The new chips make use of Broadcom's VideoCore technology, which in effect offloads the phone's application processor. Broadcom says these ICS phones have the lowest power HD playback and camcorder capabilities up to 1080p. Rango says phones with these features will be available within six to nine months.
Also common to all three is the imaging, via Broadcom's latest Image Signal Processor. Changes include support for cameras up to 42 megapixels, capturing images in very low light, and a "wide dynamic range" for the sharpest images.
The SOC consolidation will make possible lower-priced phones, with the price by about one-half, to about $300 retail, Rango estimates in the second half of 2012.
John Cox covers wireless networking and mobile computing for Network World.
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