As it stands, most talk about dual-core mobile processing has hovered right around the 1GHz range with chips like the NVIDIA Tegra 2, leaving talk of such processors squarely centered on the high end and power user portion of the mobile market. That should now change with the introduction of the Broadcom BCM2157, a CPU featuring dual 500MHz cores. Admittedly, the speed of a processor isn’t everything, but historically clock speeds in that range have headed to mid-range devices at best.
Throw in support for 3G HSDPA, mobile hotspot connectivity, multitouch screens, 5MP camers, and dual-SIM cards and we have a chip that should pave the way for the next generation of sub-1GHz phones. Broadcom’s hope is to pave the way for handset makers to produce high quality yet low cost Android handsets, bringing a power to the class of phones like never before.
It looks like upcoming entry level phones might not look so entry level, even if clock speeds are lower than the average “high end” smartphone.