The 2011 Consumer Electronics Show is viewed as the coming-out party for tablets and smartphones with dual-core processors.
The Motorola Droid Bionic smartphone, Atrix 4G mobile device as well as Motorola Xoom, all devices will be equipped with Nvidia Tegra 2 chips. It is expected that they will be available in the market in the next few months.
All the devices pack in two 1GHz processors on a single die. Just 15 months ago, the original Motorola Droid was equipped with a then-standard 550MHz chip. Later the Google Nexus One came with a 1GHz chip that is currently regarded as a new standard for Android based smartphones.
It was decided by eWeek to test the processing speeds of the Atrix 4G that will be released through AT&T in the first quarter as well as the Droid Bionic which will be sold by Verizon Wireless in the second quarter.
Many considered that the availability of dual-core will date the 1GHz mobile devices. Ken Dulaney, Gartner analyst was not so impressed and noted that dual-core is a foregone conclusion. He also added that it would be a surprise in case the iPhone 5 did not come with dual-core.
But Jack Gold, independent analyst, agrees that Apple will integrate dual-core into its next-generation handset. It is expected that we will be able to see a quad –core ARM chip in the next 12 to 18 months.
It is unknown what pricing such speedier mobile devices will get. It is expected that a faster processor will result in a price bump.
According to Sanjay Jha, Motorola Mobility CEO, the new handsets will be offered at competitive pricing.
In fact, Motorola is the first company that has unveiled dual-core smartphones. What is unclear to us is whether the company is going to set prices with contracts. Still we have to wait a couple of months and then the Motorola’s partners will roll out the prices for these new dual-core smartphones.