First Benchmark Of Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8960 Chipset Emerges

Someone has apparently managed to test Qualcomm's next generation MSM8960, which is based on the new Krait architecture, using the NenaMark2 benchmark suite.

The result - which appeared on Nena's website - shows that an unidentified device running the chipset clocked at 1.5GHz managed to reach just under 55 frames per second with a display resolution of 1024x600 pixels.

This points to something resembling a 7-inch tablet, as most high-end phones swap a WVGA resolution for a SWXVGA one instead to qualify for the HD-ready moniker.

The system on chip uses an Adreno 225 graphics processor and is manufactured using a 28nm process. The device also runs on Android 4.0.3 and compares well to a smartphone like the Samsung Galaxy S II which has a Mali-400 GPU and which, despite a much lower resolution (60 per cent less pixels), only managed a score of 46.2fps.

Could this be the chip that will power either the follow up to the Samsung Galaxy Tab or the HTC Flyer, or even the successor of the Huawei Ideos tablet? We'll almost certainly know more at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona later next month.

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