Google IO 2016 Coverage

Broadcom Brings a New, Affordable Dual-Core Chip to Market

We’ve been anticipating dual-core processors in our phones for a while now, and we’re starting to see that becoming a reality. CES is just over two weeks away, and we expect to see some dual-core phones up close and personal. And the newest entry into the race is Broadcom’s BCM2157.

Built off the ARM11 500MHz processor, this dual-core chip promises support for:

  • Mobile hotspot
  • Android 2.2 (Froyo)
  • 3G modems
  • Multi-touch screens
  • 5MP cameras
  • Dual-Sim technology
  • The best thing about this chip is that it’s aimed at a price point that makes it ideal for the mid-range and entry-level devices. While the 500MHz speed is at first a little disappointing, when you consider that it’s dual-core, it should still be able to deliver a very strong multi-tasking experience. And bringing dual-core power to the lower-end devices is an admirable goal, for certain.

    Stick around, and we’ll keep you posted on the first phone to use these new chips. But between Broadcom’s new offering, the Tegra 2, and Samsung’s Orion CPU, it’s very likely that we’ll see dual-core phones become the standard for new phones launching early next year.

    [via IntoMobile]