Friday, June 17, 2011

ARMs race makes smartphones beefier, will easily outperform a Wii

And the craziness in the smartphone sector just never stops. Apple's A5 processor which currently powers the iPad 2 is a dual-core 1GHz beast with new SGX graphics that is said to be 9x faster than the A4 chip currently powering the iPhone 4 and original iPad. Not to be outdone, Google's next Nexus 4G smartphone will play host to a dual-core 1.5GHz CPU and have 720p output. My Wii doesn't do 720p output. Samsung, which fabs its own ARM cores for their smartphones say they will have a dual-core 2GHz chip by the end of 2011.

At this rate, most high-end smartphones coming out by the end of this year will easily outperform Nintendo's Wii console, any version of the DS, and Sony's first generation PSP. Which begs the question of when we will start to see more serious games come out for these platforms. Someone needs to come up with a bluetooth gaming controller first though.

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