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Quad-core Snapdragon to debut in devices later next year

Qualcomm has released a press statement announcing the quad-core Snapdragon. Their new chipset, named "AP8064", which is based on Qualcomm's Krait 28nm code, can pump out an unprecedented 2.5GHz for each core, and is specially designed for ultra-thin devices. It supports larger resolutions, HD gaming and even 3D capture and playback.

To put the announcement and speed into perspective, it's most likely at least 12x better performance should be expected over what's most likely in your smartphone now.

According to the press release, this 28nm micro-architecture will "redefine performance," achieving speeds of up to 2.5GHz per core and minimizing power consumption and heat generation to enable new, thin and light form factors. Which in turn is good news for users and manufacturers of ever thinner devices and sufferers of poor battery life due to the demand for more raw power.

"We're excited about the new, innovative devices the APQ8064 will enable in the market," said Luis Pineda, senior vice president of computing and consumer products at Qualcomm. "With its WiFi integration and ability to seamlessly interface with Qualcomm's 3G and LTE modules, the APQ8064 will provide OEM's with a flexible, cost efficient and fast time to market platform that can meet all of their design configuration needs for tablets and next generation computing and consumer electronic devices."

As part of the next generation Snapdragon family, the APQ8064 will share a core set of features, including a quad-combo of connectivity solutions (i.e. WLAN, GPS, BT and FM), support for NFC and stereoscopic 3D (S3D) video and photo capture and playback. The APQ8064 also will support all available major operating systems and be software compatible across the chipset family.

Read the full press release here.

Image credit: Gizmodo

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