A number of current smartphones are based on 1 GHz processors from Qualcomm’s Snapdragon series. Devices with faster chips from this series won’t be available until the first quarter of next year.
According to Qualcomm, the first models based on a 1.2 GHz Snapdragon processor should be on the market after the end of 2010 but before the end of March.
Smartphones with 1.5 GHz Qualcomm processors are scheduled to appear by the end of 2011.
Progress Is Slow but Steady
In recent weeks, there have been unconfirmed reports of smartphones supposedly debuting later this year with 1.2 GHz or even 1.5 GHz processors. According to Qualcomm, these devices, if real, won’t be available until early 2011.
Phone makers do have samples of its 1.2 GHz processor, but production isn’t going to start until next year.
Qualcomm’s CEO added a bit of confusion to the mix: earlier this week, Paul Jacobs accidentally announced in a speech that 1.5 GHz processors would be out in Q1, when he meant to say 1.2 GHz ones.
More about Qualcomm’s Chips
Qualcomm has two version of its 1.2 GHz Snapdragon processor: the MSM8260 is for devices that use the HSPA+ wireless networking standard, while the MSM8660 is a multi-mode chip for HSPA + CDMA/2000 1xEV-DO Rev B.
Each includes an integrated low-power GPS, a low-power audio engine, and an advanced GPU (Graphical Processing Unit) with support for 1080p high definition (HD) video encoding /decoding and Open GLES 2.0 and Open VG 1.1 graphics acceleration. The two chipsets support up to 24-bit WXGA (1280 x 800) resolution displays.