By Chuong Nguyen | April 5, 2010 1:12 PM
It looks like the Snapdragon may be getting a little old in the tooth as performance is said to be bested by the Samsung Hummingbird reference chipset design found on the Galaxy S and also the A4 proprietary chipset found on the iPad and rumored to trickle down into the next-generation iPhone. The A4, which is believed to be based on the ARM Cortex A8 reference design and integrates a PowerVR GPU, is said to load websites 9% faster than the competing 1 GHz Snapdragon, with sites that are more graphics intensive being rendered up to a whopping 60% faster.
The competitive chip market isn’t sitting still, however, as Qualcomm has a 1.3 GHz single-core Snapdragon processor in the works and a dual-core 1.5 GHz model of the chipset will be available as well. Apple’s A4 will also face competition from other mobile chip designs and manufacturers as well.