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Qualcomm Announces Dual-Core Snapdragon Processors

by Sean P. Aune | January 14, 2011January 14, 2011 10:20 am PST

While we were at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) last week in Las Vegas, one thing we couldn’t escape was NVIDIA’s dual-core Tegra 2 processor.  It seems that everyone and their brother was slapping this new chipset into their phones and tablets, and considering it was running dual 1 GHz processors, why not?  The big question, however, was where was Qualcomm’s answer?  We had heard about a dual-core Snapdragon processor last year, but nothing had come out as of yet to give us a hint when they would actually show up in devices.

Well, it seems that while the Verizon press conference was going on at CES, a select group of bloggers were hidden away in a private Qualcomm meeting room, getting their first look at the new processor, and it looks to be a screamer.

The new Snapdragon will be running dual 1.2 GHz processors, and thanks to this massive amount of power, a demo was even given of 3D video being streamed from a phone to a television set via HDMI.  While 3D may not be your cup of tea, you still have to tip your hat to the concept a phone is powering it.

There’s no word on when we will see the chips showing up in cell phone stores, but the general consensus seems to be it will be in the later half of this year.  Apparently there was already one product on the show floor running the new chipset, and that was the ASUS Eee Pad MeMO.

NVIDIA is going to get quite a jump start on Qualcomm in this dual-core race, but something tells us that they will still come out fine in the long run.  Too many companies have used the Snapdragon to not give a dual-core version a try.  Waiting until the later half of the year, however, may drive some consumers into madness, but we’ll just have to wait and see.

What say you?  Are you interested in a dual-core Snapdragon processor?

Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...