Intel showed off a Medfield smartphone prototype to MIT last week and the initial impression was good. Now VR-Zone has gotten a few performance numbers for the “Medfield Tablet Platform” a few weeks before we’re expecting hands on at CES. The system these numbers came from was a10.1″ tablet with an unknown Medfield processor running at 1.6GHz, 1GB LP-DDR2, WLAN/Bluetooth/FM Radio chip of unnamed manufacturer, 1280×800 resolution screen and eMMC/micro-SD card for removable storage.
The benchmarks were performed on Honeycomb (Android 3.x) while the shipping products will utilize the Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.x) operating system.
So how did it stack up?
Intel Medfield 1.6GHz currently scored 10,in Caffeinemark 3. To give you an idea of how this stacks up against its competitors NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 scored around 7500, while Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8260 scored 8000. Samsung Exynos is the current king of the crop, scoring 8500. The question is how will Nvidia Tegra 3 stack up and we’ve yet to see Caffeinemark 3 numbers come come through on the ASUS Transformer which is the only Tegra 3 tablet starting to hit the streets. If you’ve got these scores kicking around, please let me know!
So far what this tells us is that Medfield is going to be competitive in terms of performance, which is good news for Intel who has so far been unable to be a contender in the mobile computing game.
We’re most excited that VR-Zone was able to include some power consumption details currently the prototype tested consumed 2.6W in idle with the target being 2W. As for video playback, we’re apparently seeing 3.6W watching the video at 720p in Adobe Flash, it would be nice to have heard 2.6W for video and 1W at stand by. However, this are unofficial tests so we’ll have to wait and see what happens next month at CES.