July 6, 2010 | by Andrew Kameka
Would a 1GHz processor by any other name look as sweet? Not really. Though the Qualcomm Snapdragon and Samsung Hummingbird are both 1 GHz processors, there’s a big difference when it comes to graphical performance of those devices. We already went over the possibility that the Hummingbird would have 3x’s the graphic processing power when it was first announced at CTIA, and there’s now video evidence to back up that claim.
Below is a YouTube video showing how Quake performs on an HTC Desire and a Samsung Galaxy S. Both devices are running Quake, but the playback experiences are clearly different. On the Galaxy S, running through halls and shooting is one fluid experience, while the Desire pauses and has framerate issues. There’s a clearly noticeable difference between the two phones, thanks to the Galaxy’s superior GPU.
Readers have expressed some concerns for flaws in the Galaxy S – lack of camera flash or front-facing camera depending on the model – but people who place graphics performance at a premium ought to seriously consider the Galaxy S. It’s the best 3D gaming device we’ve seen running Android. Of course, if history is any indicator, someone will announce a new phone next week that will probably top it.