Early Morning Android News: ASUS Padfone, Galaxy S III To Feature Quad Core Processors.

  • November 21, 2011 7:43 am

With the Galaxy Nexus release less than a month away, it seems almost sacrilegious to already discount the awesomeness that is inbound. But the mobile world never stays still. In accordance with that position, details of new quad-core Android hardware scheduled to hit the market in early/mid-2012 are beginning to leak out.

First up we have the ASUS Padfone. One lucky early tester took it upon themselves to benchmark the device on GLBenchmark and save the results to the GLB database giving us all a glimpse at the hardware running inside this early prototype. What’s interesting is that according to the uploaded benchmark data, the Padfone is stuffed with a Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8960 S4 processor. Said chip has a reported operating range of 1.5 GHz to 2.5 GHz, though given the smaller batteries in phones will likely stay towards the lower end of that range.

ASUS isn’t the only smartphone manufacturer dabbling with quad-core chips. A separate rumor claims Samsung is apparently testing a “newly discovered” Exynos 4412 32-nm quad-core processor for use in the next-gen Galaxy S III, as unearthed by records on Linux Kernel Archives. The four cours of the 4412 will reportedly run at ~1.5GHz. What’s intriguing about the Exynos 4412 is that a new Mali-T604 GPU is looking to be the GPU of choice, which if actually used in production phones has the potential to bring a healthy 5x increase in GPU performance.

Claims against both phones above are still at the “rumor” stage for now as no official announcements have been made, nor actual hardware spied. Nonetheless, the case for quad-core processors coming to new high-end Android tablets and phones in early 2012 has been repeatedly rebroadcasted by various sources. It’s almost a guaranteed bet that the dual-core processor’s reign on top is coming to an end. While we can’t speak for the ASUS Padfone, the current rumor points to a Mobile World Congress 2012 announcement for the Galaxy S III.

Stay tuned for more info on the alleged quad-core ASUS Padfone and similarly equipped Samsung Galaxy S III.

ASUS Padfone: Slashgear, AndroidCommunity
Galaxy S III: PocketNow, Androidandme, Somobile


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