The biggest and beefiest mobile processors on phones right now are of the quad-core variety. They came up so fast, that it makes you wonder what the future holds. Could we see six-core or eight-core chips? How about a 48-core chip? Don't scoff. Apparently "Chipzilla" themselves, Intel is working on this right now and anticipate them coming to market sometime within the next five to ten years. Here's a quote with some additional info:
It's amazing to witness the near exponential growth of technology. Perhaps in 50-100 years we won't be able to tell the difference between a carbon-based brain and a silicon-based one.Intel is already visualizing that and it sees 48-core processors powering both smartphones and tablets. That's twelve times as many as there are in a high-end chip available today! Needless to say, having so many cores on a single piece of silicon would allow smartphones and tablets to handle CPU-intensive tasks with ease by splitting the workload. For example, if someone is watching a high-resolution video, each frame could be decoded by an individual core. Advanced tasks that currently require processing to be offloaded to a computer in the cloud will be performed offline. All the while, Intel promises that such chips will be energy efficient.