly see Intel chips making it big in the Android arena. For comparison’s sake, the Galaxy Note II scores close to 14,000 on AnTuTu which is the same as the Snapdragon S4 Pro running HTC Droid DNA. It will be interesting to see how the Clover Trail+ chip fares against the Exynos 5 Octa chip. We might have to wait a few months for that comparison though, when Samsung launches the next Galaxy flagship.
These Atom based chips are made using the 32nm process which are believed to be quite efficient. ARM CPUs certainly have heavy competition coming from good ol’ Intel, so we could see manufacturers shuffling between these two CPU architectures. However manufacturers often tend to go with NVIDIA’s Tegra chip for pure GPU performance. And the recently launched Tegra 4 chip will certainly not make things easier for Intel. So Intel needs sufficient backing from OEMs to rise on top.