So now that Qualcomm has Snapdragon 1 GHz chips in some mainstream devices such as the HTC HD2 and Nexus One, it’s time to look down the road at what’s coming next. It can only go up from here, right? Right. We just learned that Qualcomm SVP of product management has confirmed that not one, but TWO new Snapdragons are coming before New Years Eve 2010, maxing out at 1.5 GHz.
The first processor is called the Snapdragon 8X50A, clocked at 1.3 GHz and is basically a 45nm version of the current Snapdragon. This chip will be sent out to manufacturers at the end of this month. Keep in mind, however, that this doesn’t mean they’ll be available in phones that soon; it just means that manufacturers can begin designing their devices around these processors and creating prototypes, so don’t expect new devices with this chip until the second half of 2010.
(Above pictures are of the current Snapdragon)
The follow-up to the 8X50A is called the 8X72, and is far more exciting as it will be a dual-core chip with two 1.5 GHz Scorpion cores included. This is also going to see the light of day before the end of 2010, though we don’t know whether that means it will actually be in phones or if that just means manufacturers will have it at that time. Regardless, this chip will be available for smartphones and smartbooks, and will be capable of 1080p HD resolution. Not too shabby; we can’t wait what features devices will have in store for us for CES 2011!
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