Qualcomm starts shipping 1.2GHz dual core Snapdragons


Qualcomm’s has just started shipping its latest generation chipsets to manufacturers. Offering two application processor cores running at 1.2 GHz, integrated graphics core and 1080p video encoding those should become available on high-end smartphones in the near future.The Snapdragon MSM8660’s integrated graphics core supports OpenGL 2.0 and allows 1080p video recording and playback. The maximum display resolution support is extended to 1280×800 pixels with 24-bit color. The other features of the chipset include an integrated GPS receiver and dual-mode HSPA+/CDMA and 1xEV-DO Rev. B capabilities.The other Qualcomm’s third generation chipset – MSM8260 is basically identical to the MSM8660 but only works on GSM and UMTS networks (HSPA+ support is included though). The final member of the Qualcomm dual-core family, the QSD8672, which has its CPUs clocked at 1.5GHz, isn’t avaialble yet, but will launch before the end of the year.It seems the smartphones we are going to get for this year’s holiday season will pack quite a lot more oomph than we are seeing now.” via gsmarena.com

First Symbian^2 phones ship in Japan

F07-B and SH07B

“The Symbian Foundation today announced the Symbian^2 platform is being used in four of the seven Symbian based handsets announced by NTT DoCoMo a few weeks ago. The F-07B (Fujitsu) went on sale on May 21st; it features a dual orientation screen (swivels from portrait to landscape) and a 12 megapixel camera. The SH-07B (Sharp) went on sale a week later; it features a 12 megapixel camera with full HD video recording and is partially waterproof. The F06-B and F-08B will go on sale later in June. These are the first Symbian^2 handsets to ship worldwide. NTT DoCoMo, Sharp and Fujitsu are using Symbian^2 with a customised UI layer (known as MOAP). The platform, effectively a variant specialised for the Japanese market, is developed co-operatively between NTT DoCoMo, Fujitsu and Sharp. These phones are ‘locked-down’ compared to smartphones in the rest of the world, but, as their specification suggest, are cutting edge in their home market. Other Symbian manufacturers, such as Nokia, Samsung and Sony Ericsson, decided not to productise (use) Symbian^2 and are instead going straight to Symbian^3 from Symbian^1.” Read more here: