Qualcomm announces new quad-core Snapdragon S4 processors: MSM8226 and MSM8626
The MSM8226 and its CDMA counterpart – the MSM8626, are the newest members of Qualcomm's expansive Snapdragon S4 family of chipsets. Both chips feature quad-core CPUs and are made using 28nm manufacturing process, combining adequate performance without sacrificing battery life. Graphics are being handled by an Adreno 305GPU, which supports video playback and recording at up to 1080p, and up to 13 megapixel cameras.
What's also worth noting is that the MSM8226 and MSM8626 come with the new WTR2605 multi-mode radio by Qualcomm, which is tailored to work with Chinese TD-SCDMA networks. Support for location tracking via GPS, GLONASS, and BeiDou is also on board. Its maker points out that the WTR2605 is 40% more efficient and 60% smaller than its previous transceiver generation. Both SoCs can work with two active SIM cards at the same time.
Samples of the MSM8226 and MSM8626 will be ready to ship to interested manufacturers by the second quarter of 2013. Chances are that we'll see them in use with smartphones targeted at "budget-conscious" consumers.