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Qualcomm roadmap leaks, expect dual-core Krait soon, quad-core in 2013

The Qualcomm roadmap for the next few years has leaked out, putting a time frame on the chips they announced last February.  According to the leak, we should expect dual-core LTE, HSPA, and HSPA+ chips clocked anywhere from 1.5 GHz to 1.7 GHz to be in the hands of manufacturers late in Q3 of this year, with the Adreno 225 GPU on board.  Come Q3 of next year, we should see the budget version start to make it's way into phones and other connected devices, with a Adreno 305 GPU and a bit lower (1.0-1.2GHz) clock speeds.

The "big deal," and what many are waiting for, are the quad-core Krait systems, complete with an Adreno 320 to push out 1080p video at 60 fps, and clock speeds in the 2 GHz and up range.  We won't get to see those until early 2013 though.  Of course, this is all subject to change -- if there's anything we all have learned from leaks, it's that they often don't hold true.  They will arrive when they arrive, and I think we will love them.

Source: MobileTechWorld; via Engadget

Update: Image and links removed at Qualcomm's request

Jerry Hildenbrand
Jerry Hildenbrand

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  • Can't wait for those 5ghz hexacores :P
  • Meanwhile, Nvidia are launching their 1440p playing quadcore chips in about.....2-3 months from now
  • Yeah sorry to say but Qualcomm is way behind their competition. Their current dualcore chips are still based on ARM Cortex A8 architecture while the rest of the competition's are A9 based.
  • You are wrong its not A8 or A9
  • Actually you are wrong. The MSM8260/8660 are both based on a Cortext A8, eventhough it's close to an A9 than an A8. If you compare it to others like the Tegra 2 that was released a few months ago, the Senation/EVO 3D run slower.
    That's why the Galalxy S II is so much faster than the Sensation/EVO 3D, because it's not only an A9, but an enhanced A9 clocked at 1.2ghz.
  • snapdragon is based on the arm v7 instruction however unlike other socs it is designed entirely by qualcomm, to say that it is based on a8 or a9 is misleading. Now i'm definitely not saying that it is better than an A9 soc. If you are curious I urge you to find detailed spec sheets to compare snapdragon with both A8 and A9 (and just because it is a 13 stage cpu does not mean it is an A8)
  • Qualcomm does bad in benchmarks compared to others(i know that does mean much)but performance is bad on sensation compared to the galaxy S2, g2x, etc, i can see why Google decided to use Samsung decided to use Texas Instruments for the new Nexus, or so that is how the rumor goes.
  • i dont want to come off as a qualcomm fanboy because i'm not a looser, but if you go look at the multiple benchmarks on anandtech rather than just quadrant and smartbench then you will see that snapdragon does not do bad in benchmarks
  • yeah i know what you mean, but that is why i said it does not really matter, and i also talked about performance
  • i think most performance issues on android phones are software related
  • I concur
  • I don't trust anandtech that much anymore. Some of their benchmarks are based on unfinished products. The bottom line is that when you run any benchmark you can see how other chips pull more fps than the current sanpdragons. I belive the reviewer from Phonedog said that the Sensation didn't feel like a dual core, but just a fast single core. You can blame it on the UI, or pixels, but at the end of the day it seems like Qualcomm is behind the competition.
  • I agree Aaron from phonedog said that the SG2 feels like a dual core since tthe sensation has lag and does not run as smooth as g2x,sg2,etc
  • Isn't the sg2 dual core?
  • Tegra 8 core is supposed to hit tablets by the end of next year, quad core tegras already coming out this holiday season
  • I hope my OG Droid will last until 2013 (although if the leak says 2013 that probably really means the end of 2014).
  • Not to geek out here, but isn't it spelled 'Krayt'?