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Next Gen Snapdragon To Offer 5x More Performance, Clock Up To 2.5GHz.


Qualcomm has some fightin’ words for their competitors, specifically ARM. MobileTechWorld has stumbled upon a leaked slide from an internal Qualcomm presentation detailing the company’s next generation of mobile SoC hardware — the MSM8270, MSM8930, MSM8960, and APQ8064.

With up to 5x the performance of current generation Snapdragon hardware, the single-, dual-, and quad-core SoC coming in 2012 is going to be awesome. Not only will we be dealing with 2.5GHz smartphones, but Qualcomm’s new hardware will suck down 75% less energy in the process. The graphics portion powered by Adreno silicon is likely 22x and possibly 3xx material. Regardless, Qualcomm promises a fourfold increase in performance which will equal consoles in graphics ability.

Other goodies include Dolby 7.1 surround, embedded multi-mode LTE, 3G, WLAN, GPS, Bluetooth and FM connectivity, 3D playback, and up to 20-megapixel cameras. In closing, Qualcomm adds that their next-gen hardware will be up to 23% faster than ARM’s upcoming Cortex-A15 SoC. How’s that for fightin’ words?

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#mwc HTC Desire S Receives Minor Update: More Speed + Sleek Aluminum Body.

The HTC Desire S which was announced today at MWC, brings a nice increase in performance to a largely unchanged package. A new all aluminum body, second-gen 1GHz Snapdragon processor (8255), front-facing VGA camera and rear-facing 5-megapixel camera, 3.7″ WVGA display and 1.1GB of user accessible storage. The final cherry on top: Android 2.4 (Gingerbread pt. 2) will ship at launch. Look for the Desire S to launch in Europe and Asia in Q2 of 2011.

Teaser video after the jump…
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Qualcomm: Dual-Core Snapdragon Phones Coming In 2011.

If you just entered the smartphone scene, you might think the only worthwhile mobile processor options moving forward into 2011 are tweaked Hummingbird processors from Samsung and Nvidia’s dual-core Tegra 2 processor. However, Texas Instruments has some exciting stuff planned for later in the year. But for now, we’re focusing on Qualcomm and their upcoming dual-core processors, specifically dual-core Snapdragon processors + LTE support. Back in late 2009 and most of 2010, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processor was “the” processor to beat. But as of late, the competition is getting fierce.

Speaking of competition, Cristiano Amon, Qualcomm’s Senior Vice President of Cellular Products had some fighting words poised and ready to fire back. According to Amon, Qualcomm’s processors have a couple of big advantages over the likes of Nvidia, Samsung, and others. For starters, dual-core Snapdragons feature an “asymmetrical clock” design which Amon says will result in faster speeds and less battery drain. Furthermore, he states that Qualcomms combining of processor and wireless modem further turn the advantage to Qualcomms side.

With plenty of talent on hand at CES and now this from Qualcomm, 2011 is certainly an interesting year already. Will Qualcomm’s boasting ring prove true?
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Xperia Playstation Phone Images Leak!

On a slightly happier note than Sony Ericsson needlessly abandoning their X10/Mini/Mini Pro Android phones comes the revealing of some very official looking Xperia Playstation Phone images. Chinese tech blog it168 went through meticulously previewed the phone giving us the images you’ll see inside after the jump as well as a slew of specs: 1GHz Snapdragon processor, Qualcomm Adreno 205 graphics processor, 512 MB of RAM and ROM (each), 4″ 854 x 480 display, 8-megapixel rear-facing camera w/ LED flash, and microSD card support. The Playstation Phone/Xperia managed a 1,733 in Quadrant — though we all know Quadrant isn’t exactly the most reliable benchmarking suite out there. Nevertheless, these new images showcase a very compelling device. Hit the link below to check them out…

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Android-Powered ASUS Smartphone Packs 4.8″ 1024 x 480 Display. #android #asus

ASUS is currently unveiling a bunch of new digital goodies in New York City at their official press event. But this particular gem stole the show — an unnamed smartphone that features 4.8″ 1024 x 480 display. For movie buffs, it falls nicely into that 21:9 aspect ratio meaning no black bars! On top of the gorgeous screen, a 1GHs Snapdragon, 802.11n WiFi, HSPA+ support, HDMI output, 8-megapixel rear camera/2-megapixel front-facing camera, and a flurry of accelerometers and gyroscopes all point to a monster of a phone.

