Right after Motorola made the RAZR i official, the very first comment on our post was "Benchmarks ASAP!" because everyone wants to know how Intel's Medfield processor compares to the more common ARM-based chips that we're used to seeing. Engadget spent some time doing exactly that this morning, and the results are, well... less than impressive. Have a look:


The only area where the RAZR i outperforms its Snapdragon S4-touting cousin (the M) is in the SunSpider benchmark, which tests browser performance. Do these scores mean the RAZR i is a bad phone? Heck no. Benchmarks are fun for looking at raw horsepower, but the real test is once you get the device in your hands. Because what good is a 12k score in AnTuTu if you can't even open Chrome while installing app updates? None at all.

Thus, we'll hold off on passing judgment until we actually get to spend some hands-on time with Intel's newest superphone.


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  • http://twitter.com/drazyw Chris Allen

    Single core vs multicore. The results are not surprising. SunSpider isn't multithreaded which is why it does better given it's obvious Mhz advantage. I'd like to see them underclock the Atom to 1.5 and compare sunspider and see if they come out close.

    • nat chan

      The Atom has a base clock of 1.3GHz. The 2GHz thing is like turbo boost if you follow Intel desktop CPU

  • SetiroN

    This is nothing more than the same processor we've already seen on Lenovo's K800 and ZTE Grand X, clocked 25% higher. Any higher differences in performance can only be accounted to higher clocked RAM and/or speedier NAND (which btw should be given much more attention performance-wise, as slow random reads/writes cause most of the common "laggy" scenarios we see nowadays).

  • http://visionaforethought.wordpress.com/ Oflife

    Guys, it doesn't matter! Learn from Apple. Do they talk about megagigs and terrapoopsies? No, they talk features and design benefits. Have you seen the RAZR i in action? The camera launch speed is AWESOME! So is the general speed of operation, not to mention the fact it is water resistant and doesn't require a case. As a software developer, I can tell you that optimised code can make any machine fly. Note how some Android phones with multi core CPUs still slow down because of poor programming. This is a good way for Motorola to re-gain their place in Europe, even if baby steps prior to even more revolutionary developments...


    • http://twitter.com/fightcrazy Vinny

      The I-Phone does NOT MULTI-TASK so it would feel fast no matter what you do. That is the difference with a real device that CAN Multi-Task like Android. If the I-Phone had multi-tasking it would require much more power and then you would hear Apple raving about their int. specs. The latest I-Phone Apple has told the public how great the phone is on battery but has yet to disclose the size of this mysterious battery. Smoke and Mirrors people. Without Multi-Tasking you might as well buy the I-Phone for grandma.

    • ari_free

      It does matter to a point. That's why Apple had to switch from PowerPC to Intel despite all the past claiming that megahertz didn't matter and how altivec was so amazing.

  • master94

    I was expecting more from the company that makes the i7 core CPUs.

  • http://twitter.com/whatisajimmy ok

    woah, what? and this is clocked at 2.0 GHz?

  • mgamerz

    Suck it Intel!

  • Freak4Dell

    I don't really know what to think about this phone. I really want this form factor, but I'm not so sure about the Intel part. It seemed super fast (faster than the S4 variant) during the announcement this morning, but I guess I'll have to wait and see what reviews say. I'm not terribly worried about speed anyway, but app compatibility is a must have. I think I'm still leaning toward the S4 variant, but hopefully we'll find out more about how well the Intel one works in the real world in the coming weeks.

  • ari_free

    This doesn't even address the question of how intel can handle arm-optimized games using the NDK. I don't think there's much room for Intel in mobile space.

  • bbb

    are you guys serious? qualcomm benchmark on intel CPU? this score just cannot be treated as revelant.