With Intel putting pressure on the mobile chip market, Qualcomm is said to have shipped its dual-core Snapdragon, an ARM-based solution, to HTC to utilize in its next-generation smartphones. According to Android and Me, the significance of Qualcomm’s dual-core offering would be “Each enhanced core runs at speeds up to 1.2GHz and they are made with the new 45nm process technology for ultra-low power consumption. Additional features of the third-generation Snapdragon include support for HSPA+ networks, a more powerful GPU, 1080p video encode/decode, and support for 24-bit WXGA 1280 x 800 resolution displays.”
HTC’s implementation of Qualcomm’s dual-core offering is rumored to be part of T-Mobile’s Project Emerald, which is speculated to “be available this holiday season and the display will feature “screen technology we have never seen before.” The codenamed device is the HTC Vision, and it will utilize a 4.3-inch display, the same size as that on the HTC HD2, the Sprint HTC EVO 4G, and the Verizon Wireless Droid X from Motorola. The Vision is said to sport Gingerbread, which is the Android build that will succeed Froyo. Whether the HTC Vision will be part of T-Mobile’s Android Project Emerald plans is all conjecture at this point.
Here are the specs for the Qualcomm dual-core solution:
-Scorpion 1.2 GHz processor and 600 MHz DSP for high levels of web application and multimedia performance
-Support for innovative 3D/2D user interfaces and console-quality gaming via dedicated, high-performance graphics engines
-16 megapixel camera
-Full 1080p HD video playback and recording
Support for DTS/Dolby 5.1 surround sound
-Integrated Assisted-GPS, including support for Glonass satellite services
-Support for stunning 24-bit WXGA (1280 x 800) displays
-45nm process technology for ultra-low power consumption
Dolby support seems plausible and likely, considering earlier rumors that Dolby was shopping its mobile sound technologies to HTC. Dolby 5.1 surround sound technology is already present and working wonderfully on the Symbian-based Nokia N8.
(via: Android and Me)