Given the success of the original snapdragon processor that is powering such revered devices as the HTC Desire, Google Nexus One, and Dell Streak , you could forgive Qualcomm for taking its foot off the gas. Not a chance!
As we were suspecting the company has just announced it is producing dual-core versions of Snapdragon that will clock at up to 1.2GHz. The MSM8260, which is for HSDPA+, and MSM8660, for multi-mode HSPA+/CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Rev. B, will both feature two CPU cores and include a GPU with both 3D and 2D acceleration engines, a video encoder/decoder with support for up to 1080p video, integrated GPS, and support for 24-bit WXGA 1280 x 800 resolution displays. All of which sounds rather impressive.
Obviously the first question is whether these will actually be used in smartphones or if they're going to be too powerful, and thus too power-hungry. Qualcomm was adamant that these would find their way into smartphone-like devices but we still suspect these are going to be of the larger Dell Streak persuasion rather than something that would replace the HTC Legend for instance. Smartphones aside, though, these chips do bode rather well for the rapidly expanding tablet market.
Sadly, the company wouldn't even let us see a chip - the above image is of an existing chip - let alone a device running it so quite what level of multi-tasking goodness we can expect is anyone's guess. There was, however, talk of an even faster version of the chip coming later in the year - a 1.5GHz dual-core, maybe - but again no details.