A report from South Korea quoting a high ranking Samsung employee has claimed that the manufacturer is planning to release a smartphone powered by a dual-core 2GHz CPU some time in 2012.
Way back in Janaury, we saw the birth of the “superphone” when nVidia and LG launched the Optimus 2X, which was the world’s first dual-core phone. Since then we’ve seen quite a few more dual-core phone including the HTC Sensation, Motorola Atrix and even Samsung’s own Galaxy S II. Indeed the Galaxy S II, along with the Sensation, currently boast the highest clock speed for a mobile CPU at 1.2GHz. Now however, South Korean search engine, Daum, has reported that Samsung will be bringing the power of a desktop to your smartphone. "We are planning to release a 2GHz dual core CPU-equipped smartphone by next year," said a high-ranking official from the company. "This product will have the data processing capacities of a regular PC."
Most desktops these days shipping with CPUs between 3-4GHz, and the new mobile CPU from Samsung promises data processing capabilites of 4GHz. In further news Daum is reporting that the chip will be released under the Exynos brand and that Samsung is considering selling the chip to other phone manufacturers. Considering that software has yet to really catch up with the new superphone hardware, we wonder why Samsung would feel the need to push the mobile CPU speeds by so much. However, a CPU with that speed could well make smartphones – and more especially tablets – a lot more attractive to business users as viable desktop and laptop replacements.
We will have to wait and see what Samsung, and no doubt nVidia, Apple and all other chip manufacturers have in store for the next 12 months. What we do want to know though is what this new generation of phones are going to be called if the phones we have now are superphones? So far, our favourite title is “megaphones” but let us know what you think in the comments.