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Next-gen smartphones to pack 2.5Ghz processors

Next-gen smartphones to pack 2.5Ghz processors

ARM Holdings has unveiled a blueprint for a 2.5Ghz chipset that promises to massively improve smartphones’ performance.

The UK company claims its Cortex A15 chip will boost the speed of high-end handsets by up to five times by 2013.

It will also clear the way for a new generation of innovative apps, according to Ian Drew, ARM’s Marketing Director.

Mr Drew said: "It will be like carrying a computer around in your pocket, but it will only be the size of a phone and will have the battery life to last all day.”

The first licensees for the processor include Samsung, ST Ericsson and Texas Instruments.

By way of comparison, top of the range smartphones, such as the iPhone 4 and the HTC Desire, currently run 1Ghz chip sets.

This week, Qualcomm confirmed plans to bring a 1.5Ghz processor to market next year. The firm has already begun sending out dual core 1.2Ghz versions, which are expected to feature in the debut Windows Phone 7 mobiles.

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