Unfortunately, ASUS wasn’t as forthcoming about price. For that, we’ll have to wait until we get a little closer to the April 2011 release date. With that time frame in mind, Android 3.0 could be a possibility. Excited?
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Qualcomm Unveils the MSM8960 Snapdragon Processor: Faster CPU, GPU, and LTE! #snapdragon #qualcomm

The Qualcomm-designed Snapdragon processor was quite the chip but one short year ago. It was “the” chip in fact. But these days as we sit here and look at Samsung’s Hummingbird processor, Nvidia Tegra 2, and upcoming ARM chips, the original Snapdragon processor starts to look quite dated. But Qualcomm, likely aiming to keep our attention on them, revealed new information concerning their upcoming redesigned Snapdragon processor, the MSM8960.

Some of the biggest features of the new chip include LTE support, a processor that is up to 5x faster thanks to high frequency clocks and a dual-core design, and a GPU that is up to 4x faster. Furthermore, heat and battery life should be improved thanks to the chips 28nm die size. Qualcomm is claiming a full 75% less power to be exact, which if that turns out to be true would be simply jaw dropping.

The only downside is that we’ll likely have to wait until early/mid-2012 before we start seeing any devices powered by the MSM8960 Snapdragon. In the meantime, we’ll have to make due with 45nm dual-core variants to prepare us for the onslaught coming later. More screenshots after the jump…
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Android news Thursday Edition…


We’ve got a couple of important Android stories to update you on this fine Thursday afternoon. Without any fibble fabble, let’s get right to it. First up, Droid Incredible users: a leaked build of Android 2.2 (Froyo) is available from shipped-roms. I don’t have an Incredible myself to test it on, so you’re on your own. While shipped-roms has seen some legal trouble in the past, it wasn’t for any nefarious means. A few manufacturers were a bit peeved that shipped-roms was distributing…well…ROMS. Looks like they got that little quarrel are squared away. Anywho, those of you with a Droid Incredible should give the new update a shot if you really like living on the edge.

**For a step-by-step process of updating your DI to Froyo, hit up this post over at Droid-Life.

Moving on, many weeks back we talked a little about an Android device called the “Glacier”. It popped up on a benchmark spreadsheet online with blazing fast speeds that literally decimated the competition. Unfortunately, we knew nothing else. Guess what? The underlying hardware is back and bringing a known friend with it — the G2…
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Lenovo Skylight delay to result in processor swap, dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon en route?

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Delays are rarely a good thing the gadget world. More often than not, as release dates are pushed farther and farther back, interest in the gadget/service wanes and ultimately kills it. In the case of the unusually stylish Lenovo Skylight and its Qualcomm 1GHz processor, “delay” killed it for a lot of people. But a new rumor surfacing on DigiTimes sheds new hope on Lenovo’s baby. Specifically, the unfortunate delay has resulted in Lenovo having time to swap out new internals such as the much talked about dual-core Snapdragon processors.

In regards to the Skylight, the dual-core Snapdragon that’s said to be making its debut in the Skylight will hum along at a brisk 1.5GHz. That’s pretty remarkable that we’re talking about 1GHz+, multi-core processors on mobile phones, isn’t it?

We’ll follow this story as it (does or doesn’t) develop. Surely you’ve got to be excited, no? If netbooks aren’t your thing, don’t worry. Chatter of dual-core higher clocked Snapdragons coming to smartphones have been circulating quite a bit as of late. Q3/Q4 looks to be very exciting, wouldn’t you say?

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1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon processors announced at Computex


One core Snapdragon’s are hot, but two? Forget a drool cup, get me a bucket!

Announced at Computex, the fresh-off-the-line dual-core Snapdragon’s pack a menacing feature set with the highest talking point being the (2) application cores and single modem core all working in tandem @ 1.2GHz to power displays up to 1280 x 800.

Netbooks and friends will obviously be one of the markets the dual-snaps will be geared towards. Even more exciting however is the high-end smartphone market that is primed and ready to receive these chips.

1280 x 800 may be pushing what is “usable” on a tiny 4.3″ smartphone display. Nonetheless, I won’t complain. Will you?

Look for more info as Qualcomm becomes more giving as well as even faster variants of these dual-core Snapdragons…according to the word…
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