Yesterday Huawei released their newest mobile phone named Ascend D Quad. Whats inside the smartphone is Huaweis home grown K3V2 quad core powerhouse. Its the huawei’s flagship device which they are claiming its faster than any ARM processor in the market. Also they have released benchmarks saying its faster than the Nvidia Tegra 3 and the galaxy Nexus ( Its not surprising to see its faster than galaxy nexus TI OMAP ) . Also K3V2 is using 64bit RAM access architecture which is twice the Tegra 3’s 32bit channel.And the K3V2 has 16 graphics cores instead of 12 present on tegra 3.
But is it really the correct timing for huawei to introduce a new processor? Well my thought is its not. Huawei is still a little player in the smartphone business. new processor also means, the developers need to optimize the apps to run well on the K3V2. Also one might argue this clearly shows the fragmentation of Android. I have to agree on this point little bit because of the optimizations and time the developers need to sacrifice for the current games and heavy apps.
Just take a HD game. You can see different data files comes for samsung exynos,Tegra 2,TI OMAP, like that. It means different data files such as graphics enhanced to work on the different processors and their GPUs. So the problem of having many processor architectures is this optimization work. It might run stock android or huawei’s own flavor of touchwiz,sense UI very well. But when it comes to Games and Apps? It leaves a big question behind.
Galaxy S2 had exynos but samsung is a big player in the market and the phones were sold like hot cakes. There are millions or phones out there. So it made like all the games optimized for Exynos. But does huawei will be able to catch up the market and push out millions of Ascend D’s in a breeze? Answer is very unlikely. It means few of you will get stuck with a phone which has very small developing team and interest. Time will answer our problems.
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