Motorola moving to Snapdragon S4 chips for their 2012 line?

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

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