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Intel's Medfield Phone Beats Galaxy Nexus in Benchmarks

By - Source: Caschys Blog | B 43 comments

Medfield beats the Galaxy Nexus in Vellamo but loses out to Google's flagship phone in BrowserMark.

Intel's Medfield made a big splash and both CES in January and Mobile World Congress in February. Intel didn't talk a lot about Medfield at CES. The company did unveil the first Medfield phone, the Lenovo K800, but so far that device is only headed for a Chinese release sometime this quarter. Mobile World Congress, on the other hand, yielded an announcement regarding what is to be Europe's first Medfield-based Android phone. Dubbed the Orange Santa Clara, the phone will run on European wireless provider Orange's network and is scheduled to launch this coming summer.

We already know that the Santa Clara packs a 1.6Ghz Atom CPU, but for those of you that can't bring yourself to wait that long to see how the Santa Clara performs against today's phones, we've got some interesting data for you. German blog Casych has run some benchmarks on the Santa Clara and posted the results (available here auf Deutsch). What you're looking at are the results of Qualcomm's Vellamo benchmark app. Casych also ran BrowserMark, which tests phones ability to render HTML and Java.

According to Casych's posting, the Santa Clara beat the iPhone 4S in BrowserMark, posting a score of 89,180 (the iPhone 4S boasts a BrowserMark score of 87,801) and kicked butt in Vellamo. How much butt? Well, it came out on top of the Galaxy Tab 10.1, the Acer Iconia Tab, the Motorola Xoom, the Asus Transformer and Google's Galaxy Nexus, performing particularly well in rendering and Javascript. The only devices that beat the Santa Clara in this benchmark were the Asus Transformer Prime and the Xiaomi Mi-One Plus. The former is powered by Nvidia's quad-core Tegra 3 chip while the Mi-One Plus packs a dual-core 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon.

Of course, benchmarks aren't the be all and end all, but they do offer a good idea of how the device will stack up to the other devices currently on the market. For now, it looks like Intel's single core Atom has no trouble going toe-to-toe with some of the top Android devices available today. We'll know more when the phone ships this summer. 

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    A Bad Day , March 10, 2012 2:40 PM
    Power consumption? I don't like phones that need to be hooked up to the wall constantly...
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    amk-aka-Phantom , March 10, 2012 3:32 PM
    Now all they need is to re-brand these CPUs. I know I sound silly, but wouldn't be proud of having an Atom CPU in my phone. They're associated with cheap quality, slow-ass CPUs for me... call it "Core i1" or something respectable.
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  • 20 Hide
    A Bad Day , March 10, 2012 2:40 PM
    Power consumption? I don't like phones that need to be hooked up to the wall constantly...
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    panders4 , March 10, 2012 2:50 PM
    It's just as well. Galaxy Nexus is using pretty old graphics hardware, and that looks like the biggest difference.
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    hunter315 , March 10, 2012 3:11 PM
    Looks like they did it by boosting its rendering capabilities and its javascript speed but they took a big hit in user experience so im not sure that makes it better, just better in that set of benchmarks. Its not about whether they win or lose, its how they pulled it off, and it looks like the screwed the user experience part to get better JS performance so they could win.
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    amk-aka-Phantom , March 10, 2012 3:32 PM
    Now all they need is to re-brand these CPUs. I know I sound silly, but wouldn't be proud of having an Atom CPU in my phone. They're associated with cheap quality, slow-ass CPUs for me... call it "Core i1" or something respectable.
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    bystander , March 10, 2012 3:55 PM
    erunionHoping for a flaw so you can ignore this known strength. Yawn.

    More like we are interested in an important piece of info. If it also has great batter life, then it's awesome. If it has average battery life, it's still very good, but if it is terrible, then people won't be happy.
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    erunion , March 10, 2012 4:10 PM
    bystanderMore like we are interested in an important piece of info. If it also has great batter life, then it's awesome. If it has average battery life, it's still very good, but if it is terrible, then people won't be happy.


    Yet anandtech did a write up on power months ago. So what do we call claims that an medfield phone will need to be plugged into a wall? I vote trolling.

    http://www.anandtech.com/show/5365/intels-medfield-atom-z2460-arrive-for-smartphones%29
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    bystander , March 10, 2012 4:31 PM
    erunionYet anandtech did a write up on power months ago. So what do we call claims that an medfield phone will need to be plugged into a wall? I vote trolling.http://www.anandtech.com/show/5365 [...] tphones%29

    Thanks for the link, but no, you are expecting WAY too much. Very few people are likely to have read that article. This isn't even the same site as that review, how can you just expect everyone to have read it?

