The new Qualcomm MSM7227A ARM Cortex-A5 processor is reaching the cheap Shenzhen based Smartphones market. This ARM Cortex-A5 processor might benchmark even above some ARM Cortex-A8 processors yet is targetted for the cheap smartphones market!
Possibly the cheapest Tegra2 phone in ZTE Mimosa X and a likely affordable MSM7227A ARM Cortex-A5 device in the ZTE Acqua.
LG unveils this new huge awesome LG Optimus Vu phone. Here’s an overview of some of its crazy features. Big phone yeah!
Here’s a video showing the screen quality and size differences between the LG Optimus Vu, Samsung Galaxy Note and Samsung Galaxy Nexus.
4.3″ WVGA Super AMOLED, Qualcomm S4 Krait MSM8960 1.5Ghz Dual-core processor.
3.7″ WVGA Unibody HTC phone with the Qualcomm 1Ghz processor.
Here’s the new flagship Sony Android phone. With a 4.3″ 720p screen, a Dual-core Qualcomm S3 MSM8260 1.5Ghz processor.
Sony presents their new range of Xperia NXT Android Smartphones, S with 4.3″ 720p screen Qualcomm MSM8260 processor, P with 4″ QHD BrightWhite screen ST-Ericsson U9500 Dual-core ARM Cortex-A9, and U with a 3.5″ FWVGA screen interactive LED lights and ST-Ericsson U9500.
Anandtech got their hands on the 28nm Qualcomm S4 Krait MSM8960 Dual-core 1.5Ghz reference development platform running Android 4 Ice Cream Sandwich and they put it through some benchmark tests posted here. It looks to be extremely fast! Consider benchmarks aren’t always relevant nor reliable to measure performance, some setups can be more optimized to look better on benchmark. Actual in-app and in-use performance is what counts and can be hard to measure. This new Qualcomm 28nm processor looks awesome though, look forward to lots more Qualcomm S4 Krait MSM8960 video-coverage here on ARMdevices.net this coming week as plenty of new phones and tablets are likely to be shown using this processor at Mobile World Congress!
You can see a couple of my MSM8960 videos filmed last month at CES:
Lenovo IdeaTab S2110, Android ICS Qualcomm Krait MSM8960 Tablet with Keyboard Dock
Qualcomm S4 MSM8960 Tablet Gaming performance
- Qualcomm Krait S4 SoC fully benchmarked, diagnosed as ‘insane’ (engadget.com)
- Qualcomm’s dual-core Snapdragon S4 sets new performance benchmark (theverge.com)
- Snapdragon S4 tests show Qualcomm pushing boundaries (slashgear.com)
There has been false rumors going around the web for the past 2-3 months, spread by Mary-Jo Foley of ZDnet and Paul Thurrot of winsupersite.com, that somehow Windows 8 on ARM wouldn’t be getting Desktop mode and full Desktop apps. Those rumors are wrong. In the following video, Microsoft demonstrates (again) how Windows 8 on ARM is going to come with a full Desktop mode with full Desktop apps such as Internet Explorer and Office.
The question of course is how does Microsoft plan to support more Desktop apps on ARM. For example, can we install a full Chrome browser on Windows 8 on ARM, how about apps like Photoshop and Ulead video studio? I expect Microsoft to have support for some recompiled desktop ARM apps in Windows store and support for PC over IP remote desktop for some x86 apps that can work smoothly over remote desktop which I expect Windows Azure to host as a cloud service.
To simplify compatibility, Microsoft is promoting the new Metro style HTML5 based apps system. Sure enough, Metro style apps all work on ARM and x86. But I am also sure that Microsoft carefully plans to also allow recompiled desktop apps on Windows 8 on ARM, they will for sure provide recompilation tools, specifications for use on PCoIP protocols, even partly use some parts of emulation and an ARM based Virtualization hypervisor.
- Microsoft provides details on Windows 8 on ARM (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- ARM-powered Windows 8 devices will likely support desktop apps (bgr.com)
- Windows 8 will debut on ARM tablets at launch (news.cnet.com)
- Windows 8 on ARM: The Desktop Plot Thickens (pcworld.com)
- Windows 8 on ARM should keep traditional desktop (electronista.com)
- Door Open to Windows 8 Desktop Apps on ARM (gizmodo.co.uk)
- Updated: Windows 8 tablets: what you need to know (techradar.com)
- Windows 8 on ARM: The desktop is still there – ZDNet (blog) (zdnet.com)
- Windows 8 Consumer Preview Event Set for Feb. 29 (mashable.com)
- Desktop apps may run on Win8 for ARM after all… maybe (engadget.com)
- Windows 8 Consumer Preview to debut at Mobile World Congress (intomobile.com)
- Windows 8 ARM version may still include a desktop mode (slashgear.com)
- Windows 8 ARM edition will include Office 15 and desktop mode (theverge.com)