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Is Motorola moving to Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processors?


Published onApril 17, 2012

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HTC has already released its flagship Android 4.0 device with the HTCOne X, and we are eagerly awaiting the imminent announcement of the Samsung Galaxy S3 on May 3. Meanwhile, another Android powerhouse, Motorola, has been relatively silent about its next flagship device, supposedly dubbed Droid Fighter and also known as the Droid Razr HD.

Some new information has come to light about a Motorola device code-named “Qinara” which may (or may not) be Motorola’s entry into an already competitive high-end Android smartphone market.

There are several key pieces of information that can be extracted from the leaked benchmark test above, including:

  • As expected, any future Android device will feature Android 4.0.3. Depending on when this device is released, it could be updated further to Android 4.0.4
  • The device, code-named “Qinara” will be become a part of AT&T’s 4G LTE lineup, which already boasts the soon-to-be-released HTCOne XL.
  • The device will definitely have an HD display, with a resolution of 1196×720. This pixel layout indicates that the device will likely feature the recommended-for-Android-4.0 on-screen keys.
  • The Qinara will boast a 1.5 Ghz Qualcomm dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor

Most of the specifications are in line with what is expected from any high-end Android device. What is surprising to note is the inclusion of the Snapdragon S4 processor. Motorola has thus far enjoyed a close relationship with Texas Instruments, using its OMAP processors in many of its high-end models. But with the move to 4G LTE, the Qualcomm dual-core processor is a considerably better choice, with its integrated LTE baseband that lowers power consumption and allows for tighter builds.

Of course, we might be looking at a sole test device built around the Snapdragon S4 processor. But if the benchmark scores obtained by the S4 against quad-core chips like the NVIDIA Tegra 3 and HUAWEI’s K3V2 are of any indication about the qualities of Qualcomm’s processor, it would not be surprising to see Motorola jump on the Qualcomm bandwagon as well.

What are your thoughts? What device could the “Qinara” be? Qualcomm vs TI. Is Motorola making the right move?

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