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Qualcomm Reveals Plans For Next-Gen 2.5GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon Processors

Dual-core is so yesterday, it’s all about the quad-core processors in this day and age. While most of the news surrounding the new processors has been about NVIDIA’s Kal-El, Qualcomm has announced plans for it’s own quad-core processing beasts.

The next generation Snapdragon processors would be clocked as high as 2.5GHz in single, dual and quad cores. The S4 class chipset will also offer Adreno Graphics, 3D, 1080p HD, as well as supporting 3G and LTE connectivity as standard. These beastly processors will be available to manufactories by the end of the year, with devices hitting the market by the start of 2012.

I can’t wait for CES and MWC, now let’s hope battery innovators can come up with something “juicy”.

Via: Pocket-Lint

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  • Dylan Hageman

    We need those effing screens that recharge the battery already. I read that in the Wall Street Journal the other day, sounds bad ass and it might be a couple years away….

  • Skates8690

    Holy [email protected]!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Now for the endless question: Do I upgrade in November and get a dual-core phone or do I continue to wait a few more months?

    • Few more months? Quad core devices won’t be in stores for at least 6-8 months. Have to go through fcc, etc.

    • 1loudls

      why stop then, if you wait a few more months, quad cores will be right around the corner

      • 1loudls

        and then hexicores will be along shortly after

        • 1loudls

          dont forget about octacores

  • CreeDiddy

    I keep going back to this…

    If the software is not optimized to the speed of the processors, what good is having a faster processor in which you are still geting lag? That is my biggest complaint with Android OS. iOS can use a single core 800Mhz processor and still home screens and software optimization is still smoother. I want a smooth browsing experience, in which I don’t get this with my current TB! Only the Samsung Galaxy S2 is getting closer. HTC, Motorola, LG are getting this all wrong. I use LanucherPro and BoatBrowser, in which are 3rd party apps, that are much better than anything stock on Android. 

    By the way, I am a Former Droid Owner, Current TB Owner, Former iPad 1 and iPad 2, and Current HP TouchPad owner. So I am diversed in my knowledge of all OS’s.

    Android if you here listening….”Get ICS optimized without lag!!!”

    • brullj666

      I’m glad that you mentioned this, CreeDiddy, I feel exactly the same way about the lag, judder, and stuttering (not to mention occasional freezing) which I encounter on my Android phone regularly. It’s very annoying, especially when this is the experience on a “premium” Droid device (Samsung Droid Charge, in my case). 

      Now, recently on another site, I read a very interesting explanation offered by a software developer as to why Android screen drawing/redrawing stutters and lags as it does, whereas iOS does not. Apparently, it all is due to the underlying software design and image generation in Android, in that for each change all of the screen data is entirely redrawn via instruction rather than using vector images. I believe that this is why greater processor speeds and more RAM improve the functionality, but do not cure the problem. *Note*: I am not a software designer, nor a programmer – this is what I read, written by someone seemingly knowledgeable on the subject. I would love to know if this is a correct interpretation as to the source of some of the scrolling/stuttering/redrawing quality issues.As to all of the partisan-crazy debate constantly going on here and other tech sites about the ‘validity,’  ‘value,’ and ‘openness’ of one mobile OS vs. another (which shall remain nameless, lest the villagers come running with the flaming brands, shouting, ‘burn the witch!’) — I really don’t care which multi-national corporation manufactures my phone, or designs the software — as long as they do a damn good job. Especially when we’re expected to fork over major dollars for a ‘smart’ phone purportedly running cutting-edge software and possessing ‘premium’ hardware features (like LTE radio, or a dual-core processor). Despite the issues, I like my Android phone — but I’m frustrated with the slow software updates, bugs, and, oh, yes, wondering why crappy Pantech phone is being released with the latest version of Android when my ‘Droid’ Charge is still on 2.2 (and there’s no mention of an expected update anywhere – only that the ‘Charge’ may soon be replaced by the ‘Prime’! You can guess what that would mean for any future Charge updates!).I know that I’m of a differing opinion to many here, but I do not believe that I (or anyone) should need to overhaul my phone’s software just in order to have a dependable and smooth phone OS experience. Now, if I choose to do so for my own entertainment – great. My point is that no premium smartphone user should expect that his or her phone will run sub-optimally or poorly until he re-flashes the phone and works out the bugs.

      • So true.

      • Anonymous

        Taking a step back you are right on.  People shouldn’t have to come to tech blog to find out which phone can achieve the basics in a polished manner when they are picking up a $200+ phone billed as flagship.  Hopefully ICS straightens the basics out.

  • En28so

    Sounds like my next phone will be a quadcore beast, since my next upgrade will be on Aug 2012, right before the world ends. At least I’ll have a couple of months to play with it. Lol. Happy with my DROIDX for now

  • too bad they don’t have the ultra-lightweight-triple-quad-core specs up there, i’m guessing that’s for tomorrow

  • Jojo

    glad i decided to wait till next year and not do the big red promo early upgrade. hells yeah_

  • Soto619

    Devs need to polish the android UI first. Sleeck and sexy is the way to be.

    • KevinC

      that doesn’t have anything to do with this article.  be quiet.

      • He is entitled to say whatever he wants, you have no right to silence him

        • John

          But he does have the right to tell him he’s a quack

  • BC

    Can we come up with a new word to use besides beast, beastly etc…  Not that it is a bad word, just getting tiresome.  It is becoming Droid Life’s version of Apple’s magic/magical.

