There should be two reactions to this stunning news. The first: cool. The second: but why?
The ‘cool’ part is that Texas Instruments (or TI as it likes to call itself these days) has used 3GSM to demonstrate the first mobile phone processor capable of playing back video in 720p high definition.
Called the ‘OMAP3430’, it is the flagship in a new series of OMAP 3 CPUs and also – rather remarkably – includes support for OpenGL ES 2.0 for 3D graphics acceleration meaning the world of mobile gaming should be due a massive upgrade. Arrival date? Sometime in early 2008 says the company.
Of course the ‘but why?’ part in all of this lies in the size of screen you will likely be watching your 720p video on. Three inches (or even five inches if you include the HTC X7500) isn’t going to show you the flaws in video at much lower resolutions than 720p so cranking it up to 1280 x 720 seems, well… completely pointless.
That said, technology needs to march forward and hey – what if someone finally comes up with a viable unfolding screen or mini projection and the CPU technology isn’t up to scratch whose fault is that going to be? No longer TI’s.