Qualcomm confirms 1.5GHz Snapdragon for late 2011

Qualcomm’s CEO, Paul Jacobs, has confirmed today that the chip giant is working on a 1.5GHz Snapdragon processor with plans to release it in late 2011.

The announcement was made at the Innovation Qualcomm event in London, where Jacobs said “we have a 1.5GHz processor coming,” which should see their way into a number of new smartphones and tablets, primarily of the Android variety.

Jacobs also said that the 1.2GHz Snapdragon processor it announced in June would appear in new devices within the first quarter of 2011.

Qualcomm was the first to release a 1GHz processor for mobile devices and many handset manufacturers used the Snapdragon processor to boost speeds over the main rival, Apple’s iPhone, which at the time was still at half that speed. HTC chose it for the successful Desire and Droid Incredible and also used it for Google’s self-branded Nexus One, making it a kind of flagship processor for the Android market.

HTC planned to get dual-core 2GHz smartphones on the market by the end of the year, with speculation surfacing that a new phone called the HTC Glacier would tout one of Qualcomm’s new dual-core processors by the end of 2010, which was when Qualcomm originally planned to have its 1.5GHz processor out.

This now appears unlikely, with both of the new Snapdragon processors pushed back to a 2011 release, which may mean delays for HTC or the possibility of a different chip partner.

In the presentation it was suggested that the new processor would be available in early 2011, perhaps even launching at the Mobile World Congress 2011 event in Barcelona in February, but it was later confirmed to Recombu that Qualcomm made a mistake with the date given and it would in fact release in late 2011 instead.