Mobile World Congress, we made a beeline for the Krait demonstration. Lo and behold, the prophecy had been fulfilled: four 720p videos, running concurrently on four cores, off of a mobile processor. The results were so pants-wettingly impressive that we had to whip out a camera and document it right then and there.
Mobile World Congress there is tons of talk regarding Qualcomm's new Snapdragon S4 Krait SoC, and with good reason. Four cores aren't always better than two and many different elements come into play with performance in general, especially on a mobile device. Today we've been given a chance to break down the new Qualcomm (Mobile Development Platform) MDP MSM8960 dual-core 1.5 GHz SoC S4 and are starting with the usual benchmarks.
how Chrome for Android is already the most secure/safe browser on the Android Market. We should see Android devices reach the $70 range by next year. More specifically, he stated "Last year's $400 phone is next year's $100 phone". Apart from the keynote, Google's vice president of engineering for mobile, Hiroshi Lockheimer, hinted for Android 5.0 Jelly Bean to have a fall release instead of the earlier summer rumor. This is somewhat comforting, considering Android 4.0 is finally starting to show up on non-Nexus devices.
Mobile World Congress, both in polygonal and practical. For a demonstration of the S4 MSM8960 they showed off a glasses-free 3D Android machine running at a full 1920x1200 - which has become a lot more relevant, since at least two Asus models will use the S4 processor with that resolution.
Samsung Galaxy B will have a bezel-free AMOLED display. It would be amazing if this trended into future devices across their line.
and now five) core Tegra 3 architecture. In all the hustle and bustle, Qualcomm's Snapdragon gets forgotten - not that it's going anywhere. While almost ever major phone and tablet manufacturer has a Tegra 3 product slated for Mobile World Congress, they've usually got Snapdragons filling out the mid and lower ranks as well. It looks like that's going to be the status quo for a while: A Qualcomm product manager announced that the company would be focusing on its dual-core products until at least late 2012.
Qualcomm reckons Android smartphone users could see 3x the wireless performance once handsets make the jump to 802.11ac WiFi, the company claims, thanks to improvements in speed, range and power consumption. That's one of the boasts around the new line-up of Qualcomm Atheros 802.11ac "gigabit wireless" devices, including the WCN3680 combination 11ac/Bluetooth 4.0/FM chipset that's intended to be used with the potent Snapdragon S4 MSM8960.
unofficially confirmed yesterday through the leak of an internal T-Mobile document. The leak exposed a few accessories for three upcoming devices. Though termed the "HTC Ville", we know that refers to the HTC One S. Early NenaMark2 benchmark results have surfaced for the device, and they sure don't disappoint.
quad-core Tegra 3 platform. But Qualcomm isn't resting on its laurels: the chipmaker is showing off the latest and greatest in its Snapdragon line, the S4. When Anandtech tested out the new chip inside a Quualcomm developer device, they concluded that it was "the absolute smoothest we’ve ever seen Ice Cream Sandwich run" - high praise indeed, considering how some users of ICS have complained about its performance on current-generation hardware. A device equipped with a 1.5Ghz dual-core S4 in a 28nm configuration blew past the competition in controlled tests.