New Qualcomm processor to make smartphones dual-core

1.2GHz processor chips on the way to your pocket blower

Qualcomm, creators of the 1GHz Snapdragon processor found in the HTC Desire and Google Nexus One smartphones as well as the Dell Streak tablet, has announced it is to produce a 1.2GHz, dual-core monster to power your pocket devices.

Two new, more powerful processors will be produced, the MSM8260 and the MSM8660, both of which will feature two CPU cores for dual-core, multi-tasking sprightliness.

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The upcoming processor chips will also include a graphics processing unit with both 3D and 2D acceleration engines, a video encoder/decoder capable of supporting up to 1080p video, integrated GPS, and support for 24-bit 1280 x 800 resolution displays.

While that all sounds very impressive and Qualcomm remains adamant that these new processors will be used in future smartphones, their increased power, and therefore power intake may prove too much a drain on a smartphones small battery.

Larger, tablet style devices such as the Dell Streak could be a more likely beneficiary of Qualcomm’s upcoming chips when they are eventually put into action. It is yet unknown when they will start being placed in devices.

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