Galaxy S II vs Qualcomm MDP vs G2x Dual-Core Battle of Quadrant Benchmark Doom

May 10, 2011
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Behold a simple test of wills. A test of benchmarking, a test of numbers adding up to one simple factoid - which device is best at taking the test? We've got three massively powerful devices here, one with bigger GHz than the last. The Samsung Galaxy S II has, prepare yourself for all these letters an numbers: a 1.2 GHz dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 SoC processor; Samsung Exynos (GT-i9100). The Qualcomm MDP rolls out with Qualcomm's dual-core MSM8660 running at up to 1.5GHz (with an Adreno 220 GPU, for fun!) Finally, the T-Mobile G2x has the lovely NVIDIA Tegra 2 1GHz Dual-core processor. How in the world can each of these titans be asked to come soundly to a fight, a fight that pits all against one another?

First, let's take a look at the lowest scoring device. It makes me weep a little bit because the G2x is such a lovely little device and I've got a couple heart strings attached to the fact that Android Community had it basically before everyone else and still dominates the review circuit (try looking up "G2x Review" in Google, for example,) so this is super sad and let's all cry about it. The lowest of the three scores in Quadrant is 2659. This is the T-Mobile G2x and it's the lowest by almost 1000 points.

The other two scores are much closer to one another than the G2x is to either of them. It may surprise you that it isn't the Qualcomm MDP that comes out on top here. This massively powerful developer-oriented device comes in at 3527, a mere 150 or so behind the top player, but lower nonetheless. If you came to this post looking for price value in Quadrant scores, you might also want to think twice before purchasing the $1300 Qualcomm MDP - that's not what it's made for though, so think thrice.

Finally, the king, the powerhouse, the phone that by all means may well break all the records in the world with its awesomeness, the Samsung Galaxy S II. This phone is the next step in Samsung's epic family of Galaxy devices (right after the very similar looking Samsung Infuse 4G,) and will not take a second chair to noone, nohow! Samsung Galaxy S II, (and remember this is still the Euro version,) grabs top spot with 3707 in Quadrant.


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  • Razormaid

    Why compare the Galaxy S II to old devices? How about the HTC Sensation? These tests are heavily flawed

    • Robert

      LOL how are they flawed?
      They can compare the galaxy S2 to a Nokia 5110. Just because its a comparison with an old phone doesn’t make it flawed.

      The sensation has been benchmarked already and it ate shit – Given it is still a work in progress….But its benchmarks sucked a long ore.

      • Robert

        I mean it says “Quadrant benchmark score”
        It doesn’t say “THIS IS THE ONE AND ONLY UNDENIABLE TRUTH THAT WILL DETERMINE THE BEST PHONE FOR EVERYONE EVER”

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_F5CCMXYTVJPPZQLAPKWJMDWDBM JasonW

        @739f7234e0069d9bf183095ac55cde60:disqus

        http://www.androidcentral.com/how-cheat-android-benchmarks

        These tests can be flawed in the sense that they can be manipulated. I feel that benchmarks are important but should not directly influence the quality of the phone. In short, take it with a grain of salt.

  • http://www.facebook.com/aim1126 Andres Martinez

    You do realize that quadrant is heavily flawed plus both the qualcomm and galaxy s are clocked higher than the tegra 2, People are already getting ridiculously high scores on an oveclocked g2x on smartbench

    • Anonymous

      So the 200 mhz difference accounts for over 1000 points in Quadrant?

  • James7

    The thing is the Samsung Galaxy S2 reflects its “ridiculous high scores”with real time usage.
    No lag anywhere 20+ tabs for flash video without any slow down whatsoever.

    And how are you being to explain dual core 1.2ghz beating 1.5 ghz? sensation? It already ate the dust fallacy S II left begins weeks ago.

    • Anonymous

      Well the underlying architecture in the Galaxy S2′s chip is better. It uses the newer Cortex A9 while the Qualcomm MDP is using the way older Cortex A8.

      Im just glad that the Qualcom chip is faster than Tegra 2, since thats the chip thats gonna be in my EVO 3D =)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1017385072 NineTwo Aung

    It’s so unfair …

    G2x’s version is froyo …

    S2 and the other one have gingerbread …

    • DreamBuilderB

      But hopefully not for long!

  • http://twitter.com/JonGarrett2009 Jon Garrett

    I have an iphone 4 and Im looking into getting and Android phone. it just so happens that these are the two Im considering and Ive been asking around about which one is best.

  • http://www.facebook.com/xamadeix John Amadei

    is that an android community wallpaper? :0

  • Dan

    Besides the core technology and clock speeds you are comparing Froyo (G2x) to Gingerbread (SGS2). Gingerbread scores better in Quandrant. There are already custom kernals overclocking the G2X to 1.4Ghz on Gingerbread scoring 4400 in Quandrant. I don’t see either core technology leaving Android CPU bound anyway. The GPU (3D performance) is going to be much more important going forward as better, more capable mobile games come out. I would like to see a good comparison on that front.

  • Dan

    Besides the core technology and clock speeds you are comparing Froyo (G2x) to Gingerbread (SGS2). Gingerbread scores better in Quandrant. There are already custom kernals overclocking the G2X to 1.4Ghz on Gingerbread scoring 4400 in Quandrant. I don’t see either core technology leaving Android CPU bound anyway. The GPU (3D performance) is going to be much more important going forward as better, more capable mobile games come out. I would like to see a good comparison on that front.

  • Dan

    Besides the core technology and clock speeds you are comparing Froyo (G2x) to Gingerbread (SGS2). Gingerbread scores better in Quandrant. There are already custom kernals overclocking the G2X to 1.4Ghz on Gingerbread scoring 4400 in Quandrant. I don’t see either core technology leaving Android CPU bound anyway. The GPU (3D performance) is going to be much more important going forward as better, more capable mobile games come out. I would like to see a good comparison on that front.

  • Youngmiku

    Where it says G2x on the graph it actually says nexus 2.2

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