It feels like Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chipset is everywhere at CES this year. HP has been showing off a prototype device based on the platform. Lenovo is showing the Skylight smartbook and IdeaPad U1 Hybrid with Snapdragon. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
The 1GHz chip can handle HD video playback, supports GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth, and 3G, and features always-connected capabilities so that you can receive incoming emails, IMs, and other messages on a device even while you’re in standby mode. In other words, it brings a lot of the features you’d expect from a smartphone to a smartbook.
But Qualcomm isn’t stopping with the current generation. Hexus reports that a 1.3GHz version is in the works, as is a dual core 1.5GHz version that supports 1080p HD video playback.
Like the current generation Snapdragon chipset, the new version will be available for use in phones, tablets, and smartbooks.