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Qualcomm's quad-core Snapdragon S4 plays games, Smart TV reference design does multitasking

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Qualcomm showed its quad-core Snapdragon S4 processor in reference devices at Computex 2012.

quad-core snapdragon s4 qualcomm smart tv
quad-core snapdragon s4 qualcomm smart tv

At Computex, Qualcomm demoed Windows RT on a dual-core Snapdragon S4 reference tablet, but there was also more powerful silicon to be found: the company's quad-core Snapdragon S4 APQ8064 and MPQ8064 were to be found playing games and slinging TV frames as well. As a result, we've got video demonstrations of both Qualcomm's Smart TV reference platform and the upcoming game Reign of Amira running on Android 4.0.

Don't pay any attention to that Samsung logo in the Smart TV video, as it's just a standard TV set connected via HDMI to a box elsewhere in the room, but do note the side-by-side multitasking the set's capable of doing using an adapted version of OnSkreen's Cornerstone framework. We're not sure when, precisely, we'll see the quad-core chips make their way into these devices, but Qualcomm says the chips should be ready this month, and the Lenovo K91 Smart TV started shipping in China last month with a dual-core version of the SoC.