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Qualcomm’s next chip tipped with ten processor cores

Qualcomm might be developing a mobile chip that uses 10 processor cores.

According to STJS Gadgets, a Qualcomm insider revealed that the company’s upcoming Snapdragon 818 will be a deca-core chip.

The system-on-a-chip will reportedly be split into the following composition: four low-power 1.2GHz Cortex-A53 cores, two mid-range 1.6GHz Cortex-A53 cores, and four high-power 2.0GHz Cortex-A72 cores.

The Cortex-A72 cores are new designs from ARM, and are set to appear in many of this year’s high-end smartphones.

Several features of the Snapdragon 818 were also listed, including the fact that it will use a flagship-grade Adreno 532 graphical processing unit.

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The news is particularly interesting, because just last week MediaTek announced it was readying up its own deca-core chip.

Dubbed the Helio X20, the chip will use a slightly different core formation that its purported Snapdragon 818 rival.

The Helio X20 has four 1.4GHz Cortex-A53 cores, four 2.0GHz Cortex-A57 cores, and two 2.5GHz Cortex-A72 cores.

Once again, we must ask the question: do we really need ten processor cores on a smartphone?

Many of this year’s devices have already ventured into octa-core territory, but even that may be overkill.

Normal smartphone tasks require effort from a single processor core. With heftier apps, developers include support for multi-threading. This means the app can make use of two or more cores.

Currently, most apps don’t support multi-threading across more than four cores.

Do you think we need a deca-core mobile chip, or are chip-makers putting too much onus on chipset spec sheets? Let us know in the comments.

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