Qualcomm has taken their sweet time getting their first mobile dual-core Snapdragon processor into devices, but the added time could result in an extra boost in performance and more power savings. In the latest post on the Qualcomm OnQ blog, Graphics Product Manager Brent Sammons says that their new Adreno 220 graphics processor “offers twice the performance of the GPU in other leading dual-core ARM9-based chips.”
To showcase the console quality graphics that Adreno 220 can produce, Qualcomm is sharing a teaser video for Desert Winds produced by Swedish studio Southern Interactive. The game demo is the same one that Qualcomm showed me at CES and Mobile World Congress, but it has looked a little better each time I have seen it.
Qualcomm says they will continue to promote Desert Winds as a flagship game in order to show off the advanced capabilities of the Adreno 220 GPU and improve it “with more 3D effects, smoother stereoscopic HD gaming, market-leading performance, and industry leading power-efficient 3D graphics.”
We have yet see the first Android smartphone to include a dual-core Snapdragon, but that should finally change by the end of this month when CTIA is held in Orlando. Hopefully HTC will surprise us and announce the Pyramid for multiple carriers.
I’m glad to see Qualcomm is continuing to promote their Snapdragon brand and focus on more premium content for their devices. They say over 100 games are optimized for Snapdragon and Adreno graphics and I hope we see them showcase them in a program similar to NVIDIA’s Tegra Zone.
Check out the teaser video below and let us know what you think. I suggest visiting YouTube and watching it in the full 1080p because that’s what new games could look like on a dual-core Snapdragon device when it’s docked to your high-definition TV.
How do you think the Adreno 220 GPU will stack up with the competition?