Benchmark tests - a battery of performance-related tasks for processors and other gadgets - usually provide a good insight into how well different pieces of hardware perform under different conditions.

One such test was conducted, by Phandroid, for the chipset used in Huawei's Ascend D quad XL. The Chinese manufacturer, incidentally, used neither Qualcomm's S4 nor Nvidia's Tegra 3 chip but an in-house quad-core processor and, startlingly, the tests suggest it outscores Samsung's Exynos.

The D quad XL and other phones in the range were unveiled in February and are expected to be available in China, Australia, Europe, the Asia Pacific and the Middle East, as well as North and South America, sometime in the second quarter.

There are, meanwhile, only a few hours left for the expected announcement of the Galaxy S3 smartphone. While, none of the specifications have been confirmed, with the possible exception of the processor, there have been several rumours doing the rounds.

Against the backdrop of Samsung's Exynos being outscored by the Huawei in-house chip, check out how the two stack up

Display: The Samsung Galaxy S3 is likely to feature a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED display, a physical "Home" button and a five column User Interface (UI). The Huawei Ascend D quad XL features a 4.5in capacitive IPS+LCD touch screen with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels.

Dimension: An earlier IBTimes UK report suggested the Galaxy S3 would be thinner and slightly heavier than the S2. The Ascend D quad XL measures 129x64x10.9mm and weighs 150g.

Operating System: Both smartphones will run on Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich).

Processor: The Galaxy S3 will be powered by a 1.4GHz Exynos 4 quad-core processor with 1GB of RAM. The Exynos chip will make its debut with the S3. Meanwhile, an unidentified Samsung executive was quoted as saying the US variant of the Galaxy S3 could pack Qualcomm's dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor. The Ascend D quad XL will be powered by a Huawei K3V2 chipset with quad-core 1.5GHz CPU and will house 1GB of RAM.

Camera: The Galaxy S3 could have a rear-facing eight megapixel camera with auto-focus and LED flash technology. The Huawei Ascend D quad XL will sport a primary camera of eight megapixels, which has resolution of 2448x3264 pixels. The camera furthermore features auto-focus, dual-LED flash and geo-tagging technology and is capable of capturing video at 1080p and 30 frames per second. The smartphone is also equipped with 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera.

Connectivity: The Galaxy S3 will offer Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth version 4.0 and it will also support data speed up to HSPA+21Mbps and HSUPA 5.76Mbps. The Ascend D quad XL offers Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot, DLNA and Bluetooth version 3 with A2DP.

Storage: The Galaxy S3 could come with just 16GB of onboard memory and will support microSD card. The Ascend D quad XL has internal memory storage space of 8GB and using a microSD card can be expanded to 32GB.

Battery: The Galaxy S3 will carry a 2050mAh battery with Near Field Communications (NFC) capabilities. The Ascend D quad XL is powered by a 2500mAh battery which provides two to three days of normal usage.

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