The cryptic “Chopin-LTE” apparently runs Android 5.1 Lollipop and produces Galaxy Tab S 10.5-eclipsing Geekbench scores.
It’s all been quiet, almost too quiet on the Samsung tablet front of late, with both Galaxy Note Pro and Tab Pro families terminated and only a couple of mid-end Tab As following in the footsteps of the 2014 Tab 4 trio.
But the year is young, and in addition to the no-brainer Tab S2 dyad, the rulers of the smartphone realm may have at least one more surprise in store for their pad believers. The Chopin should serve as music to the ears of on-the-go digital multitaskers, with the already remarkable 3 GB RAM of last year’s Tab S and Note Pro pushed further, to a record-setting 4 count.
This is no ordinary iterative upgrade, though, and might well kick off a new series of premium “laptop replacements”, powered by desktop-grade Intel processors instead of Qualcomm Snapdragons or octa-core Exynos chips.
Alright, maybe “desktop-grade” is a bit of an overstatement, since we’re not exactly dealing with a Haswell or Broadwell Core i5 or i7. Just a four-core 2.2 GHz 64-bit Atom x5-Z8500 based on 14nm Cherry Trail architecture.
Needless to highlight energy efficiency should be one of x5’s main fortes, but judging from Geekbench’s speed measurements, it won’t be obtained at the expense of raw performance. Both Chopin’s single-core (1,000+) and multi-core scores (3,400+) make the Exynos 5-packing GTab S 10.5 feel like a featherweight, at roughly 900 and 2,700 points respectively.
Let us also point out that, while unusual, Intel-powered Samsung slates aren’t completely unheard of. Remember the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1? Exactly, it had a dual-core Atom beneath the hood.
Bottom line, a benchmark doesn’t guarantee an imminent commercial bow, but something about the LTE-capable, Android 5.1 Lollipop-running “Chopin” feels right.
Source: Phone Arena