NVIDIA is starting to reveal some new details about the Kal-El multi-core processor that will power next-generation phones and tablets. The new chips could launch by the end of the year and show up in actual products soon after. Now it looks like we may have confirmation that one of the first devices to use the upcoming Kal-El processor may be the second-generation Asus Eee Pad Transformer tablet.
Someone’s been using a device called the Asus Transformer TF201 to run some benchmarks recently, because a series of test scores showed up at the GLBenchmark website. The scores have since been erased, but they’re still hanging out in the Google cached copy of the website for now.
The scores look at the new chip’s graphics performance, and while the Kal-El chip definitely holds its own, the results are comparable to what you’d see from a high-end smartphone such as the Samsung Galaxy S II. While the Transformer 2 notched 53 frames per second int he Egypt Offscreen 720p test compared with the Galaxy S II’s score of 42 frames per second, the S II got close to 59 frames per second in the Egypt Standard test, compared with the Transformer’s 41 frames per second.
The Transformer 2 also wasn’t able to complete some of the tests.
It’s worth taking these results with a grain of salt, since they don’t necessarily measure overall performance, power consumption, or even real-world performance. But they do give us a bit of a basis for comparing devices. The Acer Iconia Tab A500, by the way, with a current generation NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual core processor scored just 21 frame per second in the Offscreen 720p test and 17 frames per second in the Egypt Standard test.
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