More chips in more mobiles...
Almost half of all smartphones will be packing multicore chips in four years' time, according to a report by Strategy Analytics - bringing a mass of high-performance, low-power-consumption handsets to market.
The analyst house believes multicore processors will be gracing 45 per cent of smartphones by 2015, rising from 15 per cent of handsets this year.
Multicore will be a key differentiating factor for handsets and chipmakers from a marketing and technical perspective, the analyst said in its latest Handset Component Technologies report.
"ARM's Cortex-A9, Cortex-A5 and Cortex-A15 and Intel's x86 architectures will contribute to the proliferation of multicore processors in smartphones," noted Stuart Robinson, director of the Strategy Analytics handset component technologies service, in a statement.
Mobile maker LG unveiled what it described as the world's first dual-core smartphone, the LG Optimus 2X, late last year, while Motorola announced a pair of dual-core handsets earlier this month: the Atrix and the Droid Bionic. The dual-core Optimus 2X and the Atrix are due to launch in the UK in the coming months.
Analysts have suggested quad-core smartphones could also emerge this year.