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Snapdragon S4 Processor

The S4 Snapdragon processor you will find in the more high-end mobile phones, unlike the Snapdragon 200 which is mainly for the budget market. The Snapdragon S4 is good for most the demanding applications, including 1080p HD videos, visually intensive 3D games and video, as well as High-Definition video conferencing.

You will note that mobile phones which do use the Snapdragon S4 that it may offer the following features:

  • Dual and Quad core configurations
  • Multimode 4G LTE modem
  • High-definition 1080 video playback
  • Integrated HDMI
  • High-resolution 1920p X 1080p
  • Dolby 7.1 surround sound audio
  • Onboard Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, FM radio, and precision GNSS
  • Up to 20 Megapixel camera support
The following mobile phones make use of the Snapdragon S4 chipset:

The Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8960 has a processor that performs very well and above average compared to others. The average clock speed  1.3 GHz. The processor is usually a dual core processor and is much better at multitasking on the mid-rang mobile phone which has many multimedia options. The Snapdragon S4 makes use of the Harvard architecture and the processor has a separate Level 1 instruction and data cache. This is usually better than a unified cache.

Note that this processor is based on the Reduced Instruction Set Computing (RISC) design strategy enabling instructions to execute faster, as opposed to the Complex Instruction Set Computing (CISC) design strategy, which is well known to generally be slower at executing, mainly due to lengthy instructions. The Krait cores offer a slightly better performance as the standard Cortex-A9 cores and are compatible to the NEON SIMD extensions.

Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8227

Primary CPU Qualcomm Krait
Word Length 32 bit
Data Bus 32 bit
GPU Qualcomm Adreno 305
Technical Specifications CPU Architecture Harvard L1 Instruction Cache 16 KB/Core L1 Data Cache 16 KB/Core L2 Cache 1,024 KB/Core
Digital signal microprocessor Hexagon QDSP6 500MHz
Mobile Signals
  • CDMA
  • CDMA
  • EDGE
  • GPRS
  • GSM
  • HSDPA
  • HSPA+
  • HSUPA
  • MBMS
  • UMTS
Component Interfaces Display Support
RAM Interface LPDDR2 SDRAM
Primary Camera 13.5 MP
Video Encoding 720p
Video Decoding 720p
Display Resolution 854 x 480 pixels
GPS Module gpsOneGen 8A with GLONASS

The Snapdragon S4 Processor offers performance with low power consumption and lower heat generation. The chips have been used extensively in the Lumia range of mobile phones from Nokia for this reason. Search this website for more details on your next mobile phone.

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