Devices using 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon probably won’t appear until the end of 2011


As more new rivals to Qualcomm's popular 1GHz Snapdragon chipset emerge in the form of the latest TI OMAP chips, Apple's A4, and Samsung's Hummingbird S5PC110 CPU, the company has been busy preparing the next-generation members of the Snapdragon family, the 1.2GHz dual-core MSM8260/8660 and the exciting 1.5GHz dual-core QSD8672. Previously set to ship earlier than initially expected (by Christmas), Qualcomm has reiterated that its new flagship chipset is still on track for Q4 2010 but has now added that consumers shouldn't expect to see any new devices using the third-generation Snapdragon processor until the end of 2011, more than a year away.

The 1.2GHz MSM8260/8660 is still on schedule however and should start appearing in devices during the first half of next year. This is disappointing news for processor speed merchants and power users, as it looks like the venerable first generation 1GHz QSD8250 Snapdragon (above) will be soldiering on for a while yet. With the mobile processor war getting increasingly competitive, which chipset do you think will be powering your next smartphone and/or MID?

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Jeremy To

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