MeeGo prototype phone crushes Android 2.2 in JS rendering. 1.5 times faster CPU helps, of course

The Aava MeeGo development platform is not an actual device that you can or will be able to buy. It’s a reference design meant to showcase the platform’s possibilities.

That said, some, or who knows, even most of its features may end up in phones and/or tablets sooner or later.

It’s powered by a 1.5 GHz Intel Moorestown processor, Intel’s first foray into the world of really low-power consuming chips, which has traditionally been ARM’s territory. Though before concluding that ARM is dead and Intel will rule this market too, one must also consider that Intel still has a long way to go with regards to power consumption, while in the ARM camp, 1.2 GHz dual-core Snapdragons are coming. This will definitely be one fight to watch in the coming months.

Now, remember how Android 2.2′s browser beat iOS 4′s Safari in JavaScript benchmarking? Well, in the SunSpider test, this MeeGo phone’s Mozilla-made browser is a lot faster than even Froyo’s. 4215 ms compared to 5795 ms (lower is better).

Yes, it is an apples-to-oranges comparison.

This isn’t a released device, or even a released OS yet, we have no idea what the battery life for such hardware really is and, most important of all, JavaScript testing is processor-intensive.

And this is a 1.5 GHz processor, while the Nexus One that Froyo’s browser was tested on has a 1 GHz processor. Moreover, this is an x86 processor, while the Snapdragon in the Nexus One is ARM-based, and them being different architectures means that performance is almost surely not the same on frequency parity (a 1 GHz ARM processor does not necessarily have equal performance to a 1 GHz x86 processor).

Still, I think this test proves that, at least in web browsing performance, MeeGo has every chance to be up there with the big guys.

If you’re interested in finding more about this phone and how MeeGo is shaping up, here’s a hands-on video:

MeeGo for handsets seems to look similar enough to other smartphone platforms to be comfy to get used to, and at the same time different enough that you can’t mistake it for another OS.

And since it’s so barebones in this phase of development, it will undoubtedly get a lot more polished as we approach its October announced release date.

After that, it’s up to the phone manufacturers and network operators to choose to use it. Nokia sure will, Orange has also made some announcements, and we’ll have to see how many others will join them.

2011, with Android’s continued growth, Windows Phone 7 and MeeGo is shaping up to be an amazing year for gadget lovers.

Via Carrypad and @chippy

Author: Vlad Bobleanta

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    That's incredible! I wonder on whats the difference in price and reliability though?

    -Val

  • Luke

    CAN'T WAIT FOR THIS, should prove to be an alternative to Android. Great as Android may be, I'm sick of the hype it gets, it needs competition and an alternative, notice I didn't even mention Apple as they are beyond the media hype.