Samsung makes its own processors for its mobile devices. An example is the Galaxy S2 with its Samsung-made Exynos 1.2 GHz dual-core Cortex-A9 processor under the hood. Its upcoming Galaxy S3 is said to sport Samsung’s quad-core Exynos quad-core processor, which benchmark results have beaten everyone else including Apple’s A5X chip found on the new iPad as well as the Tegra 3 by NVIDIA found on the HTC One X. Now, HTC is said to do the same. China Times reports that the Taiwanese phone giant is planning to partner up with ST-Ericsson in a bid to create its own processor for low-end handsets.
Since Samsung creates processors for its devices in-house, it enjoys control over costing and the production of this hardware. HTC’s partnership with ST-Ericsson plans to do the same in the low-end market. The result will be more affordable devices on a budget from the Taiwanese company. This would also mean that HTC would be cutting down on the processors it purchases from chip maker Qualcomm.
Previously, HTC announced that it would be focusing more on the high-end market. The result was its 2012 One series consisting of phones such as the dual-core One S and the quad-core superphone the One X. However, we all know that emerging markets is a market HTC cannot ignore.
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