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Of course, Samsung will give Nvidia a run for its money, with phones powered by Samsung's own Exynos quad-core processor. The Galaxy S III could hit shelves as early as April, we hear. Qualcomm, in the meantime, forecasts that phones with its quad-core Snapdragon processor will ship in time for the 2012 holiday season. Challenges aheadJust because a chipmaker promises mind-blowing performance doesn't mean that the processor can sustain it over the lifetime of your phone. That's why benchmarking tests and real-world observations are so important for performance geeks.

There's more engineering that goes into a multicore processor than just the CPU and GPU, and that's another way that iphone case 6 7 chipmakers like Samsung, Qualcomm, and Nvidia compete, How do you add cores without increasing the size of the chip, and therefore the phone? How do you make sure the additional cores don't overheat the phone? Building-block components like transistors need to get smaller and more efficient, which takes time and a healthy dose of Moore's Law, Then, engineers have to figure out things like how to position the components for the best results, and code the drivers and software needed to control processing tasks, Nvidia, for instance, has added a smaller fifth core to Tegra 3, which operates at a lower lever (500MHz versus 1.5Ghz) to complete tasks while the device idles, without firing up the big guns of the other, more-powerful processing cores..

Even if a brand does get ahead, there's always the danger that anticipation for the next, better thing will slow sales sooner than you expect. Nvidia's dual-core, Tegra 2 contributions may have been first to market, but sales have halted in preparation for adopting Tegra 3, leaving the chipmaker warning investors to lower their expectations. For speed demons, that's a good sign. Slower sales, after all, will make way for quad-core smartphones to eventually proliferate, and to beat the pants off your single-core, or even dual-core Android phone.

Editors' note: Article updated January 25, 2012, at 11:29 a.m, to correct details regarding Nvidia's "Wayne" and "Logan" builds, Well-timed product leaks have tipped the manufacturers' hand that quad-core smartphones will come at us fast and furious next month, Here's what we should see, and why it matters, This year's Consumer Electronics Show may not have produced much in the way of iphone case 6 7 quad-core Android phones, save one Fujitsu-made Android prototype that was encased and untouchable, but make no mistake: this is their year..

Thanks to abundant and well-defined product leaks, we have strong expectations for next month's Mobile World Congress (MWC). Thanks to quad-core devices already in existence, like the Asus Transformer Prime tablet, we also have a real-world example of just how big a performance leap we'll see between dual-core and quad-core speeds. Be respectful, keep it civil and stay on topic. We delete comments that violate our policy, which we encourage you to read. Discussion threads can be closed at any time at our discretion.