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Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 Processor is Here to Rival Nvidia’s Tegra 3

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There’s a new chipset in town. Nope, it’s not one of those new-fangled Quad-Cores, it’s a good old Dual-Core from Qualcomm. The Snapdragon S4, as the new system-on-chip is called, has produced some rather astounding scores in benchmarking suites run by Anandtech, showing vastly improved performance over any shipping Android smartphone.

As we can see, that MDP MSM8960 at the top is thrashing the competition… more than doubling the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, and almost three times faster than the venerable Samsung Galaxy S II. More excitedly, it also includes an LTE processor into the die, allowing it to share resources in a move that should dramatically improve battery life.

That’s just the Dual-Core version, too. Qualcomm have stated that they’ll be producing single and quad-core versions of the chipset as well, which will bring better battery life and much more power, respectively.

The new chip should be powering quite a few consumer devices at the Mobile World Congress next week, perhaps even the BlackBerry London, the very first BlackBerry 10 smartphone. We may even see a prototype running the quad-core version, which hopefully gets benchmarked at some stage.

Exciting times. As I remind you at the end of each post, Mobile World Congress will start next week (or even this weekend, for some announcements) so stay tuned for further developments and announcements.

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This article was written by William Judd. William writes for Mobile Fun, the UK’s leading online retailer of Bluetooth dongles and the Amazon Kindle Light.