August 16, 2010 | by Andrew Kameka
Qualcomm has confirmed that it is readying a new processor that will reach speeds up to 1.5 GHz. The new chip would be ready to appear in phones in early 2011, but VP of Product Management Mark Frankel said an optimistic company could have the product out “by Christmas.”
In addition to faster speeds, the new chip would bring “better power management according to ComputerWorld. That would be a must for the power-hungry Android users who frequently complain that their phones can’t keep up with the power-draining activities that they love. The chip would also support 1080p video playback and integrated HDMI.
We’ve seen rumors of Android phones that would sport a dual-core Qualcomm processor, including the HTC Glacier/G1 Blaze/etc., so Qualcomm’s confirmation that this new chip will be ready to ship late this year or early 2011 gives extra credence to those rumors.
Testing and design requirements could prevent companies from releasing the new chip within time constraints, but it would be a major boost to Qualcomm. The Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset is present in most of today’s top Android phones, and was mostly unrivaled until the Samsung Hummingbird processor began appearing on phones in Q2. This new chipset would put Qualcomm back in the lead as the company with the strongest processor, but it will still face competition from Texas Instrument as well.
Whoever comes out on top, Android users will have phones moving along much faster than currently available.