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Intel: Core M is 3 times faster than Snapdragon 805

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Intel Core M
Intel Core M

One of the most exciting announcements at IFA 2014 was Intel's launch of the tiny 14nm system on chip, the Intel Core M. It brings with it the promise of some thin, silent and above all powerful new two in one PCs which Intel claims will be up to three times faster than the any tablet packing the Qualcomm Snapdragon 805.

Speaking to TrustedReviews Matt Dunford, Worldwide Client Benchmark Manager at Intel, fired a shot across the bows of ARM processors by claiming that the new Intel Core M is significantly more powerful than Qualcomm’s best.

“The Intel Core M is two to three times faster than the top of the line premium tablets out there. So if you’re talking about the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 or 805 we’re going to be about two to three times faster. We’re about two times faster on gaming and three times faster on most of the other things you’re doing like web applications.”

He also thinks that people often don’t comprehend the total costs of buying a tablet for productivity use which means they end up spending more than they should.

“When you really get honest about the price of a tablet you need to add the price of the cover, a keyboard, extra storage etc. When you add all that up you’re talking about the same price as a good two in one PC which delivers so much more capability. People haven’t grasped that yet.”

It’s the large top of the range tablets like the Samsung Galaxy Pro series or the mooted iPad Pro that could be most vulnerable to Intel Core M packing hybrids.

Karen Regis, Mobile Marketing Manager at Intel, explains:

“Intel Core M provides a good alternate choice for people looking for a large screen premium tablet, like two in one buyers.”

It’s a view supported by Dunford who believes that some premium tablets don’t quite offer as much productivity or performance as they should.

“I went out and got a Samsung Galaxy Notepro 12.2 and it’s big, it’s not quite as light as some of the smaller tablets. People looking at that size are some of the people who could look at the Intel Core M instead. A big premium tablet is going to be thin and light and have a battery that is going to last a long time. You’re going to be able to do your consumption of media and maybe some basic productivity although the typing on some of those premium tablets is not as good as a clamshell. When you start looking at tasks that require more performance, where you’re really trying to make it do something, the Intel Core M is going to be dramatically better.”

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September 7, 2014, 4:42 am

The PC's Dead? No way, the PC now includes tablets and next up will be smart phones!

Major Sceptic

September 7, 2014, 12:17 pm

Talk is cheap, two to three times faster ?
How hot does it run ?
How quickly will it burn through battery ?
How long will it last ?
Which chip has the runs on the board ?


September 8, 2014, 11:44 am

It will run as low as 4w. It is a fanless design SoC.

You could find the answers to your questions if you bothered, although it might have been nice to include some of these details on this report.



September 8, 2014, 6:01 pm

How much power does it use, and how much will it add to the cost of a tablet?

Also, I use my tablet just for reading and it's fast enough for me. I'd be interested to know who uses one for serious work - is there a big market out there for hybrids?

Major Sceptic

September 9, 2014, 7:34 pm

Fair comment mate and thanks for the link, it may well be good , but one thing life has taught me is , the old saying, "the proof is in the pudding", means a lot more than just claiming X is is better than Y .
I look forward to see it in a device with some real world tests and then we can see if it's as good as claimed.

Michael Ogbonnaya

November 3, 2014, 12:50 pm

Will I do use my tablet for a good deal of productivity. I user it for typing and also taking notes and also for really heavy web browsing and lots more. So I think this Core M will do me some real good provided it doesn't hurt my pockets

Francis Short Jr

December 12, 2014, 12:21 pm

If so good why intel yet to produce a competitive smartphone processor

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