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Next Snapdragon CPU: 2.5GHz, 75% Less Power

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

  • proton9
    do we really need quad core cpus in our mobiles? seriously?
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  • Yes yes we do.
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  • mianmian
    They makes you think you need it.
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  • HansVonOhain
    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
    maybe not in a cell phone but in a tablet it can come in handy.
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  • killakat
    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
    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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  • 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
    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
    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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