With its large screen and the latest version of Android operating system, Samsung’s newly announced Galaxy S phone is part of a new generation of Android ’superphones’ that are set to launch this year.
But Galaxy S is ahead of its rivals at least when it comes to one aspect of computing power. The Galaxy S has the fastest graphics processing unit of any Android phone, according to back-of-the-envelope calculations by AndroidandMe. The Galaxy S’ processor is at least three times faster than a comparable 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon chip, says the website.
Samsung announced the Galaxy S phone at the CTIA conference in Las Vegas earlier this week. The Galaxy S has a 4-inch AMOLED screen, the latest Android 2.1 operating system, 5-megapixel camera, and Wi-Fi support. Separately, Sprint and HTC announced the first 4G Android smartphone.
The Galaxy S’ 1 GHz chip can process 90 million triangles per second, while the Snapdragon platform can reportedly handle 22 million triangles per second, says AndroidandMe. Samsung’s latest chip pairs an ARM Cortex A8 core with a powerful GPU–the excitingly named PowerVR SGX540–turning the combo into a computing monster.
AndroidandMe has also done a GPU comparison for some of the leading smartphones. The Motorola Droid’s Texas Instrument chip can handle 7 million triangles per second, while the iPHone 3G S which has a 600 MHz Cortex-A8 with PowerVR SGX535 GPU can clock up to 28 million triangles a second–all of which shows the Samsung Galaxy S has the bragging rights for now.
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