The Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro powering the LG Optimus G is a promising SoC but the chip-maker today unveiled two additional application processors: the MSM8225Q and MSM8625Q. Both of these are quad-core chips and are expected to be available by the first quarter of 2013.
The two newcomers are “upgraded software compatible variants of the highly successful Snapdragon S4 Play MSM8225 and MSM8625 processors”, with support for LPDDR2 memory. They have increased bus bandwidth to cope with 720p displays and 720p video encoding/decoding. The 8625Q packs a UMTS/CDMA modem, while the MSM8225Q only has UMTS modem; however, hey both feature Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and FM connectivity (based on Qualcomm Atheros AR6005 and WCN2243 chips).
In addition there’s also a single platform Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8930 specifically for China with support for UMTS, CDMA and TD-SCDMA operators.
The S4 Play and S4 Plus processors should allow for easy migration from S1-based designs to dual-core and quad-core CPU-based designs of the S4. They’re also built with specifically with high-volume smartphones in mind.