The Quad-Core Snapdragon S4 is the Future, Here’s Why

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Yesterday we talked about Intel’s 2GHz Medfield processor which is powering the RAZR i. It’s got a few things going for it (x86, 2GHz, CISC, and made by Intel to name a few). Why is the quad-core Snapdragon S4 that much better than everything else out there, including the brand-new Intel Medfield? Let’s take a look at the specs.

Snapdragon S4 Product Specs

Snapdragon S4 will come in four distinct flavors… all of them are delicious!

Video

All Snapdragon processors contain the guts necessary to decode high-definition video at 720p or 1080p (depending on the Snapdragon chipset). It’s been stated that the S4 Pro is so powerful that it can play “a number” of 1080P HD videos at the same time without a hiccup.

In addition to all the “boring” 2D graphics, the GPU on the S4 brings advanced 3D technologies as well, specifically OpenGL ES 3.0. What does that mean? Games will run faster, graphics will look better, and realism will be increased significantly.

If you’re not a gamer, why are games important? Games push the platform ahead, they stress things out, and you (the non-gamer) end up with all the benefits in your non-gaming applications. All that speed means your daily use will be much faster, crisper, smoother, and all around better.

Construction

The Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro features four Krait CPU cores while other versions feature a dual-core. Each core can purr along at up to 1.7GHz. The best news is probably that’s its built at 28nm technology (with the exception of the S4 Play). Today most chips are built at 32nm, 45nm, or even larger. Chips built using smaller technologies consume less power, produce less heat, and take up less room than chips based on the larger technologies.

Targeted Devices

The devices targeted by the Snapdragon S4 are tablets with high resolution screens. Smartphones will likely see dual-core versions of the chip, but we suspect higher-end smartphones will get the quad-core versions as well.

Some people will sit back and tell you that the Cortex-A15 processor is the next big thing. Don’t get me wrong, A15 looks very, very appealing, but it’s not here yet. The S4 is. Some have said that the Snapdragon S4 will give chips based on the A15 a run for their money. That’s saying a lot.

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Joe Levi
Joe graduated from Weber State University with two degrees in Information Systems and Technologies. He has carried mobile devices with him for more than a decade, including Apple's Newton, Microsoft's Handheld and Palm Sized PCs, and is Pocketnow's "Android Guy".By day you'll find Joe coding web pages, tweaking for SEO, and leveraging social media to spread the word. By night you'll probably find him writing technology and "prepping" articles, as well as shooting video.Read more about Joe Levi here.