Nvidia's Tegra 4 is a screaming fast mobile SoC

Posted by Trent Nouveau

Nvidia recently debuted its flagship Tegra 4 SoC, a processor based on ARM's powerful Cortex-A15 quad-core architecture.

We knew the next-gen chip was going to be screaming fast, and now official benchmarks have confirmed the SoC is likely the fastest ARM-powered chip (currently) on the market.

Indeed, Android Police, Android Central, Engadget, and Android Community all ran some fairly intensive tests on the tablet and came up with the following results:

* AnTuTu: Over 36,000
* Quadrant: Over 16,000
* CF-Bench: Over 41,000
* SunSpider: Under 500ms (lower is better)

As Liliputing's Brad Linder notes, the above-mentioned scores are actually twice as high than any other Android device tested, including tablets with quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 chips such as the Nvidia Tegra 3 or Samsung Exynos 4412 processors.

Interestingly, GSM Arena ran some of the same tests on the upcoming HTC One smartphone with a Qualcomm Snapdraon 600 processor, which only managed to rack up a 22,678 in AnTutu, 11,746 in Quadrant, and 1124 milliseconds for the SunSpider Javascript benchmark.

Unfortunately, there aren't yet any devices out there powered by Nvidia's Tegra 4, so the chip couldn't be tested under real world conditions in a tablet or smartphone.

So we'll just have to keep our fingers crossed for another few months, at least until the China-based ZTE ships the first Tegra 4 phone. In the meantime, it's pretty safe to assume Nvidia's Tegra 4 SoC will be one of the fastest mobile chips in its class.