Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon S4 Pro, a version of the MSM8960 with an Adreno 320 GPU instead of the Adreno 225 that is found in the initial shipping MSM8960, among other unannounced changes. As we found in our first performance look at the MSM8960, the GPU performance is better than previous architectures but not the leap forward we're expecting for this next generation. The Adreno 3xx family should change that.

The Snapdragon S4 Pro should start sampling in 2012, and we may see devices with it in 2012 as well. 

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  • douglaswilliams - Monday, February 27, 2012 - link

    So, you're saying that since current mobile phone software doesn't scale to four threads very well, hardware makers shouldn't attempt to progress their technology?
  • gamoniac - Monday, February 27, 2012 - link

    He didn't say stop making 4-core chips. He is just saying that tablet/laptop are used for more computationally demanding tasks, so it makes sense to have 4-core tablet; phones only need 2 cores.
  • lilmoe - Monday, February 27, 2012 - link

    he never implied not progressing their technology... he said that it was progressing in the wrong direction for "lower power" devices.

    "That area could've been better used either to make the chip cheaper, use towards lower-power cores (which nVidia did get right) or more GPU pipelines"

    i agree with him that this is where progress should have been made. and yes, making chips cheaper is progress as well, because OEMs can invest more in other aspects of the phone while maintain relatively comparable cost == better phones and better technology.

    while i regret this year isn't big.Little's year, i'm hoping samsung's chips are better "progressed"...
  • Russd456 - Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - link

    I could see the s3 getting this on att. Considering every devise on att that has lte is a qualcom chip

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