How much faster is the Note II than the very first Intel Pentium chip?

You have to admit, we have come along way in the last 20 years...

Spaced out

Now, if that didn't blow you away, then bear in mind that the computer which helped a man land on the moon – the one used for the Apollo 11 landings – managed to do this at a positively tiny 1.024MHz of processing power.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration
National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Which means that the Note II's chip is an incredible 1,600 times the faster than this – and that is if you just count the one core.

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Essentially, this pocket-friendly device could perform thousands of Apollo 11 missions at once and still have power left over for a game or two of Angry Birds!

Thanks for the memory

Moving away from processors for a moment, let's also consider the amount of RAM the GALAXY Note II holds when compared to a computer housing the first wave of Pentium computers in 1993.

Note II

Back then a top-end computer had 8MB of (costly) memory. Today, the Note II houses 2GB of RAM, which means there's no lag when opening apps and you can do a whole host of multi-tasking without the device breaking a sweat. There's a reason for this: there's 256 times more memory on board than what was in the desktops of yore.

On display

There is a very good reason that the Note II needs a lot of power, and one way you can see it working straight away is with the HD Super AMOLED screen.

Note II

This screen has a total of 1280x720 pixels, which works out at 276 pixels per inch. Back in the early '90s a monitor would have a pixel size of half this at 640 x 480 – and these had to stretch to 15 or so inches of screen size, whereas the Note II has all this pixel goodness crammed into its 5.5-inch screen.

Portable product

The GALAXY Note II is the best of both worlds: it's powerful but extremely portable.

Skip back 20 years and computing portability was a little less, well, portable. In fact, just when Pentium was announced in 1993, the first PDAs were launched.

The IBM Simon
The IBM Simon

And they were, well, cumbersome. To say the least! The early IBM Simon, for example, came with a whopping 16MHz processor, weighed 510g (the Note II is 180g) and had a rather strange 4.5 x 1.5-inch display. Something to remember the next time you stare into the HD Super AMOLED loveliness of the Note II…


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