Benchmarks confirm 1GB of RAM, no CPU speed boost in Apple’s new iPad

By on March 13, 2012 at 1:15 PM.

Benchmarks confirm 1GB of RAM, no CPU speed boost in Apple’s new iPad

Vietnamese blog Tinhte.vn managed to snag a new iPad ahead of the tablet’s March 16th release, and after posting an unboxing video, the website ran a Geekbench benchmark to test the device’s hardware. The test confirmed that Apple’s new tablet has 1GB of RAM and an ARMv7 dual-core processor clocked at 1GHz, the same speed as the iPad 2. The new iPad earned an overall Geekbench score of 756, similar to its predecessor, with its strongest results coming from the “Floating Point” and “Memory” tests, which were 915 and 815 respectfully. It should be noted, however, that the Geekbench test merely tests the CPU and does not examine the device’s graphics capabilities. Apple’s A5X chip features a quad-core GPU, which Apple claims is four times more powerful than NVIDIA’s Tegra 3. Read on for the Geekbench results. More →

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Samsung Galaxy S II Plus benchmarks surface, may tide users over until Galaxy S III launch

By on February 1, 2012 at 11:40 AM.

Samsung Galaxy S II Plus benchmarks surface, may tide users over until Galaxy S III launch

While Samsung won’t be unveiling its highly anticipated Galaxy S III at the Mobile World Congress trade show next month in Barcelona, Spain, it should have a number of other devices on hand. BGR exclusively reported in December that Samsung will unveil a new HD tablet at the show next month, and now the “Galaxy S II Plus” smartphone has surfaced once again. First reported last summer, the Galaxy S II Plus is seen as an incremental update to the popular Galaxy S II with a modest spec bump. According to benchmark test results discovered by Techsnapr.com, the Galaxy S II Plus features an upgraded 1.5GHz processor, Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread and a WVGA display. Other details surrounding the device remain a mystery but with MWC less than a month away, we’ll likely learn plenty more about this smartphone in the weeks ahead. More →

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Exclusive images of AT&T’s Samsung Galaxy S II revealed

By on July 26, 2011 at 9:30 AM.

Exclusive images of AT&T’s Samsung Galaxy S II revealed

BGR has obtained exclusive images of AT&T’s upcoming Samsung Galaxy S II smartphone. Following our report on Monday showing an unnamed Samsung slider headed to AT&T, we have confirmed that the device pictured is indeed a variant of Samsung’s blockbuster Galaxy S II headed to AT&T. Live images of the device reveal the Galaxy S II model number, SGH-I927, along with additional details surrounding the sleek Gingerbread phone. While it appears as though Samsung managed to keep AT&T’s Galaxy S II relatively slender in spite of adding on a full sliding QWERTY keyboard, the textured back cover on the phone looks like a bit of an eyesore. The Galaxy S II is already the fastest-selling Samsung smartphone of all time, and it has yet to launch on a single carrier in the U.S. market. While U.S. carrier versions of the smartphone are expected to arrive in August, release timing and pricing for the AT&T version pictured here are not yet available. It is also unclear whether the device will launch with the Galaxy S II moniker or with AT&T’s own branding as the original Galaxy S did. Several additional images, including a pair that shows off some very impressive benchmark test results, follow below. More →

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Apple calls foul on web browser speed test

By on March 17, 2011 at 4:09 PM.

Apple calls foul on web browser speed test

Earlier today, we told you about a study conducted by Blaze Software comparing the native browser speeds in Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android. The results of over 45,000 tests were published, and the firm concluded that Android was roughly 52% faster than iOS in terms of browser performance. Not so fast, says Apple. In a statement to blog The Loop, an Apple spokesperson pointed out a perceived flaw in Blaze Software’s methodology. “Their testing is flawed because they didn’t actually test the Safari web browser on the iPhone,” wrote Apple’s spokesperson. “Instead they only tested their own proprietary app which uses an embedded web viewer that doesn’t take advantage of Safari’s web performance optimizations. Despite this fundamental testing flaw, they still only found an average of a second difference in loading web pages.” The UIWebView framework, which was used to run Blaze’s “proprietary app” in an “embedded web viewer,” does not leverage Apple’s Nitro JavaScript engine — the part of mobile Safari that Apple claims is nearly 2x faster than its predecessor. Tests that leverage the enhanced JavaScript engine would, according to Apple, have improved Safari’s performance. Blaze Software has yet to publicly comment on Apple’s rebuttal. More →

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Motorola ATRIX 4G vs. LG Optimus 2X: Not all dual-cores are created equal

By on March 4, 2011 at 8:42 PM.

Motorola ATRIX 4G vs. LG Optimus 2X: Not all dual-cores are created equal

Android enthusiast blog Android and Me oversaw a benchmark battle royale on Friday. While the goal of the exercise was to pit the ATRIX 4G against the LG Optimus 2X to see which phone makes better use of its dual-core Tegra 2 processor, the overall results help emphasize something we constantly stress here on BGR: specs are only half the story. The blog arranged a benchmark battle between the ATRIX 4G and Optimus 2X along with Google’s Nexus S and Nexus One, HTC’s G2 and Motorola’s DROID, and the results are hardly what you might expect. First things first — LG’s Optimus 2X handily topped the list in six of eight tests performed, bested only by the ATRIX in the Smartbench 2011 productivity test and the Linpack test. The 800MHz-packing G2 outdid several 1GHz offerings in numerous tests, however, which may come a s surprise to many. Hit the break for a few sets of benchmark results mapped out on graphs, then hit the read link to check out the rest. More →

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Ars Technica: Android 2.2 JavaScript performance "destroys" that of iOS 4

By on July 7, 2010 at 8:10 AM.

Ars Technica: Android 2.2 JavaScript performance "destroys" that of iOS 4

Android 22 iOS 4 Javascript Benchmarks

Ars Technica just pitted Google’s Android 2.2 against Apple’s iOS 4 in a JavaScript benchmark test…and Ars isn’t mincing words with their results. In a post titled ,”Android 2.2 demolishes iOS4 in JavaScript benchmarks,” Ars quipped: “The results show that the Android device delivers significantly faster JavaScript execution than the iPhone, scoring over three times better on V8 and almost twice as fast on SunSpider.” If you’re an Android fan you can go ahead and gloat, but this is exactly why a health mobile ecosystem is good for everyone. When companies — especially two with the resources of Google and Apple — compete, the consumers win. More →

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