Even though it hasn’t yet made it big on the mobile market, it looks like Intel is on the right track. After last year’s Clover Trail and 2013′s improved Clover Trail+ have proved to be decent competitors of the Qualcomms and Tegras out there, the company is looking to soon release a much improved and tablet exclusive chipset – the quad-core Intel Atom Bay Trail SoC (Atom Z3770).
Intel has recently announced that more than 20 tablets (Android + Windows 8) powered by its Bay Trail Atom SoC will be released by the end of the year. According to the manufacturer, the new “System on a Chip” will greatly improve both battery life and performance (3 times more powerful than a dual-core Atom Z2760 Clovertrail). It remains to be seen how accurate are Intel’s claims once the first Bay Trail powered tablets hit store shelves. However, until that day comes, we can look at how an Android tablet powered by this SoC performed in one of the most popular benchmarks – Geekbench.
As it can be seen above, a tablet powered by a quad core Intel Atom Z3770 (clocked at 2.39 GHz) and running on Android 4.2.2 has performed, in Geekbench, roughly like NVIDIA’s Shield did (both in single core and multi core tests). For those of you not up to speed, the Shield handheld Android gaming console is being powered by an NVIDIA Tegra 4 SoC.
As far as we know, the only tablet powered by Intel’s Bay Trail SoC is the Toshiba Encore (which is a Windows 8.1 tablet), but if Intel is to be believed, more announcements will start to pour in soon enough.
In the meantime, assuming they will perform roughly the same, would you rather go for an NVIDIA Tegra 4 or for an Intel Bay Trail powered tablet? Let us know in the comments section.