When a superlative term like “fastest” is used, I tend to tread on the cautious side of things and wonder what kind of benchmarks are used, and the relative context of the situation. When we heard on the street that Motorola and Intel might be announcing the “fastest Android phone” at a September 18th in London, it sounds too good to be true. Whispers are going around that this could be Motorola’s first Android smartphone with Intel’s Medfield processor running within.
First of all, here is a quick history lesson for the uninitiated. Intel’s maiden attempt at powering Android smartphones was the Atom Z2460 (Medfield), where it boasted a single-core 1.6GHz CPU and PowerVR SGX 540 GPU. Their next mobile chip would be the Atom Z2580 (Clover Trail) which carried a dual-core 1.8GHz CPU, PowerVR SGX 544MP2 GPU, and integrated LTE. With the new dual-core Atom Z2580 being able to run up to a quartet of threads simultaneously, it would, on paper, be on par with some of the fastest mobile GPUs in the industry today.
Mike Bell, Intel’s vice president for mobile, mentioned to the BBC that “faster speeds only get you so far. It’s really all about user experience and the responsiveness of the device and less about speeds and feeds. What we are trying to do is work out what the next user experience should be on these hand-held devices and then work backwards to build into the silicon the hooks we need to create that experience, because it’s software and hardware that do it, not just one or the other.”
Hopefully Intel and Motorola will be able to achieve the careful balance of price and performance, striking gold in the process.