Qualcomm confirms massive profits and revenue for Q4 2012

News Richard Goodwin 09:30, 8 Nov 2012

Qualcomm has posted some rather impressive Q4 results, confirming the company’s dominant position in the mobile chip-making space

Qualcomm, the creator of the market-dominating Snapdragon S4 chipset, has posted its Q4 financial results, confirming huge revenues and excellent profit margins. 

Qualcomm posted revenues of $4.87 billion for Q4 2012 and a profit of $1.27 billion for the quarter. That’s a 20 per cent year-on-year increase and a five per cent bump over the previous quarter. 

Looking at the figures reveals the extent of Qualcomm’s successes in the mobile space over the past several years, with the company commanding $43 billion in assets and a $9.4 billion in liabilities. 

The company’s next-generation S4 Snapdragon Pro chipset, a devastatingly fast setup that you can read more about here, will become commonplace inside handsets and tablets as we move towards the first quarter of 2013. 

Google’s Nexus 4 is one of the first handsets to carry Qualcomm’s new super-chipset, but there’ll be plenty more from RIM, Sony, and HTC during the next few quarters. 

RIM’s upcoming fleet of BlackBerry 10 handsets are also expected to run Qualcomm S4 Pro setups, although it’s unclear whether they’ll be the dual or quad-core variety at present. No doubt more will become clear in the early stages of Q1 2013 in the run up to BB10's rollout.  

Qualcomm’s 28nm Snapdragon S4 is the market’s current leader for performance, power efficiency, and on-die technology. With the S4 Pro, Qualcomm has ratcheted up performance even further as well as introducing its brand new Adreno 320 GPU. 

We’ve thoroughly tested the chipset out, comparing it to Nvidia’s Tegra 3 setup, and can strongly reaffirm that no one else, at least for the time being, makes better mobile chipsets than the Big Q. 

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