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Qualcomm demos 3rd-gen Snapdragon MSM8660: smooth mobile video

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Qualcomm demos 3rd-gen Snapdragon MSM8660: smooth mobile video

Qualcomm first showed us the 3rd generation of its Snapdragon chips back at CES in January, and we've seen some benchmarks confirm its rock solid performance and nearly double improvement in graphics, but now that the mobile development platform (MDP) is out, you can see the future of smartphones for yourself. The prototype, which is available through Bsquare for $1350, should capture your attention mostly if you're a developer as its not meant for commercial use, but rather for software development.

The third generation dual-core Snapdragon MSM8660 does make playing back full HD 1080p videos and HTML5 in your browser a breeze. And if you weren't convinced by that, the video below shows just how much smoother playback on the Snapdragon rates against a popular rival (cough, Tegra 2, cough). The spec sheet proves that the processor's clock on the MSM8x60 could be set to as much as 1.5GHz and it comes with Adreno 220 graphics.

Qualcomm's naming convention uses a different number for different technologies, so while the 3rd generation processors are generalized by the MSM8x60 moniker, the 8260 is the GSM/UMTS version, the 8660 works on CDMA networks, while the 8960 is reserved for LTE devices. All of them share a common 45nm semiconductor technology. The first devices with the chipset are coming in the third quarter of the year, including handsets like the HTC EVO 3D and HTC Sensation.

source: Qualcomm (1), (2) via SlashGear

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posted on 02 May 2011, 06:29 1

1. cheetah2k (Posts: 1734; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)

This "advertising" is utter bullshit

The "cough, Tegra 2, cough" handset is unrecognisable and not a handset I've ever seen on the market.

So, how do you know it's got a Tegra 2 inside?

What version of Android are they using? Are they both using the same?

What video playback software are they both using?

I could keep on going with the questions....

Typical sales rubbish...

posted on 02 May 2011, 07:43 1

2. Knicknevin (Posts: 151; Member since: 18 Mar 2011)

It's too bad this new Qualcomm isn't currently planned for any phones...like the Tegra...

I'm not saying the Tegra2 is better, just that, sure this might be a good mobile processor, but the Tegra2 is actually slated for a number of phones/tablets.

So when this new Qualcomm is actually coming into devices, will we hear more about the Tegra3? or 4?

posted on 02 May 2011, 08:28

3. LordDavon (unregistered)

The HTC EVO3D and the HTC Sensation are using the new chip.

posted on 02 May 2011, 09:59

4. AndroidTroll (Posts: 359; Member since: 05 Mar 2011)

What are you guys talking about 3rd quarter?!? I thought the Evo 3D was slated for 2nd quarter!

posted on 02 May 2011, 12:35

5. LordDavon (unregistered)

I caught that too. I am hoping that it is just a mistake, since I haven't heard anything about a delay anywhere (engadget/BGR/here/etc.)

posted on 03 May 2011, 02:38

7. jokersixty9 (Posts: 8; Member since: 01 Jan 2010)

there isn't even a release date yet....stop freaking out...

posted on 02 May 2011, 13:35

6. atrix4g (unregistered)

anyone knows the live wallpaper that's shown in the second video? I want that. Hopefully u dont need a next gen snapdragon for it to function :)

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