Qualcomm put together a YouTube video to promote the thermal efficiency of their Snapdragon S4 processor, the same chip inside the U.S. variants of the HTC One X and Samsung Galaxy S III, compared to the competition. To be fair, the two competing devices in the video seem to be the Motorola Droid Razr and Samsung Galaxy S II, both of which sport older processors. A better comparison would have included the Exynos 4 Quad-powered Samsung Galaxy S3 and Nvidia Tegra 3-backed HTC One X – both available in Europe/Asia. Still, the Snapdragon S4 has more power and seems to run cooler than less powerful devices put out just last year. Interestingly, the test involved running a CPU-intensive benchmark, called Dhrystone, for over 20 minutes and a few sticks of butter. Check it out to see what we’re talking about.
Today’s high-end smartphones and tablets are capable of doing many intensive computing tasks, such as 3D gaming, shooting HD video, and editing photos. The more demanding these tasks, the harder the powerful processor works. That can result in excessive heat, which can result in lower performance and reliability issues. Over time, excessive heat can also be damaging to components, especially the battery. The hotter a device gets, the more it degrades battery capacity. To combat this, Snapdragon S4 processors are specially designed to keep their cool. Watch this video to see a Snapdragon thermal comparison and our new Butter Benchmark.