We still have yet to see the 1.2GHz and 1.3GHz chips of the world, but Qualcomm’s already set to ship their 1.5GHz Snapdragon QSD8672 chipset to handset manufacturers before year’s end. The chip will be dual-core, but their focus isn’t limited to getting this into handsets (though that will definitely be sweet) – they’re looking to target low-cost tablets and netbooks, as well. The chip is using a 45nm process technology which we hear is very easy on battery consumption, but we probably won’t see real world accounts of its performance until late in the year (with first handsets not expected to launch until early 2011).
With the QSD8672 chipset, manufacturers can enjoy support for 1080p video playback, native support for HDMI interfaces, DDR2 and DDR3 RAM, and more. Do you think this’ll be enough for them to keep up with Texas Instruments and other chipset makers?