Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 is certainly proving to be popular, and has now made the jump to televisions, tablets, and Windows 8 PCs in addition to smartphones. We’re used to seeing the dual-core 1.5Ghz chip in the this year’s range of high-end phones, but Qualcomm will be extending the line to include additional dual-core variants plus quad-core chips.
There will be four different tiers for the Snapdragon S4 range. Prime will lead the pack, and feature a quad-core 1.5Ghz MPQ8064 chip based on the Krait architecture, paired with a Adreno 320 GPU. Snapdragon Pro, meanwhile, is aimed at tablets and other devices with high-resolution displays, and includes the APQ8064 and MSM8960T chipsets.
The Snapdragon S4 Plus chips will sit comfortably in smartphones needing an integrated LTE modem, which we’re already familiar with in products like the Samsung Galaxy S III and HTC One X. Finally, S4 Play is intended for for the entry level market, featuring dual-core 1.2Ghz processors and an Adreno 203 GPU. Qualcomm say the new SoC is backwards compatible with Snapdragon S1 solutions, so OEMs can easily port their designs over to the new S4 chips.