ST-Ericsson U8500 chipset a match for the latest Snapdragons

When we posted about the Windows phone 7 hardware spec expanding to include chipsets by ST-Ericsson, Nokia’s chipmaker of choice, many readers expressed concern that Windows Phone 7 will be doomed to slow Nokia chipsets, like their Symbian devices currently.

IntoMobile however writes that we should not be concerned.

The U8500 chip (likely to be used in WP7 handsets) is a lot like the Samsung Exynos 4210, previously known as “Orion”. They both have a pair of ARM Cortex A9 processors and an ARM Mali 400 GPU, which supports 1080p h264 encode/decode, and 20Mpix cameras. What makes the U8500 special however is that there is a built in HSPA+ modem capable of doing 21 Mbps download speeds. The U8500 also has built in WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, and even FM radio, which effectively makes ST-Ericsson the perfect competitor to Qualcomm who offers the same thing with the Snapdragon.

Are out readers feeling reassured yet? See another demo video after the break.


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