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Qualcomm Brings out the Mid-Range Big Guns, Introduces the Quad-Core Snapdragon 400

June 3, 2013 - Written By Alexander Maxham

Today, Qualcomm has announced a new version of their Snapdragon 400 processor. Qualcomm has put together a Snapdragon 400 processor that’s quad-core. That’s right, the same processor from the DOA HTC First, has graduated from dual-core to quad-core.

The new 8926 quad-core variant will deliver more processing power along with support for LTE, and HSPA+ 42mbps networks (such as T-Mobile), TD-SCDMA support for the Chinese market and dual-SIM configurations with dual standby and dual active functions. This is also in addition to the Miracast wireless connectivity, Qualcomm’s VIVE 802.11ac wireless, Bluetooth, FM, NFC along with QuickCharge. The 8926 chip also has been certified as compatible with Windows Phone 8 and Android platforms.

We should be seeing a new reference device coming out of Qualcomm this year. This chip itself should be available to manufacturers before the end of 2013. Qualcomm says in their press release that there are more than 200 public QRD-based product launches to date in collaboration with more than 40 OEMs, and there are also currently more than 100 designs in process. This chip also includes graphics-rich gaming experience and provides Miracast streaming. Which is only supported with a few devices so far, but should be hitting more devices soon.

Qualcomm should be getting ready to ship these quad-core Snapdragon 400 processors in the next couple of months or so. Unlike the Snapdragon 800, these chips are closer to release date. So mid-range devices coming out next year should be featuring this chip or another mid-range chip. Possibly from MediaTek since they have been trying to get in the market as well.

How many of you would try out a  mid-range device with a Snapdragon 400 quad-core chip? Let us know in the comments down below.