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Motorola may switch to Snapdragon S4 for future phones

updated 02:35 pm EDT, Mon April 16, 2012

Motorola Dinara seen using Snapdragon and not TI

Motorola might be making a fundamental shift from its loyalty to TI if an inadvertent GLBenchmark test run posting is an indicator. A phone known as the MB886, codenamed Qinara and possibly a reference to the Dinara has shown up using Qualcomm's MSM8960, or the same 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 chip as found in phones like HTC's One S. Motorola has used TI's OMAP and occasionally NVIDIA's Tegra 2 in its Android phones, suggesting a new direction in chip options.

Several other clues exist as to the hardware from the one glance. The Qinara is running Android 4.0.3 and has a fingerprint that mentions "att," where the Atrix line has made its exclusive home in the US. An unusual 1196x720 resolution points to the phone having a 720p display and using Android 4.0's on-screen navigation instead of hardware buttons that would give the full 1280 pixels of width during the benchmark.

Going to a Snapdragon is likely a sign the phone will use LTE, as AT&T and Motorola may want the on-chip 4G to improve battery life. AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon have all made a promise that at least their high-end smartphones, and in most cases all smartphones, will use LTE this year.

Any timing for the Qinara is still an unknown, although the S4 could be a sign of the phone launching relatively soon, possibly around mid-year. [via Blog of Mobile]

by MacNN Staff



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