Shoppers don’t know it, but one of the most important features to look for in a smartphone is the one they can’t see.  What am I talking about?  The phone’s processor.  A nimble, fast, and efficient processor is one of the  key ingredients in a top notch smartphone.  Without one a smartphone can feel sluggish, cumbersome, and in all likelihood exude a battery life that is subpar.

That’s why you should look under the proverbial hood when you begin to look for a new handset this summer.  If you find Qualcoom’s new line of processors, either the Snapdragon 600 or 800, then you need not look any further.  Both feature faster CPUs, higher performance graphics, and lower power usage.  That means quicker page loads, a longer battery life, and video that doesn’t stutter or back down at the face of high definition.

The Snapdragon S4 Pro, found in the Nexus 4 (an excellent found I might add), will be supplanted by the 600 processor.  It’s said to lead the industry in performance and battery efficiency.  But what you’ll really care about is the Snapdragon 800.  This processor is a powerhouse.  It offers unparalleled performance that includes integrated LTE and 802.11c connectivity, HD audio support, ultra HD (4K) video capture, and an all together 75% better performance than the Snapdragon S4.

Unfortunately, I don’t know what phones will support these processors, but expect them to arrive as early as summer 2013.

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Christen Costa

Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."