  • LionStone

    Oh yea! Here we go…! 🙂

  • John

    28nm tech should help with battery life.. It’s pretty obvious that battery tech isn’t going to keep up with Moore’s law, so lower power consumption should be, and is, the current goal.  

  • Jimdorky

    Where is the battery dev?? They should start one to compete the hungry of these powerful cpu’s!!

    • palomosan

      Agree man, we some freaking solar batteries in our phones, that we never run out of battery.

    • Anonymous

      I’m waiting for them to implement the “charging via tapping” idea.

  • MY. GOD.

  • Seeing that battery life is the bane to most android users, I would easily pay $350 or $400 for a device that lasted for 2 days.

    • Anonymous

      If there was a way to do it without making the phone the size of a tablet they would. Unfortunately, the reality of it is there are many people working on battery technology for many fields and there just hasn’t been a break through yet.

      So the next best thing is to give people what they want and then push to optimize it for lower power consumption

  • Anonymous

    Just wondering, can someone tell me one thing they do on there phone that needs a 1GHZ Dual Core+ speed?

    • Nothing does, facebook, twitter and Angry birds dont need it at all. Continuing to make the hardware more powerful doesn’t improve the software issue with Android

    • John

      gaming.  even now, and especially in the near future. 

  • Earleepa

    HTC runnymede?

  • Anonymous

    I cant wait for devices other than smartphones to start incorporating these 

    • like what? laptops and desktops already run i7 or xenon processors which destroy all of these

      • Anonymous

        but i bet these use less power, besides eventually these will surpass desktop/laptop processors all together 

        • they will never bypass desktop/laptop because of heat and power constraints on mobile devices. sure eventually mobile processors will be faster than current cpu but desktop cpu are getting faster as well. 

          • Anonymous

            The eventuality is that laptops will have the fastest processors, simply because of physical limitations of smaller portable devices(such as overheating) and that desktops are becoming almost obsolete for the on the go user. Because mobile tech is so big it will eventually simply out “strings attached” devices… However the current market is in the smallest and most portable devices, thus for the short term they will start having the most powerful chipset. On the long term, larger devices (like laptops) will have a similar (but slightly slower) rise in power.

            In short, it is not what is the most capable or is the best that determine what comes next, but rather what is the most profitable.  

          • 1loudls

            desktops will never go away, and will always be the most powerful consumer computing device, sure some laptops are pretty close to the performance  of a a real gaming rig, but even if you do have a ROG or an Area 51 laptop, they can be a lot to haul around, and their battery is going to last for crap when you grinding out 3D renderings of cad files and things that need that kind of resources. when it comes to true power, you cant beat the constant uninterruptable supply of power that comes from those little holes in the wall

          • John

            choosn2change, you are crazy.  PCs are not even remotely in the same universe as becoming obsolete, and desktop/server processors will outpace mobile processors until the point where they will be one in the same.

  • Anonymous

    Yours for the low price of 399.99 and 20 ounces of orphan tears on a 15 year contract.

    • Anonymous

      no you heard them wrong, its orphan ears…. but the good news is they will likely give us a 15 cent rebate rofl

      • and your first born child 

  • Anonymous

    These 2.5 ones are supposed to use 60% less power than todays. You guys made post about that when we first got the news of these beasts.

  • holy shit… thats faster than many desktops today… 0_o

    • Anonymous

      Werd, pretty sure my parents new desktop is a 2.5 quad core and it is amazingly fast.

      I feel like a tech bum. I keep up with all the technology but I still have a dual 1.6 GHz laptop a single 3.0 GHz desktop and a 600 MHz phone…

      • lol i have an asus transformer, a decent self-built desktop… but im still rocking a g1 xD

    • Anonymous

      Yes and no. Yes, it processes more instructions per second, hence the higher “hertz.” However, no, the overall device is not necessarily “faster.” See, the instruction set available to be used on mobile device CPUs is much smaller, so complex tasks can actually take longer because what might only require one cycle on a broader instruction set may require many more cycles on the smaller set. 

      This is why RISC (reduced instruction-set computing, e.g. ARM) has always been able to achieve much higher raw CPU frequencies than CISC (complex instruction set computing, e.g. x86), but not necessarily vastly superior performance except in those situations highly optimized for it. 

      • snapdragonFan

        To further clarify, IPS(instructions per second) = IPC(instructions per cycle) x Frequency(cycles per second).  The IPC can vary between two different processors running the same code, i.e. ARM vs AR or x86 vs x86 , as well as two different processors running code that produces the same results, i.e.  ARM vs x86.  IPC is not affected by frequency, its determined by the design of the processor.  Smarter processor designers means better IPC.   RISC generally allows for lower power processors due to reasons compwagon stated.  Also it should be noted that a desktop computer will burn in the range of 10’s of watts, possible into the 100’s(don’t crucify me if my numbers are wrong, they are meant as an example), while those in mobile phones burn a fraction of that.  What allows your desktop to run at the same frequency and thus easily outperform the mobile phone processors is the increase in the voltage the processor receives, and the composition of the circuits on the chip.  The higher the voltage, the higher the frequency can be with the added expense of extra power burn, also all circuits that perform the same task aren’t made equal, a circuit can be created to burn more power in order to allow more logic to occur between each clock cycle and vice versa.   If your desktop where to run at the same power consumption as a mobile phone(given it be possible), it is likely your mobile phone would outperform your desktop due to the reduction in frequency required to satisfy the laws of physics going on within the circuits.

  • Zach

    Battery innovators? not any time soon it seems.