Qualcomm Q4 Plans: Dual-core 1.5GHz Chip Coming

By Jamie Pert - Aug 10, 2010

In the current mobile device market there is a lot of premise on fast processor speed and long battery life, well it looks as if Qualcomm could be headed in the right direction with their Q4 plans.

They are looking to launch a new chip by Christmas this year, this dual-core chip will feature CPU cores running at up to 1.5GHz, interestingly each core can be individually clocked, which should be great for power consumption.

This chip (known as the QSD8672) will apparently be used in smartphones, tablets and low-end laptops, and could well set the benchmark for other chip manufacturers to follow, especially as it is capable of 1080p HD video playback.

Obviously it is great to see chip Qualcomm pushing the boundaries, however I am concerned that improved clock speeds do tend to seriously lower battery life, even if each core can be individually clocked.

Would you prefer a 1GHz chip which could last three days from a single charge, or a 2GHz chip which would last up to 24 hours from a single charge?

Source: ComputerWorld

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