Phones with the new LTE Snapdragon chipset to be as fast as Xbox 360 or PS3 in 2012
The graphics performance of the beast will be comparable to what the Xbox 360 and the PS3 can pump out nowadays, which is just stunning. The clock speeds this unit can reach stay secret for the moment, but we just had T-Mobile G2's 800MHz second-gen Snapdragon, produced with the 45nm method, pumped up to 1.9GHz the other day, a tribute to the overclocking flexibility of Qualcomm's silicon.
Now, it probably won't beat Samsung's Orion chipset in the graphics department, but the advantage of the Snapdragon family is that it is a true system-on-a-chip, integrating all the baseband and connectivity radios you can think of in one neat package, and Qualcomm is able to bring it fast to market. MSM8960 will support all current 3G bands plus a multi-mode LTE, meaning that it will be a truly global chipset, that will simply work on any network worldwide. The only downside we see is that it cannot come soon enough - sampling will begin next year, which means that it will be shipped to manufacturers and enter phones or tablets in 2012.
Here's to Crysis 2 at 60fps on our smartphones in 2012, provided the civilized world still exists by then, so we can buy a spare battery.
2. Rane718 (Posts: 6; Member since: 05 Oct 2010)
Faster yes, but were will all the heat generated by the chip go?
3. skymitch89 (Posts: 1164; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)
It's a smaller chip that uses less power so there won't be as much heat as the current chips.
4. skymitch89 (Posts: 1164; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)
And by the time these come out in phones/tablets, there will be something about 5x more powerful than these. It'll be interesting to see if they can actually produce the same level of graphics as a PlayStation 3 or an X-Box 360.
5. dmckay12 (Posts: 243; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)
I am from the future. What the article says is true. If you see a user named Taco50, then give him a thumbs down on everything he says.