We use Quadrant (and you might too) to test the performance of an Android phone across multiple metrics like CPU, GPU, memory, and more. The best score we’ve ever achieved was around 1800 with the HTC Inspire 4G. With the impending wave of dual core smartphones, we’re expecting that ceiling to be bumped up considerable. Early indicators are that this is going to be the case: the Optimus 3D (which we went hands-on with earlier) scores an insane 2958! Now, a high Quadrant doesn’t necessarily translate into real-world performance. In fact, a lot of the dual core phones we played with a CES seemed a bit sluggish in normal operation (though this could have been because of software that isn’t optimized).
In related news, the LG Optimus 3D will be able to tap into YouTube’s mostly unused 3D offering through a special application. This is great news for people hoping to fully utilize the Optimus 3D’s ability to record 3D video with its dual camera on the back of the phone.