In something straight out of left field, today Qualcomm uploaded a nice little video on their YouTube channel showing off the speed improvements of, get this — their 2nd generation single-core Snapdragon processor over Nvidia’s dual-core Tegra 2. Ballsy right?
In the video, Qualcomm demonstrates the connectivity speeds of these CPU’s in the form of the HTC Thuderbolt on Verizon and the Motorola Atrix on AT&T. Both devices connected to their respective 4G networks and you wont believe the results, or maybe you can. Qualcomm wants you to believe that the technology found in their chipsets offer greater connectivity and are better built to handle all the new 4G networks hitting carriers these days. Whether that’s true or not, I’m sure it had more to do with the fact that Verizon’s LTE network is about 3X times faster than anything AT&T can offer right now. Needless to say, I wasn’t really too surprised to see the Thunderbolt killing the Atrix in these Qualcomm “speed tests.”
This video does bring up a good point I try to make whenever I help people decide on their next smartphone purchase. With all these dual-core and ocho-cinco-core phones hitting the market soon, the only thing really holding back the “speed” of your phone is the network it’s connected to. Just like the video shows, a single-core device will give the user an all around greater sense of speed with less things loading, less videos buffering and pics uploading faster than even a quad-core on another carrier’s slower network.
I’m curious to know what you guys think. Would you rather have a single-core phone on Verizon’s 22Mbps down, LTE network or a quad-core phone with only Edge/3G coverage?