Feb 23rd, 2012

With all the hype surrounding quad-core processors, you would think dual-cores were nothing more than last year’s tech. Well, that’s definitely not the case. Just like Intel releases new and improved versions of their desktop processors (Core 2 Duo, Core i, 2nd generation Core i’s, etc.), Qualcomm is doing the same with their dual-core Snapdragons. Their new line of S4 processors (4th gen Snapdragons) will be making their way to a few new handsets in the comings months. Handsets like the T-Mobile bound HTC Ville ( HTC One S) that has posted a rather impressive NenaMark2 benchmark.

HTC Ville video as a refresher

While I’m excited to see what the Nvidia Tegra 3 brings in terms of performance for the HTC One X, dual-core handsets like the HTC One S shouldn’t be written off just because they’re utilizing less cores. In fact, some benchmarks are showing dual-core Snapdragon S4’s beating out the quad-core Tegra 3’s in some instances. Qualcomm’s S4’s are also utilizing a new, more power efficient 28nm architecture that aside from improving battery life, will make a device breathe flames out the micro USB port. Seems the “core” race is looking like nothing more than the GHz race from a few years back, huh?


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