Qualcomm

Chip-maker Qualcomm has announced its next generation Snapdragon chipsets, including a beastly quad-core part by the name of APQ8064 which will run at up to 2.5 GHz. APQ8064 is based on Qualcomm's new 28nm "Krait" micro-architecture, and also includes an Adreno 320 quad-core GPU.

The manufacturer says APQ8064 chipsets will deliver up to 12 times the CPU performance of the original Snapdragon and up to 15 times the GPU performance of the original Adreno, while reducing power consumption. Qualcomm likens the performance of the APQ8064's Adreno 320 to that of the current generation of games consoles. This extra horsepower will allow the chipset to power higher-resolution displays and handle 3D playback and recording, and Qualcomm will be targeting it at next-generation mobile devices.

Other new chipsets include the single-core MSM8930 and the dual-core MSM8960. The MSM8930 includes an integrated LTE modem and will be aimed at mainstream smartphones, while its dual-core sibling will appear in "multi-tasking smartphones and tablets".

Qualcomm says samples of MSM8930 and APQ8064 chipsets will be available in early 2012, while samples of the dual-core MSM8960 will emerge in the second quarter of this year. [PRNewswire]

 
There are 34 comments

onixblack says:

Please let the HTC tablet wait until 2012. Please....

JohnnyKat says:

Holy Cow!!
Sign me up!! EVO2 PLEASE!!

findammar says:

Not going to lie, htc crapped on us when they gave the inspire and thunderbolt single core chip.. this quad core stuff is what they need.. go htc sense..

nivlac978 says:

Quad core? Weak. Where's the hexa cores?

Jjpp23 says:

I'm holding out for the decacores.. :p

ZDriver says:

EVO 2 EVO 2 EVO 2. PLEASE!!!!

These chips still don't. Compare to 3 core Xbox. Sorry. 3 chips at 3 gightz a piece. This guy is smoking crack

trenen says:

I love technology...but all these cores and processor speeds for a PHONE are getting little ridiculous. I mean, seriously...what's the point of a quad core (even dual) for a PHONE? Tablets - awesome...phones - overkill. And HD processing?? A small screen can only show so much! Again, these kinds of specs are awesome for tablets.

ChrisFricke says:

BTW you sound like this: "What's the point of all this hardware? No one will ever need more than 640kb of RAM."

trenen says:

Thanks for your opinion, it's changed my life. You should get into preaching in a church!

I made a very valid statement. What is the point of such massive technology in a phone? Is that so difficult to answer? A phone screen can only display so many colors and can only be so large, and the eye can only see so much data. What's the point in such crazy processors? You're not running a full-fledged OS. You're not designing pieces of art or coding complex programs. You're not editing videos and building special effects. You make phone calls, read and write emails, stream music, and maybe play some games end edit and compose some Word documents. How does any of that require a quad-core processor or greater that starts rivaling desktop power?

ChrisFricke says:

Your question is valid. I never said it wasn't. My answer is also valid. The point being that imagination and ingenuity will always push what is current and overkill into outdated and obsolete. We will be doing things with these devices next year that most haven't even thought of yet.

I've been working with enterprise technology since the early 90's and have seen many trends come and go but the pace of mobility (long overdue IMO) is maddening. It's creating some serious challenges at the office and I love it. I could go on and on but I don't want to be preachy... :)

In the end, if all you do is make calls, stream some music, and play a few games then you probably don't need any more hardware or bandwidth than what was available last year. If you can see beyond where we are today, however, and imagine the little smartphone being much more than what it is, the reality of hardware capabilities catching up to the imagination is pretty darn exciting.

svinyard says:

Dude, you didn't pose a question. You made a statement saying "Who needs all this wild hardware for a phone". That statement makes you sir,...wait for it...a douche. I thank you

It's like saying "My gf gives me a b0ner, why would I EVER want to be with a hotter girl???".

Now don't try to be smart with some half-wit comment that no one likes. You are on a damn Android, geeky forum with hordes of people who want nothing more than more powerful hard for improved gaming, HD mirroring, advanced software and capabilities than we have yet dreamed up for AOSP.

trenen says:

"what's the point of a quad core (even dual) for a PHONE?"

