For a while now one of the biggest MWC rumors has been that HTC will bring a new quad-core Android phone powered by Nvidia’s Tegra 3 chip set. This will be the first time that HTC has swayed from their long term relationship with Qualcomm and their SnapDragon processors for Android devices.
So what’s Qualcomm bringing to MWC. Well Qualcomm’s Vice President of Product Management, Raj Talluri may have rubbed some folks the wrong way when he announced they wouldn’t be bringing any ready for market devices with Qualcomm’s quad-core SnapDragon processor. He did say there may be some conceptual designs but nothing that will be available anytime soon.
So do we write Qualcomm off right now for MWC? Heck no!
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Qualcomm has announced that they will show off their new 8960 chip set. This new dual core chip set features integrated LTE. This is a big step in the right direction for 4G/LTE Android devices as the LTE radio is often to blame for their less than stellar battery life. On the 8960 chip set the apps processor will share resources with the radio. This will save major battery life.
“All of the LTE devices out there today use separate modems and use separate radios,” Talluri said. “With integrated LTE we’ll see significant improvements in power efficiency.”
Talluri hinted that there may be a conceptual device using Qualcomm’s 8064 SnapDragon processor. This processor is different than the Nvidia offering because it doesn’t require all four cores to power up to full speed when activated and they can be utilized as necessary. The first devices featuring the 8064 chip set won’t ship until the second half of 2012.
The Qualcomm APQ8064 was introduced last year at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. After a year there are still no devices ready to ship. However, there is a chance that some of Qualcomm’s customers will show off prototypes of devices with Qualcomm quad-core processors.