Qualcomm has revealed what's in store for the Snapdragon platform, which powers Google's Nexus One smartphone, among other things. By the end of January, the 45nm 1.3GHz Snapdragon 8X50A will be available to manufacturers, and should be appearing in products by the end of 2010 - but where things get really exciting is the move to dual-core.

By the end of 2010, the Snapdragon 8X72 will be available, with two Scorpion cores clocked at 1.5GHz. Luis Pineda, SVP of product management for Qualcomm CDMA Technologies, says the 8X72 is suitable for smartphones and smartbooks, and will be capable of driving a 1080p display.

The concept of having a smartphone with more grunt than the netbook I was using exclusively for work until very recently has me more excited than the rest of the developments I've seen from CES 2010 so far - the only question remaining is whether battery technology can keep up with the ever-increasing power demands of smartphones (and smartphone users).

Via Hexus