Jun 10 AT 12:08 PM Taylor Wimberly 35 Comments

Can Motorola actually deliver a 2-GHz smartphone this year?

Motorola shipped 2.3 million smartphones in Q1, but their goal is to move 12-14 million by the end of the year. They remain on track to launch at least 20 models, with eight out the door so far, so we still have a dozen new smartphones on the way. Co-CEO Sanjay Jha said on Wednesday that two to four of those phone will feature front facing cameras and now rumors are flying that Motorola might produce a 2 GHz superduperphone phone by the end of 2010.

The news of a 2 GHz smartphone appear to come from the blog ConceivablyTech. Many reputable news outlets like Reuters reported on Jha’s presentation at the Executives Club in Chicago, but none of them mentioned the 2 GHz remarks. So either these comments were made after the presentation in private or no one else thought a 2 GHz smartphone was important enough to report.

If we are to believe ConceivablyTech, this ultimate phone will be based on Android, include a gyroscope, add an Nvidia Tegra-based graphics processor with full Flash 10.1 hardware acceleration, support 720p output, “HD screen resolution” and integrate a camera with “more than 5 megapixel” resolution. Another Motorola executive who asked to remain anonymous said that this new phone is “intended to incorporate everything that is technologically possible in a smartphone today”.

It almost sounds too good to be true.

Nvidia’s next generation mobile processor (Tegra 250) is based off the dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore processor running at speeds up to 1 GHz. The Tegra 2 platform was unveiled earlier this year at CES and has yet to appear in a smartphone, but we are expecting something by the end of 2010.

Most high-end phones today use a processor based on the ARM Cortex-A8 core. This include Qualcomm’s Snapdragon and Texas Instrument’s OMAP. The Cortex-A9 is what we expected in future high-end phones, but none have hit the market yet. To give you an idea of what to expect from Cortex-A9, our friend Anand Lal Shimpi says that the Cortex A9 is between 30% to 100% faster than the A8 depending on the task performed.

So where does the 2 GHz come from? The Cortex-A9 design adds support for multi-processors, but most implementations top out around 1 GHz. It’s been reported that the A9 can scale up to 2 GHz with optimizations, but we have yet to see any announced products that go that high.

“Cortex-A9 will comfortably run at those sorts of frequencies [600 MHz - 1 GHz] and, indeed, with physical IP optimization, we demonstrated can scale up to 2 gigahertz today. The other Cortex-A9 has a lot more headroom to go, it’s a multi-processor design, so you can have quad-core – or up to quad-core implementation.”Warren EastCEO ARM

So yes, it is technically possible for the Cortex-A9 to hit 2 GHz, but we don’t have any actual product that has achieved that. If Motorola is going to release a 2 GHz phone this year, it will be with some unannounced processor.

I’d love to own a 2 GHz phone, but I don’t think it will happen this year.

Via: Know Your Cell

Source: ConceivablyTech

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  • http://Website Jeff

    This is why I am hanging on to My Nexus and havent jumped onto the Evo. Please say its true!!!

  • http://Website wondercoolguy

    The question I have is our phones (N1, Evo, and Incredible) with super ease now whats the point of all that processing power? Just to say that its a 2ghz phone?

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      On device video editing is one example I have heard tossed around.

    • TUG265

      I agree, they should spend the time and money in refining battery technology, that way my phone will last longer than half a day with the surfing I do…

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  • http://Website Nate

    I can’t wait to have a phone with a faster processor than my crappy little netbook. But while that does sound intriguing, is the rate of battery development going to equal that of processor development? Or will the battery just be enormous to make up for it?

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    What the point of going to 2ghz when a 1ghz is fast enough? Or 1.5?

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    I cant even imagine the strain on battery power that a 2ghz cpu would bring.

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    • HipHopIsLyfe37

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    If you consider that we jumped from a 500Mhz to a 1Ghz processor, and then, 6 months later, a 1.5Ghz processor, I think it is likely that we will see a 2Ghz processor by year end. Now, will it be “production ready?” I dont think so… but we will most likely see it very early next year.

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    In my opinion this 2ghz stuff is complete bullshit. There is almost 1 year between an announcement of an ARM chipset and the first buyable product. All big ARM licensees have announced their products for 2011.
    Maybe some stupid marketing dude described a dual core 1ghz as a 2ghz part. This happened the same time when the first dual core pc processors emerged. Maybe some idiot got it in the wrong throat and is spreading stupid shit around the net.

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    About the 2ghz being just to show off…i remember that Bill Gates said once that “we wont need more than 64kb of memmory speed” once….
    Guess what…
    Btw 2ghz is a OMG WOW for mobile gamers…

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      Bill never actually said that, he said a lot of silly and wrong things, but that wasn’t one of them. Do some research before making such silly statements. :)

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    here’s the problem with this. The mobile market seems to be falling into the same trap that plagued the desktop PC market for so long…trying to up the hardware specs so much, outdo the other guy, and impress everyone with crazy fast processors for no reason. Why not focus on software optimization? PCs kept coming out with faster and faster chips, but then they realized,”oh wait, if we just had some well written software, then that 3ghz CPU that burns hotter than the sun isn’t really necessary.”

    The mytouch slide is a good example of this. Even with a lowly 600 mhz cpu, it flies, thanks to android 2.1, and HTC’s optimizations

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      Also, we keep neglecting RAM. The amount of RAM arguably makes just as much, if not more, difference than the CPU.

      Again, same issue on PCs. People would have a crazy fast CPU but still running 256 or 512 mb of RAM on windows XP. It’s ridiculous.

      And when you ask someone what the specs are for this or that phone, they always tell you the CPU speed, but when asked about the RAM, it’s just shrugged shoulders. This just doesn’t make any sense to me.

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    Is there any commercially available mainstream smartphone that’s benchmarked higher than the Nexus One yet?

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    Hope that device comes standard with an additional battery. Granted, in an ealier post I mentioned that battery life can often be determined by the user but now we’re crossing another bridge where the device becomes a power all its own.

    I think Motorola is headed in the wrong direction. Battery technology first, then make devices that can run with them effeciently.

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    A faster phone would open up new possibilities for Devs to run wild with new ideas that where thought to be impossible on a mobile phone. Video editiong was mentioned, also real time HD streaming, advanced photo editing, also the more power you can cram in the more you can take advantage of new hardware and sensor possibilities. Anything form RFIDs, to IR transceivers, FM transceivers, HD projector capabilities. For someone to say whats the point of a faster processor is like saying back i the day “we will never need more than 1gig of disk space”. Its innovation people let it happen and tomorrows mobile will be here today. Oh and a 2GIG Android will pretty much put the nail in the iPhones coffin.

    PS: I was reading the other day that Intel will soon “this year” come out with a mobile atom proc that will give us a 10 day standby time. Also Samsung has showed off a new foldable/rollable 4 inch amoled screen. Imaging the possibilities, oh my.

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