First Adreno 220 benchmarks show that it is a beast

Qualcomm’s Adreno GPU’s have always been seen as being a sub-par graphics compared to competing offerings from Imagination (PowerVR) and others like NVIDIA’s Tegra. This was essentially true with the Adreno 200 on Windows Mobile and Android mainly because of poor driver quality. Things are a bit different on Windows Phone 7 where the Adreno 200 is the only currently supported GPU, thanks to the tight integration with the OS and relatively good support provided by Microsoft. You can check out my recent Fable Coin Golf video to see that some pretty nice things can be done with it.

The Adreno 205 which is part of the MSM8X55 SoC package is a step forward in terms of performance and can be comparable in some case with the current top dog, the PowerVR SGX540 as seen in my benchmarks here. Qualcomm has also recently released new drivers for the 205 which slightly improves its performance compared to what you see in my benches (they are the ones used by Sony Ericsson in the Xperia Play).

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LG Optimus 3D Preview: Hands on video

Today LG officially unveiled the first smartphone featuring a glasses free 3D screen and also using TI’s OMAP4 4430 SoC to power whole thing. The LG Optimus 3D has a Dual-core Cortex A9 CPU coupled with a PowerVR SGX540 GPU, Dual Channel DDR2 memory and Dual Memory banks according to the company (3 Ds.. get it?). What you essential have here is one powerful smartphone that looks more like a experiment than a really fully thought out product. Why do I say that? Well, first off I’m really a fan of all things 3D (stereoscopic viewing) and the 4.3 inch Parallax Barrier screen only really works well when you view it at a certain angle and from a certain distance. But what really kills it is that everything displayed in 3D looks like a bloody low resolution mess on such a big panel. The parallax barrier also makes the screen look like plastic under certain angles. The other 3D feature of the Optimus 3D is the 2 5Mpix camera on the back that can shoot 720P 3D footage (in 2D the device can shoot in 1080P). Once again I’m not a big fan of this so you will have to try it out yourself and decide if it’s worth it. LG has collaborated with YouTube so you can directly upload the 3D videos shot with the Optimus 3D OTA to YouTube’s 3D channel via the built-in client on the device. LG has also developed a 3D stereoscopic UI that is toggle via a hardware button on the side of the phone. It’s a bit of a gimmick and definitely not a great UX.

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Super Impressive BlackBerry PlayBook video demonstration

I usually don’t post about RIM’s products but their upcoming PlayBook tablet is shaping up to be an awesome piece of hardware. The video you’ll see below is probably one of the most impressive thing to come out of this year’s CES. You will see RIM’s CO-CEO Mike Lazaridis giving the press a quick demo of the PlayBook’s video, 3D and multi-tasking capabilty. The PlayBook is powered by a Texas Instrument OMAP4430 SoC which is made of a Dual Core Cortex-A9 CPU clocked at 1Ghz + a PowerVR SGX540 GPU (similar to the Galaxy S but higher clocked) powering their newly acquired QNX OS . The whole thing is capable of encoded/decoding 1080P video and even 720P 3D Stereoscopic video (yes it’s a beast which is more powerful than the Tegra 2). So check out the video below and see how it can play 1080P, run Quake 3 & several PowerVR 3D samples and browse the web all at the same time:

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