Motorola moving to Snapdragon S4 chips for their 2012 line?

Daniel Bader

April 16, 2012 3:58pm


Motorola has been fairly quiet since its RAZR launch in November, and they’re due for a follow-up to their various devices. While they just released the Droid 4 in the States, along with the Droid MAXX, it seems that the Google-owned company is testing a new line of phones. They also have the unannounced Atrix 3 that we spied a few months ago.

What’s significant about the discovery is that the new device, codenamed Qinara, is running a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor clocked at 1.5Ghz. This is the same chip that is about the grace the Rogers HTC One X and various other high-end Androids in the coming months. And though Motorola has traditionally been aligned with Texas Instruments OMAP processors, the move to Qualcomm would signify a push to add LTE to their devices.

While Motorola has certainly released LTE-powered phones before (the Droid RAZR on Verizon is one such handset), Qualcomm’s MSM8960 SoC is the first on the market with integrated LTE baseband, lowering battery usage and power consumption.

The device currently has AT&T branding and has a resolution of 1196×720, which would mean that it is a 720p with Google’s on-screen buttons. At the moment it’s running Android 4.0.3 but could be updated to 4.0.4 before it is released.

We’ll bring you more as soon as we know it.

Via: Droid-Life

  • bob

    The snapdragon S4 is a great chip and is available now.
    TI better act quickly.

  • MrToronto1

    Good time to buy Qualcomm shares.

  • Watsan

    With the rise in LTE devices, it’s nice to see chipsets with a more power efficient design. Having a razr with an average battery life, I can only imagine what LTE would be like on it. I look forward to having a next gen phone that doesn’t leave me worried whenever I’ve left the house for periods at a time without my charger.

    Powerhouse chipsets with respectable battery consumption- so much win!

  • Dalex

    Droid RAZR MAXX battery + HD screen + LTE + S4 chip that has LTE on the SOC?

    Sounds like a win to me…

    • Joy

      Yeah and they would lock the bootloader and ruin everything . Look at xoom , Defy , Milestone official forums . They completely left the consumers unheard of the fact that they need unlocked bootloaders .

    • FIRZEN

      locked bootloader isn’t really that big of a deal. great batter life > unlocked bootloaders. honestly, when the phones start becoming faster and faster there is less of a need to run custom ROMs and tweak kernels. Back then we rooted to enhance the phone, but the newer versions of Android and new phones are already becoming more customizable.