Windows Phone 7 has strict specs for OEMs, but these are minimum specs, meaning, if so inclined, OEMs can opt to differentiate their devices by offering even higher performance hardware.
Its good news then to hear that Qualcomm has announced that it will soon start shipping their fastest Snapdragon chips ever, the 1.5 Ghz dual core QSD8672 chip, suitable for smartphones, tablets and low-cost laptops, according to Mark Frankel, vice president of product management for Qualcomm CDMA Technologies.
The chip is manufactured at 45 nm and features power-saving improvements, such as the ability to scale each processor independently, allowing one core to sleep for example while the other runs at full speed.
The chip will also allow full 1080p video playback and HDMI out.
Frankel said devices with the new chip will hit the market early next year, but aggressive vendors could launch products as early as “by Christmas” this year.
Read more about the chips as Computerworld.com here.