Qualcomm is ready to bring quad-core Snapdragon S4 chips to entry-level smartphones
posted by Maxwell R. / Sep 27, 2012, 1:51 AM
These “Q” variants support the extra bandwidth of low power memory, and 720p HD displays and video-encoding. Separate from these processors however are the local wireless components for Wi-Fi, radio, and Bluetooth which are housed on the chipmaker’s Atheros products.
The chips support UMTS and UMTS/CDMA. Qualcomm also introduced a chip that will work on the variants of these standards being used in China which is where we are likely to see the bulk of these components used initially. However, as the smartphone markets continue to saturate and prices fall across the board, these chips will find themselves in very capable, low-cost, entry-level devices sold elsewhere too.
The press release does not specifically note LTE, but states that the S4 dual- and quad-core processors are designed to let manufacturers build their product lines to support 3G/LTE products. The new processors will be ready before the end of this year, which means that they will be finding their way into new devices in early 2013.
sources: Qualcomm via Engadget
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Qualcomm adopting Nvidia's Kai project = HeLL YeaH
posted on Sep 27, 2012, 2:14 AM 5
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But this time it will perform 2x better than tegra 3......
posted on Sep 27, 2012, 3:57 AM 2
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I think Qualcomm is starting to shape up into Intel of the future
posted on Sep 27, 2012, 5:36 AM 1
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darac, it was always us who stood up to everyone. When people were calling it crapdragons & so on. Now Texas Instruments said bye, bye to OMAP so it looks like no OMAP 5 at all. Qualcomm's domination is so HUGE that the Krait S4 in the form of dual & quad-cores will actually start to come out in entry line devices. If you have such a powerful processor would it STILL be considered entry level? lol All I know is that the Exynos 5 won't be in entry level devices & that will surely help Qualcomm's world domination even more. I have said it once & I will say it again, Qualcomm is the undisputed world champion & will continue to ride this new renaissance or golden age. +1
posted on Sep 27, 2012, 7:36 AM 3
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would be nice to have good entry level android hopefully below the 200€ cause sony makes really good low end phones but are a bit over the 200€ here. maybe we'll get more brands now with great low ends and maybe a bit cheaper.
posted on Sep 27, 2012, 12:15 PM 0
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