Mobile chipset manufacturer Qualcomm has started shipping its two newest additions to the Snapdragon family, the MSM8260 and the MSM8660. Both of the processors are dual-core and are clocked at 1.2GHz with an integrated GPS and GPU that supports Open GL ES 2.0, 2D and 3D acceleration as well as Open VG 1.1 and are capable of encoding and decoding 1080p and support displays up to 1280x800 pixels. The only difference between the two chipsets is that the MSM8260 supports HSPA+ whereas the MSM8660 supports multi-mode HSPA+ and 1xEV-DO Rev. B. Qualcomm states that these two chips are headed for high-end smartphones, which will no doubt include Android devices sometime in the future (anything before the end of the year is pretty unlikely). More multicore processors are in the works for tablets and other high-end devices slated for “this year.” [via Engadget]

 

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New dual-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon chips shipping for Android devices

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... Why would you sell your laptop on ebay today based on an article about a processor that isn't going to show up in a phone until sometime next year?

The EVO is not even out yet and is starding do sound out dated LOL!!! Just kidding... getting mine on Friday at 9am!

We won't see devices with this chip until end of this year or early next.

But yeah, as soon as you buy any hot tech, it will still be outdated shortly after.

It used to be months before a device was deemed obsolete. Now its almost a week BEFORE a product launches when it deemed obsolete? Damn technology is growing/changing at a crazy fast pace.

It's nice that they are making all these advances in speed but what about the battery? It seems like double the speed means double the battery drain. (I know, I know, my math probably doesn't exactly check out, but you get the point)

This chip could actually end up using LESS battery.

First, clock speeds are often gained in sync with higher density, which means less power consumption.

Secondly, the second core can be put to sleep totally when there is nothing to do (when you are reading a web page), or the phone is asleep, but could reduce the time needed to perform operations such that when it was used it shortened overall work time.

Look at your battery stats. The thing that uses the power is the screen. On my phone its anywhere between 75 and 90 percent of battery usage goes to keeping the screen lit up.

If the faster processor means I can accomplish the same tasks in less time I will have the screen off more of the time, or I will get more use out of the phone.

Battery technology is improving all the time. You don't see it because the manufacturers have standardized on a battery just big enough to get you thru the day. As batteries improve, those improvements are plowed into better processors rather than longer run times.

Yes, I completely agree with you. One sector of industry that is way behind current technology is batteries. And not just for phones. A leap in high density energy storage could power so many technological innovations... I hope they catch on soon. Of course, your sleek, thin smartphone lasting more than a day on a single charge would be a happy side effect! :)

This is definitely cool but doesn't scream WOW either. From what I gather these dual core pieces are still Cortex A-8 based SoCs. If this is in fact the case then I wouldn't be too excited. I would hope for a Cortex A-9 based dual core in the form of the OMAP 4430/4440 before I jumped too deep into this. Now if these new parts are indeed Cortex A-9 based then WOOHOO but I will await to see the details on them.

Not true. Granted there would be a performance improvement with the additional core and clockspeed jump. The difference between that and a dual core Cortex A-9 based SoC is a HUGE difference. Again dual core Cortex A-8 will still be faster but nothing compared to a dual core Cortex A-9 based SoC.

Well my apologies, I thought you were referencing a single core A9 to a Dual-Core A8. That was were my analogy came from.

I think that Motorola Droid 2 will possibly have these new chips. I can hope. Or root and overclock. Either way I still will live.

I have had more than one talk with a guy I know who works in the latop and phone battery world. He repacks and replaces, replaces charging system in laptops, and makes charging system for people in remote areas.

Accord to him, the batteries we have now are fantastic. The problem is with the people who manufacture the mobile devices...especially in the laptop world. They cheep out on the chargers and it trashes the batteries.

So a business laptop can have a battery pack that ought to give 8 hours of serious working time. It might start out really giving you 8 hours, for a while. But it usually only takes six months use (or less) before they are damaged enough that average folk notice how much less battery time they are getting than when they bought the thing. Why?...because the battery charger is crap (in order to save money of course). The engineering design does not follow the manfactureres specs for charging the batteries. So the batteries start to lose duration...then they no longer charge as well, and then they die.

We could have mobile devices where the batteries last for a decade...and a lot of water would still be drinkable all over the world. But that would cut into profits...and besides we all get to keep buying more and more batteries supporting that part of the industry. Personally I would rather not put more nickel and lithium into landfills. They should be required to take back the batteries that go into their devices, as incentive to not make crappy chargers. I thi

I have had more than one talk with a guy I know who works in the latop and phone battery world. He repacks and replaces, replaces charging system in laptops, and makes charging system for people in remote areas.

Accord to him, the batteries we have now are fantastic. The problem is with the people who manufacture the mobile devices...especially in the laptop world. They cheep out on the chargers and it trashes the batteries.

So a business laptop can have a battery pack that ought to give 8 hours of serious working time. It might start out really giving you 8 hours, for a while. But it usually only takes six months use (or less) before they are damaged enough that average folk notice how much less battery time they are getting than when they bought the thing. Why?...because the battery charger is crap (in order to save money of course). The engineering design does not follow the manfactureres specs for charging the batteries. So the batteries start to lose duration...then they no longer charge as well, and then they die.

We could have mobile devices where the batteries last for a decade...and a lot of water would still be drinkable all over the world. But that would cut into profits...and besides we all get to keep buying more and more batteries supporting that part of the industry. Personally I would rather not put more nickel and lithium into landfills. They should be required to take back the batteries that go into their devices, as incentive to not make crappy chargers. I think they are required to do that in Germany.

the chargers in the phones and laptops suck. They do not regulate the power correctly as the manufactureres tend to cut corners on the quality of the charging circuitry./

He lied to you. Lion batteries, like all sources of DC power, output less over time because as the materials are used, their physical properties change. Eventually, they change so far out of spec that they can no longer supply power at the level needed by whatever device they are powering. Your car battery is an excellent example, check the pH of the electrolyte tomorrow, then check it again in 6 months. As long as the charger you're using is UL (or CE) approved, and outputs the correct voltage, the overlimit protection and voltage regulation will be just fine for your battery. Electrons are electrons, the name on the plastic housing has no bearing.

My upgrade isn't for another 14 months, so I can't wait to see what they have in 14 months! Moto Droid OC'd to 1.2Ghz is fine with me, for now.

It is completely insane how fast this technology is evolving...I just tried an EVO over the weekend and all I have to say is WOW. I am coming from an old w580i sony ericsson DUMB phone...I've been waiting for something unavoidably awesome just like the EVO to come out as I refuse to purchase apple products...

Needless to say I should own an Evo before the week is out....