When you look at some of the top smartphones out on the market today, you’ll be hard pressed not to find either Samsung’s Exynos 4 Quad or Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processors inside on of them. Devices like the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the Galaxy Note 2 sport the Exynos 4 Quad, while other devices like the LG Nexus 4 and HTC Droid DNA have the S4 Pro under the hood. So, the question arises: which mobile CPU/GPU is faster?
We tested the two mobile processors by transcoding the same video file on both devices at the same time and seeing which one finished the CPU intensive task first. The results? The Snapdragon S4 Pro with its Adreno 320 GPU finished transcoding the video file first, edging out the Exynos 4 Quad and its Mali-400 GPU by a margin of about 15 percent.
Should this be your be-all end-all when determining whether one smartphone is better than another? Absolutely not, as either quad-core will be more than fast enough to get the job done. However, if two smartphones (or tablets) are tied in your book, than the mobile processor each one packs inside is something to strongly consider.