That, by the rules of English, is a question. Only thing I got from your response is you're an asshole. Anyone care to actually justify why so much power is needed for a PHONE?

svinyard says:

QFT

"Now don't try to be smart with some half-wit comment that no one likes. You are on a damn Android, geeky forum with hordes of people who want nothing more than more powerful hard for improved gaming, HD mirroring, advanced software and capabilities than we have yet dreamed up for AOSP."

BTW you already got pwned by the Bill Gates comment.

trenen says:

"pwned"

Wow...glad there are brite people like you to educate people. The future of the world looks astonishing!

svinyard says:

*face palm*

So let me get this straight, I'M the idiot right? Lol, classic.

Aren't you the guy who "asks" why do we need better hardware. Obviously you are inept. The article lays this out for you EXTREMELY clearly. However, much like your lovers *man parts* its over your head.

Summation:

"This extra horsepower will allow the chipset to power higher-resolution displays and handle 3D playback and recording, and Qualcomm will be targeting it at next-generation mobile devices."

Also reducing power consumption. Yeah...I'm the idiot that wants all of this and can comprehend a paragraph.

Oh and yes I'm very "brite" lol...wasn't it you who tried to get all Grammer School a minute ago. Your killing me smalls. Make fun of me saying pwned again. Cracking me up.

voiceonly says:

You need the extra cores to call people that are farther away? :)

goblueboy says:

i don't need to call people, its just a bonus.

Simple, faster and more powerful technology gives people a better experience with their device. Faster processor with improved graphics will open a door to better games and improve the performance of graphic-intensive applications. It will also improve performance of the device overall since a faster processor can deal with more applications at the same time. From what I've read, multi-core processors also improve battery life since they share the workload between cores. Recording video in full HD will look better on the big screen - TV or computer monitor, I think thats what its meant for. So you can record something and present it to others or yourself in full detail. You won't notice it on the phone but it'll definitely show on a bigger screen.

Take my example, while playing Grand Theft Auto 4 on my computer, the game sometimes runs like a slideshow. When I have Chrome or Firefox, Winamp, & Picasa running at the same time, my computer lags when I switch between applications. And all that lag is because I have a Pentium 4 dual-core, 2 gigs of DDR2 RAM, and a GeForce 9500 video card. It still runs all the things I need, but an upgrade wouldn't hurt. Now if I had an i7 quad-core, with 6 gigs of DDR3 RAM, and lets say a GTX-480 video card, I'm sure it would handle any and all the things I can throw at it with no problem.

droidgeek says:

Damn that's one fast processor. It just keeps getting better and better. There's no end to this madness but I'm liking it!

ChrisFricke says:

"12 times the CPU performance of the original Snapdragon and up to 15 times the GPU performance of the original Adreno, while reducing power consumption"

So what exactly do I need a PC for again?

Take that hardware with Atrix peripherals on a proper 4G network and guess what... I don't. June 2012 is going to be very exciting for me :)

d1ez3 says:

These are ARM processors, not x86. Completely different you can't compare them like that based on clock speed and cores, though they are getting closer to pc performance each year, they are nothing compared to intels top processors.

lds710 says:

We will all be dead by june 2012

voiceonly says:

Nope, we still have 6 more months, December 21, 2012 is when the world shits-the-bed

Shut up Ids710 you muslim

lds710 says:

Im a jew you inferior maggot!

carraser891 says:

*tosses laptop out window*

THE NEXT nexus...better be quad core or else they failed...

they should set the standard for phones for the rest of the year again..like the did with the nexus one

nexus S was a fail(sort of) don't get me wrong it's a good phone
but anyone remotely tech saavy can see it's not enough of an upgrade from anything else that is already out//coming out.

i am still waiting for a google experience phone to replace my n1....

EDIT:ok well maybe not quadcore...but it needs to be the standard for the next 6 months at least

not even 6 months since nexus s came out...dual core phones start coming...FAIL

GQ50 says:

Wow can't wait..

joshua.worth says:

Nice

leeznon says:

What should I do?
Should I get the Moto Xoom or wait one year for a much faster (laptop like) device?
What should I do?
Should I buy the Xoom, enjoy it for a year, then sell it for a beastly future device?
What should I do?
Should I buy what my heart desires or hold out for a year?
What should I do?

-Lebron "King" James

hoosiercub says:

Tegra-what? LULZ

heraldo says:

This is so hott!

msgnyc says:

I would like to see some duo core snapdragons before i hear them talking up quad core snapdragon cpus honestly.................