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iPhone 4S Rival Alert : Samsung Galaxy Nexus Let Down By Video Performance

A preliminary but detailed analysis of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus carried out by Anandtech (opens in new tab) found that the phone's graphics subsystem could be its weakest link.

The series of tests carried out on the phone showed that the system on chip used, the TI OMAP4460 is great when it comes to CPU performance, with its two 1.2GHz Cortex-A9 based cores clocked at 1.2GHz, matching the best on the market.

It shows for example in the SunSpider Javascript & Rightware Benchmarks where it exceeded by around 10 per cent the scores from the Motorola Droid Razr and significantly outperformed the iPhone 4S as well.

That said, some of the improvements are down to the optimisations achieved in Android Ice Cream Sandwich.

However, when it comes to graphics benchmarks (GLBenchmark), the PowerVR SGX540 used in the Galaxy Nexus lacks the oomph of the Mali 400 used in the Galaxy S II or the SGX543MP2 used in the iPhone 4S and the iPad 2.

To the smartphone's credit though is the fact that the Nexus has an HD resolution (1280x720 pixels) compared to 960x540 pixels (for the Galaxy S II) and 960x640 pixels for the iPhone 4.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.