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HTC One S shows Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 prowess

HTC One S shows Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 prowess

With the HTC One series being release this week comes the first time we're getting to see the brand new Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, and with it the power and finesse we were promised starting late last year. What you're about to witness is how good the Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor really is - the video you're about to see showing the HTC One S (with the S4 inside) playing one game, then another, then another, each time keeping several apps open in the background. Will the device slow down or crash under the pressure?

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HTC One S Review

HTC One S Review

The HTC One S may slot into the midrange in the company's 2012 line-up, but HTC knows that it needs more than just average if it wants to reclaim its position in the smartphone segment. To do that, the One S delivers a slimline metal casing and ticks the big consumer draw elements of camera, screen and speed, with 8-megapixels, a crisp AMOLED display and 1.5GHz dual-core chipset brought out to play. Question is, does the One S deliver enough to distract from the heavyweight of the mainstream models, Apple's iPhone 4? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.

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AT&T HTC One X screams through benchmarks

AT&T HTC One X screams through benchmarks

Back at MWC 2012, it was revealed that only the European version of the HTC One X would be privy to NVIDIA’s quad-core Tegra 3 chip, while the American version destined for AT&T would instead be fitted with Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor. Those of you worried that a mere dual-core would be unable to compete with the might of a quad-core need not worry, as benchmarks have been performed on an AT&T HTC One X that made its way into the wild.

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Nokia Windows 8 Qualcomm tablet tipped for Q4

Nokia Windows 8 Qualcomm tablet tipped for Q4

Nokia will launch its first Windows 8 tablet in Q4 2012, insiders have suggested, a 10-inch Windows-on-ARM machine using a dual-core Qualcomm chipset as the company looks to expand beyond smartphones. The move, tipped by DigiTimes sources among component suppliers claim, is expected to buoy Microsoft's position against Android tablet manufacturers, with the slate most likely to be powered by a Snapdragon S4 "Krait" chipset such as inside the Windows 8 developer hardware Qualcomm handed out last month. Update: Nokia statement after the cut.

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28nm production halt could delay Snapdragon S4 products

28nm production halt could delay Snapdragon S4 products

Qualcomm have so far avoided chasing cores, saying that Nvidia’s Tegra 3 quad-core chip is “overkill”. Instead the company is hoping that the latest version of its Snapdragon chip, the S4 “Krait”, will provide enough performance with just two cores. While development platforms have gone out to various publications and developers for testing, the 28nm chip could be facing production delays, which would have a knock-on effect on phones like the HTC One X and One S.

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Qualcomm: Tegra 3 is overkill core-bragging

Qualcomm: Tegra 3 is overkill core-bragging

Qualcomm has dismissed NVIDIA's much-trumpeted five core Tegra 3 chipset as mere spec-sheet bragging, arguing that the company is unconcerned by HTC's defection from solely using Snapdragon cores. "No one company can stick to one supplier forever" Sy Choudury, director of product management at Qualcomm told us in an interview at Mobile World Congress this week. As for the HTC One X, the smartphone which will use Tegra 3 at least in non-AT&T form, Choudury argues the 4+1 chipset is more about marketing than actually delivering usable performance. "There's a difference between building devices to suit typical uses, and building for spec-sheet bragging" he said.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Benchmarking Part 1

Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Benchmarking Part 1

This week we're taking a closer look at how the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 (Krait) processor works as it exists first on the MDP8690, the newest Mobile Development Platform that the manufacturer has released for developers to fully experience the S4 chip in its Krait configuration. This version of the S4 chip, code-named Krait, is an ARMv7-A compatible CPU architecture and is made for TCMC's 28nm process, and inside the MSM9860 you'll find two of these cores running at up to 1.5 GHz along with Adreno 225 graphics, Qualcomm's new baseband, and improved ISP - it's all ramped up, basically. This device we're testing the Snapdragon S4 out on is not a consumer product, instead it's a device which accurately shows the power of the S4 chip exclusively.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 (Krait) gets early benchmarks

Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 (Krait) gets early benchmarks

The newest Snapdragon processor is bringing its A-game to the tablet with the Mobile Development Platform smartphone MDP8660, and the benchmarks are in. This device represents the first hardware preview of the S4 processor made by Qualcomm and is in full working order in a reference platform design not unlike the other development devices we've seen from Qualcomm in the past. What we're looking at here mostly is the processor itself, PCmag comparing it to the NVIDIA Tegra 3 and the TI OMAP 4, Anandtech comparing it to the previous model Qualcomm MDP with a dual-core Scorpion processor instead.

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