An unreleased Pantech smartphone carrying the model number IM-A880 has been spotted in a series of AnTuTu benchmark scoring around 30,000 points. The beast is likely packing one of Qualcomm's spanking new Snapdragon 800 processors.
For the past couple of years Qualcomm has been engaged in a high-stakes clash with Nvidia and Samsung for the powering of the most high-end Android smartphones. All parties have fought tooth and nail for the privilege of striking as many partnerships as possible with device manufacturers, but ultimately it seemed Qualcomm gained the upper hand, courtesy of the S4 and S4 Pro CPUs’ wild popularity.
The two’s successor, dubbed Snapdragon 600, was met with similar enthusiasm and is now inside at least three powerhouses – Samsung’s Galaxy S4, the HTC One and LG’s Optimus G Pro. Only this “new” SoC is not exactly a massive upgrade over the S4 Pro, being more of a rehash (with 802.11ac support too).
Meanwhile, Nvidia is preparing a Tegra 4 processor that looks extremely zippy in the first benchmark tests, so Qualcomm needs something with a little more oomph than the 600 to maintain the upper hand.
Enter the Snapdragon 800, a CPU built using the 28nm HPM (high performance for mobile) technology and capable of running to up to 2.3 GHz clock speeds. This monster is likely to make a commercial debut in the fall, but at the moment we’re not sure what and how many devices will be securing its services.
Two solid possibilities are Sony’s mystery Honami and Xiaomi’s Mi3, but we can today add one more name to that list. Or rather a model number – the Pantech IM-A880, aka IM-A880S, aka IM-A880K.
This is most definitely the successor to the Vega Iron (model number IM-A870) and has been spotted over the weekend making its first benchmark rounds. As usual, the “leaked” AnTuTu scores have to be taken with caution, as they could have easily been faked or artificially boosted.
If they are the real deal however, they prove once and for all the Snapdragon 800 SoC is faster than the 600. That being said, 30,000 points is a long way from Xiaomi Mi3’s 80k, so chances are either those first scores were fake, or there’s something wrong with the new ones.
As for what the benchmark reveals about this Pantech IM-A880, the phone appears to have on-board Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean (for now). There are at least two versions being worked on, one with a Snapdragon 800 clocked at 1.9 GHz and the other having a 2.1 GHz CPU beneath its hood. Sounds fairly intriguing, doesn’t it?
Source: GSM Insider