Monday, July 30, 2012

Shoulda Got a Snapdragon

Just seen old Snapdragon ad today, and it's pretty awesome. In fact the song will likely get stuck in my head throughout the afternoon today. Perhaps I should point at everyone's phone and bust out a poor rap imitation of this song at them.

Qualcomm's Krait based Snapdragon S4 has been well received by the tech community. Core for core, the S4 has been proven to be a beast often besting its Cortex A9 rivals by a huge margin. In fact its performance advantage is so huge, it makes sense that most flagship smartphones would run on it.

Alas we haven't seen many devices released over here running on the Snapdragon. Manufacturers likes numbers and so quad core processors made by rival chipmakers has become the de facto choice even when they are running on outdated ARM architecture. The only device that has it I can think off the top of my head that has seen mainstream release is the HTC One S.

On the other hand, almost every other smartphone in North America has a dual core Snapdragon S4 + LTE SoC, so all is not lost. I blame OFCOM for the lack of Snapdragon + LTE beasts in this country. Still with Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 on the horizon and a quad core Snapdragon on the way, we can only hope that one day we too will see some of that Snapdragon action on our flagship phones.

Perhaps then we too can mock our iPhone toting friends, Parker and the Numberman style.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

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