    You sounded more like the troll, but this link definitely helps put things in to perspective.
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    jimmysmitty , March 10, 2012 4:51 PM
    bystanderThanks for the link, but no, you are expecting WAY too much. Very few people are likely to have read that article. This isn't even the same site as that review, how can you just expect everyone to have read it?You sounded more like the troll, but this link definitely helps put things in to perspective.


    Well its Anandtech for one, one of the other big sites and according to that it will get close to the same battery life as a Galaxy S II which I don't find that hard to believe.

    There is also a tablet thats supposed to have 9+ hours of usage with a 30 day standby.

    Then we have the 22nm Atom to look forward to which will probably allow for more cores/higher clock speed whil reducing the power usage.

    Not sure why people have a hard time believing that Intel can do it when they have DT CPUs running at 17w.
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    erunion , March 10, 2012 4:53 PM
    bystander Very few people are likely to have read that article. This isn't even the same site as that review, how can you just expect everyone to have read it?


    I didn't. I ridiculed him for ignoring the article in favor of baseless speculation(and wishful thinking). I only brought up the power facts when you made a non-trolling response.
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    bystander , March 10, 2012 4:57 PM
    jimmysmittyWell its Anandtech for one, one of the other big sites and according to that it will get close to the same battery life as a Galaxy S II which I don't find that hard to believe. There is also a tablet thats supposed to have 9+ hours of usage with a 30 day standby.Then we have the 22nm Atom to look forward to which will probably allow for more cores/higher clock speed whil reducing the power usage.Not sure why people have a hard time believing that Intel can do it when they have DT CPUs running at 17w.

    I don't read all the articles here, and I don't go to every major site. Do you feel that anyone who reads one site is expected to have read every article on every other site?

    Anyways, it apparently has very good power efficiency, except for video playback. That's good news. The end result will also be dependent on other hardware installed on the device and how much power they draw as well as the battery used in it, but it has promise.
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    rantoc , March 10, 2012 4:58 PM
    Yeah Anandtech did a nice writeup on the power consumption on this cpu and it was indeed performing with great efficiency and well within the smart phone power budget. Intel will gain a foothold in the mobile space with this and if Arm and co won't release their new updated versions before Intel move down to the next die shrink and 3d gate they will gain more than a foothold.

    With Arm's Ceo latest comments about not to fearing Intel its actually amusing in a way - He awoke the giant much like Amd did back in the days when they had a superior product, look how far that got them!
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    bloc97 , March 10, 2012 5:15 PM
    Intel is trying to catch up in the Mobile Market segment. They fear that AMD's Fusion APUs take control of it.
    But since when Google is involved in this?
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    tmk221 , March 10, 2012 5:18 PM
    how about battery life benchmark?
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    BT , March 10, 2012 6:20 PM
    Why are they not using the 22nm process? Seems like that could save them on the power consumption and shrink the cpu? Is too expensive, and there fore cannot make money?
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    Anonymous , March 10, 2012 6:46 PM
    bloc97, AMD doesn't have a Mobile Market segment. That is why they fired their last CEO. He did not make a mobile plan and AMD was pissed that Intel came out with one. AMD is actually by far the furthest behind. Even VIA is further along than AMD in that segment. These are SOC decigns with super low power. It is a whole new animal. Where Intel is behind is in the baseband. They need to integrate all of that into their SOC and they won't have that until 2013 or perhaps 2014. Right now, they will put dual core 2 GHz ATOMS out for 2013 to compete with the 4 core ARM CPUs. In late 2013 early 2014, they will put out phones with the 22nm designs and that is when things get interesting. By 2014-2015, ARM will put out 64-bit chips and enter the enterprise server market and high end desktop market and Intel will be building 14nm Desktop and Workstation CPUs and 14nm phones. Consumers will be rich with choices and all will be good. Hopefully, AMD puts out competitive products by then or maybe VIA.
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    jimmysmitty , March 10, 2012 7:59 PM
    bloc97Intel is trying to catch up in the Mobile Market segment. They fear that AMD's Fusion APUs take control of it.But since when Google is involved in this?


    AMD only mobile market is laptops and netbooks. This is smartphones and tablet territory where AMD has nothing yet.
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    aznshinobi , March 10, 2012 9:26 PM
    Wait.... I just did the Vellamo benchmark on my MT4GS and I got a score above the Asus Transformer Prime... I'm running Ice Cream Sandwich... But to my understanding, my phone is only equivalent to the SGN...
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    K2N hater , March 10, 2012 10:16 PM
    My wishful thinking is that we could eventually run Windows on it for real office apps, real browsers and real flash player.
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    dealcorn , March 11, 2012 1:05 AM
    I just have trouble with these results because it seems Intel should require the efficiency benefits of 22 nm to field something competitive against ARM. After all, ARM has had more than ample time to get its act fully together. How can Intel do this at 32 nm (unless they are simply lots smarter).
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