Qualcomm has been among the most successful chip manufacturer as of late, but I don’t think many of you can name more than a couple of their products. The Snapdragon brand name is all fine, but the different chipsets within the family were so confusingly named that you couldn’t tell which one has a high-end dual core CPU and which is designed for the run-of-the-mill handsets.
Luckily, the company has finally decided to do something about it and from now instead of all the MSM, APQ and QSD madness we will be seeing just one number to indicate a chipset class allegiance.
S1 Snapdragons will be the most basic ones with one CPU core, clocked at up to 1GHz and a GPU no better than Adreno 200. The S2 chipsets will feature a 1.4GHz single-core CPU and Adreno 205 graphics, while S3 is where the dual-core fun will begin. S4 is reserved for future devices.
So from now on you will be able to tell how good a Qualcomm chipset is without the need to decipher complex codes with the help of Google. Our brethren, tech journalists, will probably sigh with relief too.