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Snapdragon S4 Processor and Windows Phone 8: A Perfect Marriage

Jul 5, 2012

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Since the release of Windows Phone, Snapdragon processors have been the only hardware platform deemed worthy to support it. Inside every Window Phone 7 handset was either a Snapdragon™ S1 or S2 processor. This tight collaboration carries on with the release of Windows Phone 8. Microsoft’s commitment to Qualcomm as the platform’s exclusive chipset provider shows the unique benefits of Snapdragon processors for this popular operating system, and we’re excited for the opportunity it represents for the entire mobile ecosystem. These new Windows Phone 8 devices will be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 processors.

The new features of Windows Phone 8 are vast, and almost every single one is tied to a particular component within the Snapdragon S4 processor. As you know, the Snapdragon S4 processor is made up of a long list of capabilities. The general breakdown below will show you how Snapdragon processors help ensure that Windows Phone 8 will be the best Windows Phone version yet.

Low Power, High Performance - The S4 Processor is designed from the ground up for faster performance and energy efficiency to deliver long-lasting battery life. And now that Windows Phone 8 supports multi-core processing, it can take advantage of Snapdragon S4’s multi-core design. In other words, you can watch your favorite video, listen to music, stay connected with your friends and family, and game to your heart’s content.

4G LTE Web Browsing - Previous Windows Phones offered 4G LTE, delivering the fastest internet connection available in the world. The next wave of Windows Phone devices will not only have LTE, but will also be able to take advantage of all the other great features and capabilities integrated into the Snapdragon S4 processor. Having all the components under one roof means better battery life and overall user experience.

High-Definition - Within the Snapdragon S4 processor is a powerful graphics component that enables Windows Phone 8 devices to not only play the latest 3D games, but also drive HD videos and movies, high definition audio for amazing sound quality and support high resolution displays (720p) for a visually stunning experience.

Faster Location Services - The Snapdragon S4 processor features GPS and GLONASS, so you can access both satellite networks. Using two networks allows your Windows 8 phone to determine your location quickly, more accurately (within a 2 meters radius), and with fewer service interruptions. Now you can get seamless real time mapping and accurate location based services in a synch.

Cameras - the Snapdragon S4 can capture up to 20 megapixel images, 1080p video capture and has overall speed and image quality enhancements, including image stabilization.

Stay tuned for Windows Phone 8 devices from Nokia, Huawei, Samsung, and HTC.

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Francisco Cheng

Director, Technical Marketing