Qualcomm announces Quad-core Snapdragon S4 Play MSM8225Q and MSM8625Q chipsets


Qualcomm, the company behind the popular Snapdragon product line has unveiled two new additions to its Snapdragon S4 Play processor series. The two SoCs being midrange variants do however offer a certain level of performance compared to previous implementations. The MSM8225Q & MSM8625Q both feature a quad core ARM Cortex-A5 processor with the Adreno 203 graphics and can both be dynamically clocked between 1.0-1.2GHz depending on manufacturer configurations.

They are both built on the 45nm node manufacturing process and have LPDDR2 memory like most SoCs but also pack an integrated modem, the MSM8225Q  for instance supports UMTS (GSM, GPRS, EDGE, HSPA) while the MSM8625Q natively supports CDMA/UMTS (GSM, GPRS, EDGE, HSPA, 1xRev.A, 1xEV-DO Rev.A/B). Both processors enable Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and FM connectivity using the Qualcomm Atheros AR6005 and WCN2243 chips.

Those two new ‘Q’ variants are target midrange devices while offering extra bandwidth for a lower power consumption. The new processors will finally introduce 720p support fro low end devices (something that was lacking with previous Cortex-A5 SoCs) and those will be ready before the end of this year & will be featured in new products arriving in early 2013. Those should finally introduce the quad core ‘sensation’ to people on budget while still maintaining a decent level of performance.