The recently announced ATIV Q dual-boot (Android and Windows 8) tablet by Samsung brought to us the first ever Core i5 powered Android tablet/hybrid, and boy is the chip breaking records in the ARM dominated mobile world.
Samsung’s ATIV Q is a beautiful new device that has a special feature, its ability to dual-boot Android and Windows 8 (the x86 version). Powered by Intel’s 4th Generation Haswell Core i5 (4200U) processor and 4 GB of RAM, the Android operating simply flies. It doesn’t take long for the first benchmarks to hit the web, and they are of the popular benchmarking app called AnTuTu that stresses various parts of the chipset, including CPU, GPU, memory etc. Here’s the record-breaking score:
A score of 54,861 is no small feat, and it will only climb higher if run outside of the virtual machine on Windows 8
Despite the amazing new high score that beats the new record of 35,000 set by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 SoC, you have to consider in the following factors:
- Core i5 consumes more than 5 times the power consumed by the Snapdragon 800 SoC
- The Snapdragon S800 SoC costs about $40-50, while the Core i5 chip in question is priced near the $200 range
*Intel Core i5-4200U is a 1.6 GHz dual-core chip while the Snapdragon 800 is a 2.3 GHz quad-core Krait 400 packing chip.
Despite the manifold higher cost and power consumption, the scores aren’t faster by the same factor. With the Core i5 chip, you get a 60% faster device at a far higher cost. Even then, not many people would complain much about Samsung’s new ATIV Q, after all this 13.3-inch hybrid puts both Android and Windows 8 Pro on a 3200 x 1800 resolution widescreen display (a first for both Android and Windows 8 Pro).