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Feb 22, 2012

New Snapdragon Chip With Integrated LTE Will Save Your Battery

Qualcomm's next-generation system-on-a-chip is set to turn up inside consumer devices at the Mobile World Congress—and judging by its rumored speed and integrated LTE technology, it could cause quite a stir.

Qualcomm has announced that the new chip—MSM8960, or Snapdragon S4 to its friends—will debut in several handsets next week in Barcelona. Whilst only dual-core, the exciting news is that Qualcomm has been able to roll LTE connectivity into the chip.

Currently, phones have a separate LTE processor that both adds bulk and kills battery performance. An integrated system should help alleviate those issues by sharing resources.

AnandTech has also had an opportunity to benchmark the new processor, and the results look promising, with the chip trumping the highest results from any currently shipping devices by a factor of two. In real-world tests, they found that compared to a Galaxy Nexus, the Snapdragon S4 helped reduce web page loading times by 0.3 seconds with the cache disabled or 1.4 seconds with it turned on. That is massive.

Qualcomm is planning to launch a quad-core version of the processor too, which should be interesting.

8 comments:

YeamieWaffles said...

Great news! Improved batteries are never a bad thing considering how irritating battery that runs out quickly can be quite often.

crowbloke said...

i`m impressed. power consumption, or lack of it, is the goal. with a bit of luck we will have mobile phones that dont need a battery - eventually.

MynameisEarl said...

This brings great promise to new and resource and battery heavy phones of today. I remember when I had my old Nokia and the battery wouldn't die until 4 days later (granted that I didn't use it for anything).

Now if only my Sony Ericsson could get this...

sm said...

quad core will be interesting

Adam said...

Smartphones would be smart to use it

alhexblog Spot said...

Wow! Amazing and really impressivE!

G said...

I've got an old phone I take to festivals...it does nothing fancy other than calls and texts. Fully charged it lasts 12 days, its awesome.

Zyu said...

It's gonna become big!