Counterclockwise: looking back at the ever growing CPU core count of mobile chipsets

July 30th, 2017   decode   Android 7.1

Home computers went through a megahertz war and smartphone manufacturers did not learn from that mistake. As early as January 2009 the pocket rockets crossed the 1GHz mark – the Toshiba TG01 got there first. It had a single Scorpion core in its Snapdragon S1 chipset paired with 256MB RAM. It seemed downright excessive at the time.

Even feature phones had climbing clock speeds, the Samsung Jet got up to 800MHz that same year, later phones like the Nokia C3-01 (from 2010) got up to a full gigahertz.

Toshiba TG01 • Samsung S8000 Jet • Nokia C3-01 Touch and Type

As with Intel’s…

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