The Padfone in question appears to be running the new Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8960 S4 processor. The MSM8960 S4 is the quad-core Snapdragon part that will combat the Tegra 3 chipset from NVIDIA. The S4 is expected to run from 1.5GHz to 2.5GHz. I’d be the 1.5GHz is what we will see in smartphone guise.
The performance for the smartphone with the S4 processor inside is very good. This Padfone should provide a nice little upgrade to the original that will be welcome when crammed inside that tablet accessory. There is no word on when the new device will launch, but it should be one of the first with the new S4 inside.
Someone who has an early version of the new Asus Padfone has decided to benchmark the Android device on GLBenchamrk and the results are in the database. The interesting part is that the info in the database points to a Qualcomm chip inside that hasn’t been released yet. This gives us our first idea of how well the platform will perform.