Qualcomm's "S4" line combines dual-core processor and embedded LTE support

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Qualcomm has announced that the next generation of its Snapdragon processor line-known as the S4-will have two cores and support for an LTE 4G baseband chip. For example, the Qualcomm MSM S4 8960 chip will combine a dual-core processor with an LTE broadband chip which will allow handset manufacturers to produce thinner phones with longer battery life and stronger 4G performance.

In addition, the S4 line will be able to support 3D video capture as well as 3D HD video playback. Other capabilities include augmented reality functions and the ability to run gesture-based apps. Thanks to device-maker programmable digital signal processing, the S4 line offers better audio for users.

Certain hardware makers are already sampling the S4 chips and smartphones and tablets containing the S4 will be in the marketplace early next year. The highest-end of the S4 series, the quad-core 8064, is still under development and will be found in products in the marketplace during the second half of 2012.

source: Qualcomm via PhoneScoop

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22 Comments

1. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

Can't wait for these to be in smartphones next year.

2. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Too bad they aren't available already. This and other LTE-imbedded chips is what will rescue LTE phones from their current battery life woes.

3. Cree unregistered

Very nice to hear this!!! Can't wait! Nexus Prime to possibly Nexus Prime II or Droid 4 HD Cree

4. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1245; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

I bet the quad-core devices next year will be almost exclusively tablets. Hard for me to believe that there will be quad-core phones a year from now; don't even wanna know how much those would cost.

12. Leodrade

Posts: 87; Member since: Aug 26, 2011

Nvidia already mentioned that Kal-El chips will be in phones by the beginning of next year, so probably some company will announce a quad-core phone at CES 2012

5. Phullofphil

Posts: 1822; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

Human I keep typing cool comments and my page keeps refreshing and erasing it before I finish , I guess you all lost on that. lOL

6. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

all i can say is it better be in the Vigor.

7. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

lol, it wont be in the vigor unless the vigor isnt launching until "early 2012". So both exynos and snapdragon are doing a version2 of their current dual core line up. I wonder if nvidia and Ti will be doing the same thing? I know about kal el, but will they have a dual core refresh?

8. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

the Vigor won't even be usable unless it had such a processor. remember it won't have a SA+ HD screen like the Prime not to mention it's not big enough to accommodate a big battery. rumor is that it has a 1600mAh battery.

13. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Gosh, HTC is putting an awful lot of time into a phone that "won't even be usable". No, the Vigor won't be a superfast phone like the GS2 but that hardly qualifies it as "unusable". You're damning a phone that nobody's laid hands on yet.

14. Krishaun27 unregistered

The Vigor is rumored to be packing an HD(720p) screen also.

18. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

yeah i know that, the difference is that the Prime's will be SA+ which is much more power efficient than regular LCD displays.

19. dhara

Posts: 6; Member since: Oct 09, 2011

yeah right:http://blog.gsmarena.com/showdown-samsung-galaxy-s-ii-stars-in-our-browsing-battery-life-championship-not-so-brightly/ also, my friend has a galaxy s (samsung fascinate) and the battery life is truly pathetic, compared to my xperia arc. could be a faulty unit though

22. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

where in that article does it say that the SA+ is what's causing the drainage? there's many other factors that could be at fault here like GSMArena stated it could simply be the Galaxy S II's browser.

17. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

you misunderstand. i don't doubt it'll be fast, not GS2 fast but fast none the less. what i meant was being that it has an HD (supposedly mere LCD) display and a 1.5GHz dual-core processor on top of LTE it's going to be more than a little power hungry. if they don't use an MSM8960 in this thing the battery life will be atrocious.

9. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

Texas Instrument's "Second Gen" is the OMAP4470 which has a PowerVR 544 @ 384mhz with a dedicated 2D Graphics Core and is clocked at 1.8GHz. it's supposed to come out early next year and as for Nvidia, i don't think they're as good at producing processors as the rest are yet and they've probably decided not to fumble around and focus on the Tegra III.

10. Mozarrt

Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

Just bring out the Dualcore's for Windows Phone please.

11. IDCAdrenoSUks unregistered

adreno= failed never will adreno beat the line of PowerVR, Nvidia Geforce, or Samsung own GPU...Never!

20. dhara

Posts: 6; Member since: Oct 09, 2011

23. dharaDUMB unregistered

hey dummy most reviewers actually say that the quadrant scores varies between 2500 - 3500+ so it is still unknown, but anyways they also said the tmobile version also does not feel as snappy and has some lag in comparison. So next time when you want to open your mouth and say something dumb do your research and educate yourself first. Your such a dumba$$ just go STFU.

15. kyle unregistered

Here is the big question... will the Motorola Xoom and Asus EeePad Transformer have a quad-core processor?

21. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

dude the moto xoom was released months ago -_- im sure the eeepad transformer was to

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