Qualcomm: 20 dual-core Snapdragon slates coming in 2011

Qualcomm: 20 dual-core Snapdragon slates coming in 2011Nvidia may have had the dual-core mobile arena largely to itself so far, but rival Qualcomm promises it won't stay that way for long.

Speaking at Mobile World Congress, Qualcomm boss Paul Jacobs revealed that at least 20 new tablets running a dual-core Snapdragon chip will hit the market in the next year to counter the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Tab and LG Optimus Pad, which both run Nvidia technology.

Until recently, Qualcomm's Snapdragon was the de facto high-end chip favoured by many phone and tablet makers. But that was before Nvidia's dual-core Tegra 2 muscled in on the scene to deliver a whole new level of performance.

However, Qualcomm insists it wasn't caught napping at all, and had simply been taking the time to find the right balance between multi-core power and low battery consumption. And now that the balance had been reached, Jacobs said, the devices will follow.

Jacobs also revealed that Qualcomm had signed a deal with HTC to develop next-gen multi-core devices, no doubt to start appearing towards the end of the year. HTC is notable in being one of the few smartphone big-hitters not to have gone dual-core yet. Now it seems we know the reason why.

Having seen Nvidia announce its quad-core Kal-El chip technology at MWC, Qualcomm responded by announcing its own quad-core solution, the Snapdragon APQ8064. When we'll get to see it in action, however, is anyone's guess.

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