BERLIN: CHIP DESIGNER Qualcomm showed off its developer tablet at the firm's IQ 2012 event on Monday.
The INQUIRER took the chance to test Qualcomm's developer tablet Snapdragon processor against the Exynos quad-core chip used in Samsung's popular Galaxy Note 10.1.
On paper, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 and the Qualcomm development tablet are quite similar. Both devices run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and have 10.1in touchscreens.
Additionally, both the Galaxy Note 10.1 and the Qualcomm developer tablet feature processors made by their parent companies. Specifically, the Galaxy Note 10.1 features a Samsung 1.4GHz quad-core Exynos 4412 processor, while Qualcomm's developer tablet has a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro.
This means that comparing the two should be fair, with both featuring custom designed components.
To start its comparison, we tested both the Galaxy Note and the Qualcomm developer tablet using the Antutu and Quadrant benchmarking applications. On both tests Qualcomm's Snapdragon S4 Pro demo unit came out on top.
Qualcomm's Snapdragon developer tablet scored an impressive 13,888 on Antutu, while the Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet by comparison scored a still impressive 12,578.
In Quadrant's CPU, I/O and 3D graphics benchmark, the Qualcomm developer tablet scored 7,639, while Samsung's Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet scored a less impressive 5,261.
This means that the Qualcomm developer tablet is one of the fastest we've ever seen, easily trumping most, if not all of the top end tablets currently available.
Interestingly though, this greater processor power doesn't translate into a better user experience on Qualcomm's developer tablet.
The Qualcomm developer tablet is by its nature a demo product and as such doesn't have the same polished feel that the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 exhibits. The Snapdragon tablet's WXGA display is significantly less responsive than the Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet's touchscreen and doing basic things like navigating the display is cumbersome.
Additionally, the Qualcomm demo unit's 13MP camera didn't really live up to our expectations. While photos taken using the camera looked reasonable, they weren't as detailed as we'd expect. We're thinking this is due to a software oversight that prevents the tablet from taking full advantage of its 13MP sensor.
While these oversights can be forgiven on a demo unit, they would be unforgivable on a product released for sale to the general public. Hopefully though these problems will be fixed by other manufacturers hoping to release products using the Snapdragon S4 Pro chip, letting this impressive processor really show off what it can do.
Check back with The INQUIRER later for more coverage of Qualcomm's IQ 2012 event. µ