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GLBenchmark test leads to speculation that Motorola is dropping TI for the Qualcomm S4

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GLBenchmark test leads to speculation that Motorola is dropping TI for the Qualcomm S4
The GLBenchmark test data

The GLBenchmark test data

If a GLBenchmark test is correct, it looks like Motorola is getting a divorce from TI and is joining other OEMs by using the zippy Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon S4 processor. The S4 is exactly what you will find under the hood of AT&T's version of the HTC One X and on the HTC One S. The GL Benchmark test was done on a Motorola handset with the model number of MB886 and was called the Motorola Qinara which might have actually been the Motorola Dinara. References were found to the Qualcomm S4 which, if true, would represent a break between the manufacturer and TI. The latter's OMAP processors have been powering up Motorola's Android models with the NVIDIA Tegra 2 making the odd appearance.

The Qinara was listed as having Android 4.0.3 installed and under Fingerprint, AT&T is listed. That carrier has offered both of Motorola's ATRIX models. The resolution of the screen is 720 x 1196 which indicates an HD 720p screen and the appearance of the on-screen navigation buttons used on Android 4.0. Had physical buttons been on the device, the resolution would have been 720 x 1280. The use of the S4 processor points to the phone offering LTE connectivity. Many Stateside units, like the AT&T HTC One X, have replace the quad-core Tegra 3 processor with the S4 since the former doesn't currently work well with LTE. Some tests have shown the S4 to outperform the competition. Additionally, the on-chip 4G might help Motorola users save some battery life.

The Motorola Dinara was originally tipped last July as a possible sequel to the then-unreleased Motorola DROID BIONIC. The model lines up with the device being tested on GLBenchmarks, MB886, and is said to be slimmer and lighter than the Motorola DROID BIONIC. A larger than 4.3 inch display is expected along with a side mounted power button and a rubberized back. Did we mention the 13MP camera expected to be on board?

source: BlogofMobile (translated) via Electronista

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posted on 16 Apr 2012, 18:27 5

1. barondebxl (Posts: 102; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)


S4!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on 16 Apr 2012, 20:43 7

7. Ijustdontknow (Posts: 3; Member since: 16 Apr 2012)


Crapdragons are a POS. TI aren't that great either... I mean just look at the sluggish Galaxy Nexus. But than again the Galaxy nexus was garbage anyway with the rest of its hardware like:

-crappy camera
-crappy ext speakers
-old rehashed and pos gpu the POWERVR sgx540
-crappy antenna
-and that ugly screen that was doomed to be replace with better tech before it even made it to the market

posted on 16 Apr 2012, 22:13 9

9. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5588; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


do you have any idea what you're talking about? the OMAP4 was the best SoC they could use with LTE support at the time. what else should they have used? Phone Arena themselves said that the screen is quite comparable to the Retina Display of the iPhone 4/4S. if you call a screen like that crappy just what sets the bar for you?

posted on 16 Apr 2012, 23:16

10. bernman17 (Posts: 1; Member since: 16 Apr 2012)


you have a mediocre grasp of english

posted on 17 Apr 2012, 11:30

12. barondebxl (Posts: 102; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)


And you're a clown you understood what he meant

posted on 16 Apr 2012, 18:38 2

2. BattleBrat (Posts: 1069; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


I thought Moto was building an Intel based handset?

posted on 16 Apr 2012, 18:42 5

4. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5588; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


i guess they still are. last i heard they were still having power management issues. o:

posted on 16 Apr 2012, 18:42 8

3. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5588; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


Motorola does have a tendency to use the current leading SoC when the current generation of OMAP just doesn't quite cut it anymore and the next gen is a little while away just like they did with the Tegra II however when the OMAP5 comes out armed and ready Motorola will pick things back up with them. hopefully in time for the Jelly Bean Nexus. ;)

posted on 16 Apr 2012, 18:57 6

5. zothen (Posts: 12; Member since: 26 Mar 2012)


Agree. This could be more of a divorce from Tegra than a divorce from OMAP.

posted on 16 Apr 2012, 19:55 6

6. JBz007 (Posts: 62; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


DROID Razr HD with 4.7", 720p screen and S4 processor. Come to poppa!

posted on 16 Apr 2012, 21:34

8. belovedson (Posts: 832; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)


so why is moto making a new phone every couple of months again?

posted on 17 Apr 2012, 00:57 3

11. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 618; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


Moto isn't divorcing TI, you must be crazy TI makes excellent chips Motorola won't all of a sudden ditch TI. They are basically testing out another chip maker, they did try that with the Tegra 2 in one or two of their models but all the other Moto top line phones came with an OMAP by TI.

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