ST-Ericsson announced a processor of its own to compete with the likes of the NVIDIA Tegra 4 and the Samsung Exynos5 Octa. They’re marketing their CPU, the NovaThor L8580, by saying that it is the fastest mobile processor with LTE connectivity while still using 50% less power compared to other processors
That might sound very impressive and all, and it is, but it doesn’t hold a candle to the likes of the Tegra 4 or the Octa.
Sure the NovaThor runs 4 cores that are capable of running up to 2.5GHz per core, but those cores are Cortex A9 cores and not Cortex A15. This already gives the Tegra 4 and Exynos 5 Octa a huge leg up compared to the NovaThor.
One impressive note on Ericsson’s part is that this processor consumes as little as 0.6 volts, but can still deliver 5,000 DMIPS (Dhrystone Million Instructions Per Second) of performance.
The Novathor L8580processor also has a 600MHz PowerVR SGX544 GPU from Imagination Technologies (which is the same firm Apple uses for their mobile GPUs).
This processor supports resolutions up to 1920 x 1200, dual display (with resolutions of up to 960 x 540 each display), 1080p video capture, 20MP rear-facing cameras, and 5MP front-facing cameras
The NovaThor may be competitive in terms of battery savings (and that’s something a lot of people are looking for), but in terms of actual power, it won’t be able to stand up to the NVIDIA Tegra 4, Samsung Exynos5 Octa, or the Snapdragon 800.
Nonetheless, this processor isn’t bad, and it could very well be used in many mid to upper-mid ranged phones in the future.
What is your take on the NovaThor? Would you consider it if it means a longer lasting battery life?