As Motorola readies their newest headset based on the TI OMAP 3640 (the Droid X), Qualcomm has just begun shipping its dual-core Snapdragon processors to its hardware partners.
Qualcomm's MSM8260 and MSM8660 are the first dual-core Snapdragon processors, and we expect to see them in phones starting in late 2010. Each core is rumored to run at 1.2ghz under a 45nm process, setting the stage for some serious power for the next generation smartphone. The new processors will have the ability to utilize HSPA+ (T-Mobile's high-speed 3G), playback and encode 1080p video, and support 1280x800 WVGA displays, as well as perhaps support a more powerful GPU (compared tothe AMD z430 found in current Snapdragon chipsets)
AndroidandMe.com believes that HTC may see these chips first, as it had first dibs on the Snapdragons for their Nexus One. This is as good a speculation as any, considering HTC's top competitor Motorola has seemed to ally itself with Texas Instruments, and have yet to use a Qualcomm CPU in its latest smartphones.
Will we see this in the newest rumored smartphone, the HTC Sabor? Or does this have something to do with T-Mobile's Project Emerald? We'll just have to wait and see.
Interesting to note here, there is no mention of 4G (LTE or WiMax) support on these CPUs, which will lend to the notion we may see these first chips in a T-Mobile smartphone.
Also remember, Motorola's CEO Sanjay Jha has anticipates a 2ghz Motorola phone by the end of 2010.
More specifics about the upcoming Dual-Core Snapdragons (thanks to Androidandme.com):
So, what do you guys think? Will HTC see these chips first, and if so, are they one-upping Motorola and other Android handset makers here? T-Mobile going to get serious about Android? Let us know!The MSM8260 and MSM8660 solutions for mobile handsets deliver a new level of mobile multimedia performance, including:
- Scorpion 1.2 GHz processor and 600 MHz DSP for high levels of web application and multimedia performance
- Support for innovative 3D/2D user interfaces and console-quality gaming via dedicated, high-performance graphics engines
- 16 megapixel camera
- Full 1080p HD video playback and recording
- Support for DTS/Dolby 5.1 surround sound
- Integrated Assisted-GPS, including support for Glonass satellite services
- Support for stunning 24-bit WXGA (1280 x 800) displays
- 45nm process technology for ultra-low power consumption
Here's the original Qualcomm Press Release: http://www.qualcomm.com/news/releases/2010/06/01/qualcomm-ships-first-dual-cpu-snapdragon-chipset