Quad-Core Processors Becoming the Gold Standard

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2012-05-07 Print this article Print


5. Single-carrier support

Interestingly, Apple is one of the few companies nowadays that offers a single device on multiple carrier networks. The iPhone 4S is available to AT&T, Verizon and Sprint customers. However, the models of some of its chief competitors such as Samsung and Motorola are only offered on a single carrier. It's an ironic move, and something Apple is capitalizing on.

6. Cheaper prices

When the Nokia Lumia 900 launched for $99.99, it surprised many industry observers who thought that the device would come in at the iPhone 4S' $199 price tag. However, other prominent devices are also launching at rather low prices this year. The Samsung Focus 2 is on sale for just $50. At CTIA this week, a host of other prominent devices are expected to surface with similarly low price tags. It's an interesting shift.

7. Quad-core processors

When the Samsung Galaxy S III was unveiled on May 3, the handset maker said the device would ship with the quad-core Exynos processor. It's one of many devices that are expected to offer a quad-core processor this year. Whereas last year was the year of dual-core chips, this is the year of quad-core.

8. Near-field communication

With Google Wallet offering mobile payments, every Android-based device launching this year comes with the ability to make payments remotely. When Isis, a mobile-payment solution sponsored by wireless carriers, launches later this year, even more devices will support this service. There's even talk of Apple bringing NFC to the iPhone 5. Near-field communication is a hot feature this year.

9. Oddly, 32GB of storage

Interestingly, most of the big-time devices launching this year are shipping with 32GB of onboard storage. The Galaxy S III, for example, comes with that storage amount, and Apple is expected by some to ditch the 16GB option and start off its iPhone at 32GB. It appears storage requirements are on the rise, but are smartphone users actually running low on storage capacity?

10. Improved cameras

As digital cameras become more powerful, those built into smartphones do, as well. In fact, an increasing number of devices this year are launching with high-powered features, including 8 megapixels and an improved auto-focus lens, that make many folks think twice about snapping images on anything other than their smartphones. Improved cameras are becoming a key component in smartphones nowadays.

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Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Gearlog.com. Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for CNET.com, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at http://twitter.com/donreisinger.

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