The HTC Pyramid (that we saw pictured yesterday) is rumored to be among the first devices to use Qualcomm’s dual-core Snapdragon chipset in a field of phones and tablets opting for NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 platform. Over the past year, the Snapdragon chip has set the standard for processing power in mobile devices, but supposed benchmark scores gathered by the folks at Smartphone Benchmarks tell a slightly different tale. Their tests confirm that the Pyramid indeed houses a dual-core chip, but the popular Smarbench 2011 shows a CPU and GPU that simply don’t hold up to the Tegra 2 chip found in the LG Optimus 2X and Motorola Atrix 4G.
In the above graphic, “Productivity” speaks to the phones CPU processing power while “Games” refers to the GPU, the more disappointing of the two results.
Now there is no telling how accurate these scores will hold without a finalized version of the Pyramid on hand. There is a good chance the device is running an unoptimized build of Android or that hardware hasn’t quite been finalized, so results could change drastically in the future, but these initial benchmarks give us the feeling NVIDIA and their Tegra chips may become the new standard down the road.