Futuremark today announced the launch of their Benchmark Development Program for Symbian based Smartphones. Key industry partners are ATI, Imagination Tech (PowerVR), Intel, Khronos Group, Neomagic and NVIDIA for this new program.
"Increasingly, the application performance of a mobile phone is becoming an important criteria for consumers in the purchasing decision process", said Tero Sarkkinen, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Futuremark. "Power efficiency is a tightly coined factor, and it is important to measure how much power different phones consume when running today's and tomorrow's most demanding workloads. The early participation of important industry players will bring diversity to the program and is a validation of the work we have done so far", Sarkkinen continued.
Futuremark Corporation has completed the initial specification and has now started the implementation of the new mobile platform benchmark. It will measure the performance and power efficiency of Symbian based smartphones and will include OpenGL ES API 3D game scenes, image processing as well as native Symbian applications such as address book and calendar. Symbian is a software licensing company owned byEricsson, Nokia, Panasonic, Psion, Samsung Electronics, Siemens and Sony Ericsson. The company supplies the Symbian OS open standards operating system for data-enabled mobile phones. Publicly announced products based on Symbian OS include the BenQ P30, Motorola A920, Sendo X, Siemens SX-1, Fujitsu F2102V and F2051, Sony Ericsson P800 and P900, Nokia 9210 Communicators and 9290 Communicator as well as the Nokia 7650, 6600, 3650, 3600 and N-Gage.
The benchmark suite for the Symbian based smartphones is expected to start shipping in the second quarter of this year. So within a few months you'll be able to compare the performance of your mobile phone against a friend his mobile phone