SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The Embedded Microprocessor Benchmark Consortium has gathered a database comparing processor performance of some 1,500 Android phones and tablets using a new tool released in late December. Now EEMBC is working on an update of its Android benchmark that will show more nuances of Android mobile device performance at the system level.
The December update to version 1.0 of the AndEBench automatically posts results after it is run to an open, online database on the EEMBC Web site. In terms of native processor performance, the Asus PadFone 2 currently tops the list with a score of 11,558, despite the fact it has relatively little market traction.
Members of Samsung’s Galaxy family, LG’s Optimus handsets and a Sharp phone are closely packed into second, third and fourth places with scores ranging from 11,367 to 10,334. A wide variety of other devices from many manufactures are scattered out across the performance spectrum.
Google’s Nexus 7 and 10 ranked relatively low on the native benchmark at 8,565 and 6,650 respectively. The Motorola Defy XT handset is the dog of the group, scoring just 96 points.
In terms of Java performance, the Huawei Ascend D1 Quad tops the list at 458. It is again followed by several Samsung Galaxy and LG Optimus handsets at 405 to 370. Google’s Nexus 7 and 10 fare somewhat better here with scores of 303 and 378 respectively.
The database shows Qualcomm’s wide use among phones from many vendors and geographies. It also shows a wide variety of vendors unknown in the U.S., mainly from China and India.
The next version of AndEBench will measure memory, graphics and other system features in addition to processor performance, including tasks such as GUI rendering, XML parsing and cryptography. It will also report on how a device handles a specific task, breaking down each major point in processing the job in a story board format.
It’s unclear when the new version will be ready. The working group behind it, chaired by Ronen Zohar, an Intel Android specialist, is well attended, said an EEMBC spokesman.
AndEBench can be downloaded for free from GooglePlay and the Amazon Appstore for Android. The working group is open to new participants willing to become EEMBC members at a cost of $7,500 for the first year.
The huge spread in scores is interesting ... but not very informative until we have a better understanding of the benchmark. Is this score proportional to something that consumers experience or is it a measurement that is drowned out by the overlaid software? My first computer in 1979 ran at 1 MHz and my current one runs at 2 GHz. Is it 2,000 times faster? No, actually the user interface is much slower.
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