It’s not only smartphone manufacturers that fight for the top spot- for example, chip manufacturers like Nvidia and Qualcomm are also fighting to be the top smartphone’s best friend.
So far, it’s looking like the Snapdragon chips by Qualcomm are taking a strong lead, with devices such as the Galaxy S4 using the 600 model, and the planned Galaxy Note 3 rumored to be using a more powerful Snapdragon 800. So far Nvidia’s Tegra 4 devices are either nonexistent or still in pre-release stages.
Qualcomm isn’t stopping while they are ahead though- there are already plans to feature the Snapdragon 800 in many Windows RT 8.1 devices, including both netbooks and tablets, as well as transforming devices.
Perhaps a newly refined RT 8.1 update along with a powerful Snapdragon 800 processor will be enough of an incentive for customers to go out and purchase a Windows device over an Android or Apple device.
The problem is, right now we have no idea when these new RT 8.1 devices will reach customers- will it be before the end of the year? It is quite likely, but when that actually is, is hard to tell right now.