You know what really sucks about being locked into a two-year service contract with your wireless carrier? It's seeing all these new fangled smartphones come out, ones with features that weren't available when you jumped in. Bought a Motorola Droid X2? That's great, now the Droid Bionic is here, and it supports 4G LTE. Rocking a dual-core 1.2GHz processor? Awesome, except that tomorrow's phones will kick things up to 2.5GHz and four cores!
That's the top clockspeed Qualcomm's latest roadmap shows, according to Pocket-Lint , which was on hand at the chip maker's Innovation Qualcomm event in Istanbul. Qualcomm's roadmap was broken down into four sections, including an S1 class for mass market smartphones, S2 class for high performance smartphones and tablets, an S3 class for multi-tasking and advanced gaming, and an S4 class for 'Holy *&#%!' performance and next generation devices.
The new S4 class chipset includes a next generation processor line built on a 28nm manufacturing process. These will include up to quad-core processing clocked at 2.5GHz along with a high performance Adreno GPU (dual- and quad-core), 1080p HD, 3G, and LTE.
So how long do you have to wait for this crazy fast mobile processors to make it to market? Not all that long, actually. Qualcomm expects to have these chips in device makers' hands by the end of the year, so you should see 2.5GHz smartphones and tablets in early 2012. Battery life? We'll have to wait and see.
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