The smartphone guts race just got a bit more interesting—dark horse Marvell has just outed the first ever 1.5GHz ARM tri-core mobile processor. The Armada 628 pairs two high-performance cores with one optimized for low-power.
The Armada 628 also supports 1080p 3D video, USB 3.0, and DDR3 memory, and can project images to two LCD displays at the same time. But the killer feature is the ability to switch to that power-sipping third core for less intensive tasks. That means more playback time and better battery life—two things any smartphone or tablet owner could always use more of.