Qualcomm rebrands Snapdragon chips, new names to match chip generations, get rid of confusion

Qualcomm rebrands Snapdragon chips, new names to match chip generations, get rid of confusion
You know the Snapdragon MSM8255? Right, neither do we, at least we wouldn't be 100% sure which one was it until we double and triple-checked it and yet it's a pretty common Qualcomm chip (if not the most common one). If you do know it, though, you've definitely deserved our deepest respect, geek to geek, or you work at Qualcomm. In either case, even you'd admit that the fancy MSM8255 model name in question does more to confuse rather than make life easier for the common smartphone buyer. And easier is what we all like, even Qualcomm, which has announced that it will change the naming of its SoCs to simplify matters – the company's new system will rename chips to the plain and simple S1, S2, S3 and S4. The digits following the S for Snapdragon represent the generation of the chip. Oh, the joy and relief. 

First-gen silicon, or S1, is the oldest, manufactured by 65nm technology and featuring Adreno 200 GPU, but that doesn't tell you much. It's the devices that give a better idea about its performance and it was most recently featured on the first wave of Windows Phone handsets as well as for instance the HTC Droid Incredible.

The second-gen chips, S2, were produced using 45nm technology and got a bump in the graphics department with the Adreno 205 graphical processor. Those chips power some of the most common devices nowadays including the HTC ThunderBolt, LG Revolution, T-Mobile G2 and Sony Ericsson's new Xperia models.

Finally, the third generation S3 is when dual-cores started appearing along with Adreno 220 graphics. The chips use the same 45nm technology, but with dual cores the boost in power is noticeable. Signature devices include the HTC Sensation, HTC EVO 3D and HP TouchPad when it comes to tablets.

S4 is the future, shining bright with 1.6GHz to 2.5GHz multi-core chips (dual to quad) expected next year. Simple enough? We couldn't imagine it simpler than that. Now, if it could only bring Qualcomm's quad-core chips as fast as Nvidia's Kal-El...

source: Qualcomm

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9 Comments

1. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Hey this is great. I like the simplicity of the new naming system. The S4 will hopefully be based on the 28nm technology. That is going to be a HUGE battery saver. I would LOVE an unlocked bootloader 4G HTC phone with a quad-core 28nm 2.5Ghz beast of a processor as my everyday phone. Hey I can imagine right..................? Hopefully the next HTC Evo in the summer of '12 will be that monster! lol For now I am enjoying my S3 on my HTC Evo 3D!

9. AndroidTroll

Posts: 359; Member since: Mar 05, 2011

Yeah it would be cool if they came out with an Evo 3D 2 next summer with the S4 chip. I have really grown fond of taking 3D pics and videos so it would be hard to give it up.

10. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

I agree with you! I actually like the 3D aspect a lot!

2. Synack

Posts: 688; Member since: Jul 05, 2011

I have an S4 in my Nexus Prime.

3. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

You have a Nexus Prime? I am jealous! lol :-)

4. DroidDoes unregistered

OMG synack u got a nexus prime it hasn't release now do u work at google?

5. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

oh hes full of it. But ive been rolling with a Tegra Quad core for a month now.. love that Kal El goodness.. lolz. :D :D

6. Synack

Posts: 688; Member since: Jul 05, 2011

I send messages from the future. This message brought to you by my new Samsung Galaxy S 4!!! No I don't have a Prime but I'll be the first in line the day it comes out.

7. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Dude does the world end in 2012? lol :-)

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