Mobile manufacturers are beginning to get their hands on a new smartphone processor from Qualcomm that runs at 1.2GHz, putting the current 1GHz Snapdragon processor out to pasture.
The new chip is capable of handling full HD video, which means that future mobiles will be able to record and playback moving images in 1080p at reasonable frame rates.
HSPA+ connectivity has been built into the new processor, which means that any mobiles which use it will be able to get online at very high speeds. GPS navigation is also on-board, with minimal power consumption assured thanks to some clever technology.
With its extra grunt, the 1.2GHz processor will be able to power mobile phones that have far higher resolution screens, with 1280x800 becoming a possibility.
Qualcomm has not announced when the first consumer smartphones sporting the 1.2GHz processor will appear, although it seems likely that the preliminary round will be here by the end of the year.
Rumours suggest that an even faster 1.5GHz processor is in the works and this too might appear in high end smartphones before 2010 is out.
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