We’ve know for quite some time now about Qualcomm’s dual-core CPUs, but we’ve never had any sort of exact date on when they would start shipping. Word coming straight from the mouth of Qualcomm is that their third generation MSM8260 and MSM8660 (w/ CDMA support) chips have been shipped to at least one partner already, with speculation being HTC. This would line up perfectly with the rumor going around right now that HTC is developing a dual-core (800mhz, most likely underclocked) phone for T-Mobile under the name Vision. So what are these new chips capable of?
Scorpion 1.2 GHz processor and 600 MHz DSP for high levels of web application and multimedia performance
Support for innovative 3D/2D user interfaces and console-quality gaming via dedicated, high-performance graphics engines
16 megapixel camera
Full 1080p HD video playback and recording
Support for DTS/Dolby 5.1 surround sound
Integrated Assisted-GPS, including support for Glonass satellite services
Support for stunning 24-bit WXGA (1280 x 800) displays
45nm process technology for ultra-low power consumption
As you can see, quite the impressive list. I wouldn’t bet the farm on it, but be on the lookout for devices featuring these chips to ship by this fall. Just in time for Christmas.
Via Android and Me