Qualcomm’s CEO, Paul Jacobs, has confirmed today that the company is working on a 1.5 GHz mobile processor that will power the smartphones and tablets of tomorrow. The chip will be commercially available in the first quarter of 2011. A 1.2 GHz version of the processor is also expected to show up in next year’s gadgets.
These statements were made during the Innovation Qualcomm event in London.
But don’t expect smartphones powered by Qualcomm’s 1.5 GHz chip any time soon. It will be available for phone manufacturers in early 2011, and from then on it may be a few more months until the devices it will power will hit the streets. Though we may see some announcements of devices sporting this processor during Mobile World Congress 2011, which will take place in February in Barcelona.
As for the 1.2 GHz chip, the information offered is even more ambiguous. The only sure thing is that at some point during 2011, we will see 1.2 and 1.5 GHz processors in commercially available smartphones and tablets.
Which, strangely, appears to be quite the delay from what Qualcomm’s SVP of product management said back in January. That announcement indicated that 1.5 GHz and 1.3 GHz Snapdragon processors will be available (to OEMs, not to you and me) before the end of this year.
So it looks like development of the next generation of top of the line Qualcomm mobile processors might have been delayed by about one quarter, for one reason or another.
Either way, it will be refreshing to see any mobile device go above the now-standard (for the high-end) 1 GHz frequency, regardless of when that will happen.
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