Remember when Motorola's Sanjay Jha mistakenly referred to a dual-core chipset as a 2GHz chip?

Remember when Motorola's Sanjay Jha mistakenly referred to a dual-core chipset as a 2GHz chip?
We remember` back in June 2010 when then Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha spoke about a 2GHz CPU powering an Android handset sometime in 2010. What Jha really was talking about was a dual-core chipset. And the very first handset carrying a chipset with multiple cores was the LG Optimus 2X. That phone was powered by the dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 and was followed by the Motorola Atrix, which was also driven by the Tegra 2 chipset.

Since then, we have busted through the quad-core ceiling, the hexa-core ceiling (thanks to the overheating Snapdragon 810 SoC which led LG to stuff the Snapdragon 808 chipset into the LG G4) and octa-core CPUs are now found everywhere. Taiwan based MediaTek was the first to offer a "true" octa-core SoC with all eight cores working independently of each other. That compares with the big.LITTLE architecture used by other octa-core chipsets. Those chips featured a high performance cluster of four cores used on tasks requiring heavy duty power. Another cluster of four cores are employed on less power intensive tasks.

In May of 2015, MediaTek introduced the Helio X20. The chipset featured a deca-core CPU. Over a year later, the Helio X30 was announced, carrying a deca-core CPU and the PowerVR 7XT GPU. Built using TSMC's 10nm FinFET process, the  Helio X30 carries four Cortex A-73 cores clocked at 2.8GHz to handle the tough jobs. Four Cortex A-53 cores will run at 2.2GHz, and two Cortex A-35 cores running at 2GHz make quick work of the housekeeping chores. MediaTek calls this a tri-cluster chip.

The Vernee Apollo 2 is expected to be introduced at Barcelona this month, the first handset powered by the Helio X30. It will carry up to 8GB of RAM and 128GB of native storage. The phone certainly reminds us how far we've come since Sanjay Jha mistakenly referred to a dual-core processor as a 2GHz chip back in June of 2010.



1. deanylev

Posts: 234; Member since: Mar 11, 2014

Actually, the Snapdragon 810 is octa-core.

2. Alan01

Posts: 645; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

Yes, I didn't write otherwise. My point was that because the 810 overheated, LG went to the SD 808 and its hexa-core CPU for the LG G Flex. I admit that it wasn't written clearly, so I rewrote it to make it easier to understand. I don't want to be accused of using alternative facts! Regards, Alan F.

3. kabel

Posts: 148; Member since: Nov 06, 2011

Wrong again. Snapragon didn't go into LG G Flex, LG G Flex was outfitted with Snapdragon 800. It was the LG G4 that got the Snapdragon 808. WOW.

4. jellmoo

Posts: 2660; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

I'm guessing he meant that they went with the 808 in the G4 because the 810 overheated like a mofo in the G Flex 2. Could be wrong though.

6. fyah_king unregistered

G flex with SD 810.:)

7. fyah_king unregistered

NM, thought it was g flex 2.

8. kabel

Posts: 148; Member since: Nov 06, 2011

I need to correct myself. "Snapdragon didn't go into ..." should read "Snapdragon 808 didn't go into LG G Flex ..."

5. cwilli319

Posts: 10; Member since: Dec 12, 2016

Alternative facts.... lol xD

9. cwilli319

Posts: 10; Member since: Dec 12, 2016

whats an example of a device with a un-true octa core?

10. combatmedic870

Posts: 986; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

One that only runs as quad core. 4 little 4 big.

11. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Exynos 5410

12. plasteek

Posts: 265; Member since: Jun 07, 2015

They don't know damn about LG loooooooooool!


Posts: 96; Member since: May 03, 2016

SD800 for G Flex


Posts: 89; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

If I remember correctly, which I'm pretty sure I do. The original g flex was outfitted with the SD 800, The G flex 2 then went with the SD 810 and suffered overheating issues which then prompted LG to use the SD 808 in the LG G4 and then subsequently the V10.

15. Alan01

Posts: 645; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

Yup, you guys are right. My memory crashed. LG G4 was first to taste the hexa-core goodness of the Snapdragon 808 as LG was afraid of the SD-810. This year, we have SD 821 powered LG G6 because Sammy's gluttonous appetite has it buying every SD 835 rolling out the factory door. Thanks for the heads up and this is why our readers are the best! Alan F.

16. uzimafioso

Posts: 469; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

Again are you absolutely sure G6 will have SD821? It is rumored, yes, but why would you state it like you have one in your hand...

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