Jul 25 AT 10:57 AM Taylor Wimberly 25 Comments

Qualcomm again shows off quad-core CPU, expected in devices later this year

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If you want to see what kind of power future Android devices will be packing, check out these latest benchmark scores from Qualcomm’s upcoming quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro. Qualcomm invited us to check out their new tablet mobile development platform featuring the upcoming APQ8064 chip, but we were unable to make it. Thankfully Anand Shimpi and Brian Klug of Anandtech were on hand to run the device through its paces.

The Snapdragon S4 Pro (APQ8064) is very similar to the Snapdragon S4 found in the US versions of the HTC One series and Samsung Galaxy S III, but it features four Krait CPU cores instead of two and it includes the newer Adreno 320 GPU.

After testing the new Snapdragon S4 Pro Anand wrote, “Overall Adreno 320 looks to be a good step forward in performance, although still a bit slower than the latest and greatest from Imagination Technologies [found in the new iPad]. Compared to what everyone else is shipping in Android based tablets/smartphones however, Adreno 320 is easily the new king of the hill.”

Considering these are early benchmarks on development hardware, the results are looking pretty good for Qualcomm. Graphics performance appears to have doubled from the Adreno 225 found in the current Snapdragon S4, and in GLBenchmark it was found to be “72% faster than NVIDIA’s fastest Tegra 3.”

Qualcomm and Bsquare also announced that the new Mobile Development Platform (MDP/T) for Android tablets based on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 Pro Processor is now available for developers to purchase for $1,299.

Several handset makers including HTC and LG are rumored to be working on smartphones that will feature the Snapdragon S4 Pro, but most of the details are still a mystery. However, we still expect to see some devices with Qualcomm’s new quad-core CPU in stores by the end of the year.

The latest generation of mobile chips is already good enough for the current apps and games, so it will be interesting to see what kinds of new experiences the handset makers will enable. Qualcomm seems to think that augmented reality apps will start to gain popularity, and I think the faster GPUs will enable mobile devices to drive higher resolution displays.

What kinds of experiences would you like to see with the next wave of faster mobile processors?

Via: Anandtech

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