The PR team at Qualcomm is in overdrive today after CEO Paul Jacobs inadvertently announced that its dual-core 1.5GHZ Snapdragon processor would debut in products starting in Q1 2011. The announcement came as Jacobs was delivering a presentation at IQ 2010, an event hosted by Qualcomm. In response to this exciting revelation, Qualcomm’s stock went up and the PR team went on alert.
While exciting, the information Jacobs delivered was regrettably incorrect. It is the 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor that is slated to debut in Q1 2011, not the 1.5GHz processor. Though not as impressive as 1.5GHz, the 1.2GHz dual-core MSM8260 and MSM8660 processors are still robust and include a 3D/2D accelerated GPU, 1080P video encode and decode, low power GPS, and support for a 24-bit WXGA display with 1280×800 resolution. Sweet!
Unfortunately, the opportunity to own a smartphone with a CPU speed that equals, and in some cases surpasses, an entry-level netbook is still a year away. As previously suggested, the faster 1.5GHz processor from Qualcomm will land with OEMs for sampling at the end of this year and will debut in devices starting in Q3-4 2011. Oh well, as Tom Petty would croon in a raspy voice, the waiting is the hardest part.