Rumor: Microsoft testing dual-core Snapdragon S4s with LTE for WP Apollo

With Windows Phone “Tango” just recently getting some proper spotlight in devices such as the Nokia Lumia 610, it looks like Microsoft is immediately looking to the future of the platform. One thing that the next version of Windows Phone will almost certainly bring is support for dual-core processors, and if the latest rumors are correct, Microsoft’s engineers are currently testing just that.

The Verge, which claims it has a source “familiar with the company’s plans”, says Microsoft engineers are testing the Qualcomm MSM8960 chipset for use in future Windows Phones. The MSM8960 is a dual-core system-on-a-chip from the current (and very new) Snapdragon S4 range, which has two Qualcomm Krait processing cores that can run up to 1.7 GHz, an Adreno 225 GPU and support for all radios up to LTE.

The source also reports that US carrier Sprint is interested in these dual-core Windows Phone devices with LTE, stating that Sprint has shared its LTE information with Nokia. There is a possibility that Sprint won’t introduce any new Windows Phones until these devices become ready, which will almost certainly be running Windows Phone 8 or “Apollo”. Apollo isn’t expected to be launched until much later this year.

If this report is indeed correct, Microsoft will see Windows Phone enter the multi-core smartphone market with devices that should compete, on a specifications-only basis, with the latest Android devices. Such Android devices with the Snapdragon S4, such as the HTC One X, are not expected to launch until April, and if Microsoft plans to launch Windows Phone 8 towards the end of the year they could end up being a respectable six-months out.

Don’t forget that Qualcomm is not the only Windows Phone chipset partner: ST-Ericsson is readying their powerful NovaThor dual-core chipsets for future Nokia devices as well.

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medium_pimpin said,
Who cares. If it doesn't NEED dual-core, it doesn't matter.

your right. I am going to take out the extra core when I get it.! /S

medium_pimpin said,
Who cares. If it doesn't NEED dual-core, it doesn't matter.

Let me help you with this...

"It 'doesn't need' dual-core to perform as fast as Android or iOS.

So dual-core Windows Phone will be even that much faster than Android and iOS.

Another thing that people keep forgetting is the way the GPU is used in WP7, with a lot of non-visual code running on the GPU as well as rendering. So in many ways, WP7 is already using 'two processors', especially compared to Android that is still having to render a majority of the interface through the CPU portion.

thenetavenger said,

"It 'doesn't need' dual-core to perform as fast as Android or iOS.

This is correct.
So dual-core Windows Phone will be even that much faster than Android and iOS.
This is likely incorrect. Current rumors are that Apollo will be based on the NT kernel...in other words, it's a completely different operating system.

daniel_rh said,
Oh! I thought dual core support was coming in Tango O.o Well, I guess no new phone this year until WP8

tango for low end devices
apollo for high end devices

Aethec said,
But it's not quad-core! Android devices have quad-core! WP is lame!111!11!
/s

lol.. this dual core kills the quad cores on cpu intesive stuff i thought.. those quad cores are more for graphics processing and MS does not need to have HDMI out because they want you to buy an XBOX for that

WP7 said,
Hurry up release date lol! contract ending December with possible upgrade capabilities October onwards.

Yeah October for me too. In the UK my network is saying they will have LTE up towards the end of the year so if I could get an LTE device that would be awesome. Might be wishful thinking though.....

mad_onion said,

Yeah October for me too. In the UK my network is saying they will have LTE up towards the end of the year so if I could get an LTE device that would be awesome. Might be wishful thinking though.....

buy temporary device to serve you until the official release date