It seems that the quad-core smartphone family will be extended in the fourth quarter, says Digitimes, on account of the new Apple iPhone, and Qualcomm’s quad-core chipsets entering devices for the holiday shopping craze.
Since we all have heard rumors that Cupertino’s engineers are testing the next generation A6 with four processor cores at the TSMC foundry earlier this year, this is anything but surprisingly for us now. It was also rumoured that Samsung will be producing the A6, and now the sources confirm that this quad-core A6 is none other, but modified quad-core Exynos 4 series, which is already running in the international version of the Samsung Galaxy S III. This means a 32nm HKMG package made in Samsung’s Austin, Texas factory – a pretty powerful combination.
Qualcomm’s quad-core APQ8064A is a monster of a chipset, since it integrates multimode LTE radio, and is built on the 28nm process too. It will also feature the most powerful graphics processor – Adreno 320 – that Qualcomm has in its quiver, so phones with quad-core Snapdragons should be beasts as well, with HTC One XXL already rumored to be one of them.