No quad-core processors for first-gen BlackBerry 10 devices

As the mobile device market becomes ever more saturated with increasingly similar devices, manufacturers are struggling to find new ways to differentiate their offerings from those of their rivals. While a new battleground has been established in software – with device makers now offering value-added services and exclusive apps to integrate with their hardware proposition – many new devices are being introduced as superlative in some way: the thinnest, the greenest, the lightest, and so on.

This struggle to nudge ahead of competitors by marginally besting them on specs has given rise to multicore processors in handsets, of course. But while dual-core processors are becoming more commonplace, quad-core CPUs remain relatively rare, especially in smartphones. Samsung’s new Galaxy S III will have one (in most markets, anyway) – and the same goes for HTC’s One X – but many are bucking the trend.

Research In Motion has positioned itself as a quad-core hold-out, all but confirming that it has no immediate plans to bring these processors to devices running its next-gen BlackBerry 10 operating system.

RIM’s senior vice-president for Software Product Management, Andrew Bocking, told TechRadar: “It’s interesting to see the dynamics between quad-core CPUs and dual-core CPUs, and really where the big value is beyond the spec itself in the overall user experience. What we’re seeing is that unless you’re going to have a lot of applications running that require the four core environment, it’s just a great spec to write on the spec sheet; it’s like saying I’ve got a V8.”

While RIM isn’t ruling out quad-core in the longer term, its immediate focus will be on dual-core processors, and Bocking mocked those who currently chase the four-core dream: “Certain vendors can only compete on spec, so quad-core makes a ton of sense for them. But we want to make sure the performance of our device is the best, and we will make sure we do the right thing for our users.”

While BlackBerry 10 testbed devices have already been made available to developers, the first production handsets aren’t expected to be announced until August, ahead of release in early October. A new device will be your only chance to get the BlackBerry 10 OS; RIM has confirmed that there will be no upgrade path to the new operating system from BlackBerry 7.


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Why is this a surprise? The chip they are using is clearly the Qualcomm MSM8960 with integrated LTE which has already been shown to hold its own in the AT&T HTC One X. Anyone blindingly parading for quad core, I've got a bridge to sell you.

I agree with those questioning the need for quad-core on their phone. I mean, it's obvious mobile technology is advancing rapidly, and I'm not one to go against the flow of things, but the BATTERY LIFE for phones clearly isn't improving at a rate capable of keeping up with this advancement. We need to come up with some good ideas and get them in motion because honestly, I'm dead sick of calling people with their fancy phones that are all dead or about to die.

dead.cell said,
I agree with those questioning the need for quad-core on their phone. I mean, it's obvious mobile technology is advancing rapidly, and I'm not one to go against the flow of things, but the BATTERY LIFE for phones clearly isn't improving at a rate capable of keeping up with this advancement. We need to come up with some good ideas and get them in motion because honestly, I'm dead sick of calling people with their fancy phones that are all dead or about to die.

Good news for you : RIM just applied for more mobile device fuel cell patents. I think they can pull something out of this for the BB10 release!
link : http://crackberry.com/rim-appl...le-device-fuel-cell-patents

That is totally like RIM, they offer devices with different type of hardware to satisfy a larger range of users.

Just like Bocking said, it's like having a big engine in your car, it's not essantial, the car will work fine with a normal engine, but you know you want one.

I think it will do the same thing with BB10 devices, even if the lower hardware devices have enought power to run everything smoothly, some will want the top model with the best hardware just for the show! That way, RIM is satisfying a larger range of users.

Seriously, enough with this quad core mania. It's not needed. You're not going to be playing Crysis on your smartphone or rendering an hour long video on it. The most intensive thing you could use your phone for is gaming, and for now two cores should be more than enough to keep it from lagging. What matters in this situation is the usability of the f***Ing device, not how many cores it has jammed into it or how many gigabytes of RAM it has, that will go to waste. As long as it runs smooth, that's all that matters to the end user. These kinds of specs would be needed only on a desktop/laptop, and probably a tablet.

zikalify said,
Microsoft was pushing it. BB10 will be DOA at this rate.

Why?

Do you REALLY need quad core CPU in your phone?

For a tablet then maybe you have a point.

I'm still using an 800Mhz single core CPU on a budget phone with full ICS hardware acceleration and it works perfectly fine.

I'd rather have dual core phone with good battery life than quad core phone so i can go oh look at the pretty graphics for about 20 minutes until the battery dies.

I use my phone as a phone. Its no good as a phone if the battery doesnt last because of quad core cpu.

bogas04 said,
I am still not convinced why do we need 4 cores on a mobile.
Unless we are talking about androids.

This, 2 should be more then fine. WP shows it can do fine on 1 core.
Altho i'd preferably see 2, like a 'weak' one thats for the OS itself (and only the OS), and 1 for apps and whatnot. So no matter what you do, the OS itself wont hang and lag as those single core androids (listening music and then you get an incomming call = laglaglag and hopefully you can answer before the other one hangs up)
Funny tho, as my old Nokia from 2004 or something, can easily listen to music... then i get a call, no lag there and i can take a picture while calling and listening to music, without much slowdown/lag.
while im pretty sure that the HTC device i was using, had ALLOT more power behind it. and it cant even do 1 of these tasks without noticeable lag. -.-

Edited by ShadowMajestic, May 11 2012, 10:04am :

Shadowzz said,

This, 2 should be more then fine. WP shows it can do fine on 1 core.
Altho i'd preferably see 2, like a 'weak' one thats for the OS itself (and only the OS), and 1 for apps and whatnot. So no matter what you do, the OS itself wont hang and lag as those single core androids (listening music and then you get an incomming call = laglaglag and hopefully you can answer before the other one hangs up)
Funny tho, as my old Nokia from 2004 or something, can easily listen to music... then i get a call, no lag there and i can take a picture while calling and listening to music, without much slowdown/lag.
while im pretty sure that the HTC device i was using, had ALLOT more power behind it. and it cant even do 1 of these tasks without noticeable lag. -.-

My 5800 XM still can play youtube videos without crashing (240p though) , music , calls , neowin , verge , and it also has talking tom ... Nokia devices do have a LOOOOOOOOOONG life.

bogas04 said,
I am still not convinced why do we need 4 cores on a mobile.
Unless we are talking about androids.

Not long ago most desktops were still single core, the idea of 4 cores in a phone is clearly stupid.