Wow – I just got wind of some incredibly enticing rumors that really blew me away -courtesy of PocketNow and Droid-Life. While the latest benchmarks of this current batch of smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S II, HTC EVO 3D, LG Optimus 3D, and Motorola Atrix currently ripping up the benchmarks of every type, it turns out that there is some incredible technology just around the corner.
You’ve gotta love rumors
The news is that, apparently, Motorola’s engineers are currently developing new devices that will be the first to run the incredible NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 (Kal-El) quad-core processor. They are currently scheduled for either a Q1 2012 unveiling or release, and it’s looking that, while they will miss the Christmas shopping season, it’s likely that they will be unveiled at CES 2012. Currently code named the Motorola Bullet and the Motorola Jet, read on to find out the tantalizing, jaw dropping, mind blowing details.
The Bullet is a candy bar style 4.3″ qHD (960×540) phone, packing a quad-core Tegra 3 processor, and most likely 1.5GB of DDR2 RAM. It will also have 16GB of on-board storage, an NFC chip, and a redesigned image sensor to capture amazing photos and HD video on its 12MP camera. It’s also alleged to be launching before its keyboard brethren, the Motorola Jet.
The Motorola Jet is going to make Android QWERTY lovers foam at the mouth with techno-lust – this I have no doubt. While the Jet sports a smaller 4″ display, its still brandishing a qHD (960×540) display, and is likely to feature the same awesome QWERTY(or better, chiclet style) keyboard of the soon to be announced Motorola Droid 3. Thankfully, it will be sporting the same Herculean hardware as its keyboard-less cousin, the Bullet, and will feature a 4″ qHD 24-bit screen, Tegra 3, up to 1.5GB of DDR2 RAM, 16GB on-board storage, same newly designed 12MP camera as the Bullet, NFC chip, and a fully redesigned 5 row (unconfirmed) chicklet-style keyboard.
Credibility of the Rumors
First, these rumors make a lot of sense. As someone that spends all day, and usually, almost all night reading, breathing and writing Android, I have read reasonable reports that Nvidia and Motorola are collaborating closely. At MWC 2011, Nvidia told us that we can expect manufacturers and OEM’s to get access to Tegra 3 during Q4 2011. We reported on the possibility of the Tegra 3 Quad Core processor being featured in some upcoming tablets too, so there is really so much to look forward to.
Substantially Improved Camera
Secondly, the boys over at Droid-Life, with all their awesome industry connections, have reported that Motorola is getting quite serious about putting world class image sensors in their upcoming phones, and is finally acknowledging that consumers want to be able to capture fast, awesome HD photos and video in low light. So, with Motorola making this a major focus, it’s looking like the chance of us being able to put our dedicated digital camera away sooner than we thought. Plus, with the (promised) processing power of the quad core Tegra SoC, it’s theoretically possible that these devices will be able to capture 60fps + at 1080p, which is nothing short of amazing. For anyone that’s ever seen content on a 240Hz LED HDTV, you will know what I am talking about – buttery smooth baby.
4G? But of course…
The original Motorola Droid debuted on Verizon, and really was the Android phone that ignited a fire in the heart of freedom tech lovers everywhere. Plus, Verizon invested a ton into advertising, and they’ve enjoyed an excellent relationship with Motorola, so it’s highly likely that both the Motorola Jet and the Motorola Bullet will have 4G LTE connectivity.
While it’s hard to believe what you’ve just read – remember that the cycle of technological change is accelerating. In Japan and South Korea – arguably two of the world’s most advanced “cellphone economies” – the average person changes their phone every 6 months. Also, did you know that Android is on over 88% of smartphones in South Korea? Oh yeah it is. Is it likely that these phones will be announced in seven short months? Absolutely. What is frustrating however, is that it will still take some time for them to get into the hands of consumers everywhere as the Carriers generally stall things, trying to max out their profitability with their existing lineups before offering the latest and greatest mobile tech.
What Does this all mean for performance?
We are just beginning to get a sense of what Superphones like the Samsung Galaxy S II and HTC’s flagship, the HTC Sensation are capable of. These phones are basically five times more powerful than anything released last year, and this upcoming generation of devices powered by Tegra 3 SoC’s and TI’s OMAP equivalent, are likely to offer increased power savings via their quad core processors, and a performance increase in the range of 300-500%, and maybe more. With Samsung promising the performance of a desktop computer in a smartphone, we have no doubt that we will be seeing devices like this in 2012!
As much as I want you to believe every single word you’ve just read here – remember to take it all with a grain of salt. While rumors are great to get excited about, and you can rest easy knowing that we’ve done everything to ascertain the legitimacy and accuracy of said claims, we still can’t say everything is guaranteed. Still, we’ve done everything we can to ensure that these devices are likely to be announced at CES 2012, and with what, knowing about Nvidia’s Tegra 3 quad core SoC and its release schedule. We think it’s highly likely that these devices will be announced CES 2012.
Quad Core QWERTY? Quad Core qHD 4.3 Ultimaphone? Time will tell. And man, the Samsung Galaxy S II was finally starting to look good.