Qualcomm has been powering several smartphones and not-so-smart phones with their Snapdragon SoC (system on chip) and they’re quite well known about it. The latest news doing the rounds is that their roadmap for 2012/2013 has been leaked and the future chips will support HSPA+ and LTE connectivity support.

Processors to be launched in

Processors to be launched in “Kraits”

According to sources, in the fourth quarter of 2011, Qualcomm is scheduled to release the MSM8960 dual-core processors that will clock somewhere between 1.5-1.7 GHz codenamed Krait. These chips will also feature an Adreno 225 GPU which supports DirectX 9.3.

Sometime around the third quarter of 2012, there’s a likelihood that the company will be manufacturing lower-end processors (hopefully it means cheaper mid-range smartphones) with the MSM8930 dual-core CPU clocking 1.0-1.2 GHz. Surprisingly the GPU it supports is the Adreno 305 which despite the name is actually slower than the Adreno 225.

Finally, in Q1 of 2013, Qualcomm will be launching MSM8974 quad-core processors clocking 2.0-2.5 GHz with support for 1080p video at 60fps and an Adreno 320 GPU.

So we can see a whole new generation of smart(er)phones wielding quad-core chips and better features.

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