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Qualcomm Unveils Dual Core Snapdragons

November 19, 2010 | by Michael Heller

Android News

Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon

We’re all waiting for the first Nvidia Tegra 2  dual core powered Android devices, including the upcoming LG Star, NotionInk Adam tablet, and rumors suggest maybe even the Nexus S. Qualcomm, however, wants to take the wind out of those launches.

At 2AM EST, stories hit the wire about Qualcomm’s announcement of the “new 28nm dual-core MSM8960 system-on-a-chip”. These new chips are touted as giving 5 times the CPU performance of the current Snapdragon processors while using 75% less power. Even more drool-inducing than that, Qualcomm claims the Adreno 300 GPU on the chip will offer 4 times the graphics processing of current Snapdragons, supposedly offering performance that can rival an XBox 360 or PS3. Of course, seeing will be believing on those numbers. And, given the state of gaming on Android, does it matter if we have GPUs that powerful if developers don’t put them to use?

The new Snapdragon generation will include support for LTE as well as all current 3G cell standards. Qualcomm expects to have the chips in new Android and Windows 7 devices in “early 2011″. We’ll just have to wait and see what “early” means, but the future is surely looking bright for Android hardware.