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Next Snapdragon CPU: 2.5GHz, 75% Less Power

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Qualcomm has said its next Snapdragon processors will bring console-quality gaming to mobile devices

Samsung made headlines last week when it promised a 2GHz smartphone CPU for 2012. It wasn’t long ago that such a thing didn’t even seem possible, and the news sparked plenty of conversations about how fast the industry is moving. However, it seems Samsung’s lofty promise has already been outdone by Qualcomm, which is planning new single, dual and quad core Snapdragons that will reach clock speeds 2.5GHz.

A leaked Qualcomm presentation details the company’s plans for its next-generation Snapdragon processors, the MSM8270, MSM8930 and MSM8960 processors, and the APQ8064. Electronista reports that these chips are expected to be as much as five times faster than their predecessors in raw CPU power with four times faster graphics and "console quality gaming." The slides, first posted by MobileTechWorld, also detail 1080p video playback on tablets and other large display devices, stereoscopic 3D capture and playback, and support for 7.1 Dolby, and a 20-megapixel camera.

All of the CPUs are expected to sample before the end of the year but don’t expect to see any products until 2012 at the earliest.

Further Reading

MobileTechWorld: Qualcomm roadmap detailed: Quad Core CPU and GPU chipsets coming later this year

Electronista: Qualcomm gives clues to next-gen Snapdragon chips

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    proton9 , April 28, 2011 11:04 PM
    do we really need quad core cpus in our mobiles? seriously?
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    Anonymous , April 28, 2011 11:06 PM
    Yes yes we do.
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    mianmian , April 28, 2011 11:11 PM
    They makes you think you need it.
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    HansVonOhain , April 28, 2011 11:11 PM
    Wow, that is some great progress in technology. I am hoping that the architecture will keep the same number of pipelines compared to 1ghz counterparts.
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    chrisb2e9 , April 28, 2011 11:14 PM
    maybe not in a cell phone but in a tablet it can come in handy.
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    killakat , April 28, 2011 11:15 PM
    proton9do we really need quad core cpus in our mobiles? seriously?


    GTFO, hata!!! This damn thing could make tablets more viable than they are now. I'm actually excited for this =D

    Killa approves.
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    rohitbaran , April 28, 2011 11:16 PM
    Well, the 75% less power sounds good. These days, smartphone battery life is between 1-2 day for average to heavy usage. Low power components are totally welcome.
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    Anonymous , April 28, 2011 11:19 PM
    No doubt Nintendo will use quadcores in their upcoming Wii(2) console, and support some real HD.
    Am expecting iPhone 6 to support two front facing cameras for 3D video and playback. This processor can see that as a reality.
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    internetlad , April 28, 2011 11:28 PM
    v4nquishYou guys remind of the Bill Gates, and I quote "640K ought to be enough for anybody." 1981


    He never said that, why do people keep quoting this?

    And as far as needing this tech in a PHONE. no.

    In a multifunction personal device with included communications then yes.

    Seriously, they should just stop calling them phones, they're not even good for making calls anymore. It's more screen than phone and they're static flat not curved to your face, last time i checked i wasn't an NES character with a perfectly flat area from my mouth to ear.
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    adamboy64 , April 28, 2011 11:35 PM
    rohitbaranWell, the 75% less power sounds good. These days, smartphone battery life is between 1-2 day for average to heavy usage. Low power components are totally welcome.


    Ah, yes indeed. With this new more efficient chip, I'd like to see a ultra efficient 1Ghz version. I want more battery life!
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    Anonymous , April 28, 2011 11:37 PM
    The real question is whether microsoft will be releasing a version of Windows Me for ARM processors. That's what I'm really waiting for.
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    cburke82 , April 28, 2011 11:45 PM
    I guess if you are playing games alot and seeing slowdown happen you may need this. Seems a bit overkill to me?
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    tntom , April 28, 2011 11:46 PM
    proton9do we really need quad core cpus in our mobiles? seriously?

    Not with what we currently use mobile devices for. But this will cause a paradigm shift in the we use these devices. Which is why their might not be a PS4 to replace the PS3. This is one of the reasons I think the NGP will follow the track that goes beyond it.
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    AidanJC , April 28, 2011 11:48 PM
    I guess this means we can finally do high quality 3D rendering on our mobile devices. Just a little over kill, even for 2012. This might be reasonable in 2014, but not next year.

    With the rate that these devices are advancing, you could buy a mobile phone one month, and the next month it would be out of date.
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    cburke82 , April 28, 2011 11:51 PM
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    Not with what we currently use mobile devices for. But this will cause a paradigm shift in the we use these devices. Which is why their might not be a PS4 to replace the PS3. This is one of the reasons I think the NGP will follow the track that goes beyond it.

    I think we are very very very far from a phone or tablet taking over the console market. Size alone is a factor. You cant replace the abbility to game on a 40+" screen with friends on a phone/tablet size screen. And then there is also the fact that no matter how much power you can pack into a phone/tablet sized interface you will always have the abbility to pack more into a console sized interface plain and simple. However with this type of tech coming out it seem possible to have your phone replace things like the Nintindo 3Ds or PSP. That would be awsome to get close to console performance on your phone without having to carry a phone and PSP :) 
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    kilo_17 , April 28, 2011 11:53 PM
    I want to see ARM move to PC's, then we can really use the quad core ARM procs.
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    milktea , April 29, 2011 12:19 AM
    Yes, my phone contract would expire by 2012. So I can get my hands on one of those quad-core. :) 
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    JerseyFirefighter , April 29, 2011 12:43 AM
    more like do we really need a 20mp camera? focus on the sensor and lens. And when the hell am I gonna be able to play crysis on my tablet?!?!
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    jednx01 , April 29, 2011 2:02 AM
    Ok that is pretty darn cool... My phone is going to be more powerful than my old windows xp computer at this rate. lol
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    saintjimmy , April 29, 2011 2:14 AM
    JerseyFirefighterAnd when the hell am I gonna be able to play crysis on my tablet?!?!


    They have OnLive for that right now, if I'm not mistaken. But to play it locally from the tablet/smartphone, I think that'll probably come within the next 5 years. Maybe Crysis 3 will be out by then!
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