February 15, 2011 | by Andrew Kameka
Dual-core is for punks! Qualcomm just announced its upcoming APQ8064, a quad-core chipset that will achieve maximum speeds of 2.5 GHz per core.
Warning: don’t get too excited just yet because this chipset won’t appear in devices until early next year (2012). Back to your regularly scheduled mind-being-blown.
The “Krait” chip marries multiple cores to increase processing power, but what will really bring a smile to the faces of Android users is Qualcomm’s promise to increase battery power. Android is notoriously bad on battery, but Qualcomm says that Krait will combine four CPU cores that can reach higher speeds without consuming as much energy. The chipset was engineered to split duties across multiple cores to allow higher performance and lower consumption.
Qualcomm uses Adreno 320 GPU for graphics, which should bring “console-quality gaming experience, as well as rendering rich UI’s” on phones and tablets. This will open the door for better graphics, faster rendering, stronger 3D video recording and playback, and up to 20 megapixel camera support.