Qualcomm just announced yesterday the details surrounding its Snapdragon S4 System on Chip, promising an impressive array of improvements over their current-gen line.


To begin with, the Snapdragon S4 shifts away from previous 45nm constructions and boasts a trim 28nm process technology, which will improve power consumption and thermal performance, as well as free up more space by using smaller components.

In the CPU department, the S4 CPU, codenamed Krait, will top at 60% better performance over Qualcomm's current Scorpion line, reaching speeds from 1.5 to 2.5GHz, while utilizing asynchronous multiprocessing and dual-channel memory.

The Adreno 225 GPU will top the 220 by about 50%, adding DirectX9.3, OpenGL ES 1.1 and 2.0 capabilities for Windows 8.

Finally, Qualcomm says that the MSM8960 aboard the S4 will have multi-mode world capabilities, supporting frequencies from 700 to 2600MHz, LTE, HSPA+, EV-DO Rev. B, 1x Advanced, TD-SCDMA, GSM, GPRS, and EDGE. Not to mention its NFC support, and the usual fare of Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and FM Radio.

This chip sounds like something to look forward to, and it will no doubt be interesting to see the s4 in action in 2012.

via Engadget

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  • CustomKill

    seems like qualcomm catching up abit..

  • Sorin

    How does it compare to Nvidia El-Kael which comes with four fast cores, one slow core, 12 gpu cores?

    • CustomKill

      but i tot that will be using for tablet but not smartphone?

      • Zomby2D

        The initial use will probably be for tablets, but it can be incorporated in pretty much anything so you can bet someone's gonna be putting that in a phone sooner than later.

  • http://pharaohtechblog.blogspot.com Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ)

    The Qualcomm S4 SoC is intended initially for smartphones, while the Tegra 3 SoC will be too large to fit in smartphones immediately.

  • Kushan

    There's no such thing as DirectX 9.3. It doesn't exist.
    There are 3 versions of DirectX 9, however they are DirectX 9.0a, 9.0b and 9.0c.

    • jbonics

      Wow. get amother hobby. Too funny

      • http://gthing.net sam

        Wow, get amother spellcheck.


    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      It's in the white paper. If you look at http://directx.en.softonic.com, it says the current version is 9.29.1974, so maybe when Win8 rolls around, 9.3 will be released?

  • William

    All companies will improve all ARM chips for the upcoming release of Windows 8. If they put their chips on it, it will be cash cow.

  • L boogie

    Can't wait to see how the incredible 3d, evo 4d, flyer 2, HD8 and other products from HTC as well as other OEMs are gonna look/ perform with this SoC running inside them.

    • CustomKill

      most probably it will be able to compete with newer-gen smartphones..

  • Nocturnhabeo

    hum a 2.5Ghtz dual core will be better than my current laptop... I need to upgrade.

  • RockingmyEvo3D

    Bottomline here Qualcomm has come strong with the Snapdragon S4 which will have the capability of quadcore processor running at 1.5 to 2.5Ghz with 1.5gb of ram with a 10meg camera 16gb of internal storage and 4.7 to 5.0 inch screen this what will be the next EVO BRAND in 2012 which will be a quadcore device rolling on sprint. This new evo will be introduced at CTIA in May 2012 and will appear on sprint August 2012 well worth the wait in my world. HTC and SAMSUNG have both raised the bar that's why apple has done there best to try to slow the production down of these manufacturers. Based on the useless iPhone 4S that was just announced it's pretty clear that innovation has past apple by. I support HTC and Qualcomm as well as Sprint exactly in that order that is why I picked android in the first place back in June 2010. Current Htc Evo owners rather you have the OG EVO or the current EVO 3D 2012 will be big and based on that I will always roll HTC ONLY. Trust me android my be android but all android devices are not made the same and as a android supporter I'm sure we all know that. HTC RULES ALWAYS WILL.

  • Mike

    I love Qulacomm chipsets becuase they allow SVDO on Verizon's 3G network! That's more than enough reason for me..and why I finally switched from AT&T when the Thunderbolt was released and why I'll upgrade to the rezound in 3 months when I'm eligible again (state conract...10 month wait) unless there is sometihng bigger and faster with a qualcomm in it.