Saturday, 25 August 2012

BlackBerry 10 Devices To Feature 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro Chipset.

RIM’s BlackBerry 10 update is on schedule for a release in Q1 2013 and once handsets arrive they’ll be packing some series processing power thanks to Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset.

BlackBerry OS is reporting that RIM’s upcoming fleet of BlackBerry 10-powered devices will feature Qualcomm’s Qualcomm's S4 Pro MSM8960T processor. The publication’s source is said to be reliable and this isn’t the first time we’ve heard rumours about RIM using Qualcomm chipsets.

In the first half of 2012 RIM’s ex-co-founders said that one of the chief reasons for the delay with BlackBerry 10 was that the company was waiting for the right chipsets to become available –– we’re going to assume that Mike Lazaridis was talking about Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 Pro, here.

Clocked at 1.5GHz and featuring the new Adreno 320 GPU, Qualcomm’s S4 Pro system-on-a-chip with its 28nm process and OpenCL-support is something of a monster. Initial Quadrant benchmarks taken by Know Your Mobile at the processor’s second launch in San Francisco were truly staggering, consecutively finishing in the high 7000s.

The processor, designed to pick up where Qualcomm’s S4 Snapdragon left off, is now being used in around 120 OEM designs, according to Qualcomm. Within the context of RIM’s BlackBerry 10, the chipset will be clocked at 1.5GHz, support beyond 1080p display resolutions, 3D console-like gaming, and, of course, LTE on-die and advanced multitasking.

‘We are excited about the Snapdragon S4 Pro processors’ potential for consumers, and about the upcoming Windows 8 platform,’ said Luis Pineda, senior vice president of computing and consumer products, Qualcomm.

If you like BlackBerry and are thinking about getting one of its BlackBerry 10 handsets, this should be music to you ears. Qualcomm’s S4 Snapdragon Pro is just about the best mobile chipset ever created. It has to be seen to be believed.

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