Qualcomm Plans Dual Core Snapdragon Chips, Demos Unique Tablet Prototypes

Qualcomm’s 1-GHz Snapdragon chipset already powers a number of groundbreaking devices, including the Google Nexus One, HTC Evo 4G, and the upcoming Dell Streak. At Computex this week, the chipmaker announced it has begun sampling a 1.2-GHz dual core version of the popular processor so vendors can start developing smart phones and other connected devices that take advantage of the added power. Carrying the model numbers s MSM8260 (for HSPA+ devices), MSM 8660 (for CDMA devices), and QSD8670, the new chipsets will be capable of handling 1080p video, powering screens with up to 1280 x 800 resolutions, and providing stronger 3D graphics than earlier models.

The new dual-core Snapdragons are actually considered third-generation technology. The company has already been sampling a 1.3-GHz, 45-nanometer version of Snapdragon for a while now so devices based on that second-gen design are likely to hit the market before their dual-core siblings. Named the MSM8x55 and QSD8x50a, these chipsets provide added performance over current 1-GHz models.  No devices based on the second or third generation Snapdragon were demoed at Computex, but Qualcomm had some intriguing concept designs on display at its booth.Among these were the Snaptop, a tablet prototype with a detachable IR keyboard and the Huawei S7, a 7-inch Android tablet. We first saw the Snaptop at CES, but were fascinated by it once again at Computex. The S7 is new, however, sporting a unique tab-based UI. Unfortunately, according to Qualcomm, we’re unlikely to see the Snaptop come to market, but there’s still a chance for Huawei, an ODM, to sell its product to a vendor who will rebrand it.

We did a brief hands-on with these devices, which you can see below. Also, check out some French-language videos and demos of Qualcomm’s devices from our friend Olivier Seres.


Avram Piltch
Avram Piltch
The official Geeks Geek, as his weekly column is titled, Avram Piltch has guided the editorial and production of Laptopmag.com since 2007. With his technical knowledge and passion for testing, Avram programmed several of LAPTOP's real-world benchmarks, including the LAPTOP Battery Test. He holds a master’s degree in English from NYU.
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