While announcing the Windows Phone 8 platform, Microsoft also stated that the new wave of smartphones running its upcoming mobile platform would be powered by one of the latest Snapdragon processors from Qualcomm. The San Diego-based SOC manufacturer has now highlighted the list of features the Snapdragon S4 processor will deliver over the OS.
The chip in question adopts the new Krait CPUs that incorporate Adreno 225 graphics proffering console-like quality gaming for the Windows Phone platform. Complementing this is support for HD content and high resolution 720p displays. Apart from performance and other attributes, power consumption is one of the key aspects manufacturers try to keep at a minimum for better activity life. And the S4 seems to have a knack in this field.
“Over the past few years, Microsoft has used Snapdragon processors in all of their Windows Phones. Inside every Window Phone 7 handset was either a Snapdragon S1 or S2 processor. The close collaboration between Microsoft and Qualcomm has resulted in a sea of fast and powerful smartphones with great battery life. So fast, in fact, that Microsoft invited anyone to come into a Windows Store to get “Smoked by Windows Phone,” states PJ Jacobowitz, marketing manager in Qualcomm’s Corporate Communications department.
Designed around the 28nm process, the company states that the power intake of its chip is comparatively lesser than previous generations since ‘shrinking the die reduces leakage.’ Additionally, the processor is capable of taking on a 20MP camera with 1080p video capture and can even support various attributes including image stabilization.
The first wave of devices employing the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor is scheduled to roll out through Nokia, Huawei, Samsung and HTC.