Windows Phone 8 to be powered by Snapdragon S4 for now

Qualcomm was announced as the exclusive chipset provider for all upcoming Windows Phone 8 handsets at the conference held earlier today. However, during the announcement, the specifics as to what chipsets would be used were not discussed. However, we have learned from Qualcomm that the first set of devices will feature the MSM8960 Pro dual-core Krait (Snapdragon S4 Plus). The company also clarified that other chipsets will be used at a later time.

Qualcomm has maintained a good relationship with Microsoft and has supported its devices since the now-dated Windows Mobile platform. We look forward to seeing what Qualcomm brings to the table and how Microsoft’s new mobile OS runs on it.

Is this a smart move by Microsoft? Was anybody expecting more? Let us know in the comments section.

Source: Engadget

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Well if ppl want pure specs well WP8 can run upto 64 cores, would be funny to see a phone the size of a small PC with 64 CPU's in just for ****s and giggle. iOS and android spec whores just got blown WAAAAY out of the water.

The snapdragon S4 chipsets gfx cores are really good, and are alot faster than the gfx cores in the lumia series. Should see some really nice looking games running at HD resolutions. WP8 features set matches if not exceeds whats in iOS 6, 6 generations of iOS to do what WP makes up on its 3rd major release. apple sux arse MS for the win. I reckon WP will see some major traction when the spec on wp8 handsets match that of android and iphone just for the spec sheet for pl who dont know whats good or not

This is good news, by controlling CPUs, Microsoft prevents fragmentation like experience on Android where there are only few million of devices with new cpu who can use extensive graphics

By rolling same cpu for all wp phones,

it doesn't matter much as long as OEMs can select newer models to maintain parity with android. hopefully we'll see nvidia jump on board as the new NT kernel removes the artifical advantage android had because the CE kernel was holding windows phone back.

neonspark said,
it doesn't matter much as long as OEMs can select newer models to maintain parity with android. hopefully we'll see nvidia jump on board as the new NT kernel removes the artifical advantage android had because the CE kernel was holding windows phone back.

Yeah, I tried to hold out on my opinions on the article to prevent sesationalizing or biased views, but truthfully, I think that regardless of what CPU is used with Windows Phone 8 devices, the OS will run on hardware pretty well. I just don't see CPU's being in-demand as say as they are for Android. The OS functions way differently and is somewhat more efficient I think. Then again, my last Android purchase was bought purely based on hardware - but then again Android needs it to some extent IMO.

Zeikku said,

Yeah, I tried to hold out on my opinions on the article to prevent sesationalizing or biased views, but truthfully, I think that regardless of what CPU is used with Windows Phone 8 devices, the OS will run on hardware pretty well. I just don't see CPU's being in-demand as say as they are for Android. The OS functions way differently and is somewhat more efficient I think. Then again, my last Android purchase was bought purely based on hardware - but then again Android needs it to some extent IMO.


Agreed. WP doesn't need incredible specs to run like Android does. It's a big difference.

Zeikku said,

Yeah, I tried to hold out on my opinions on the article to prevent sesationalizing or biased views, but truthfully, I think that regardless of what CPU is used with Windows Phone 8 devices, the OS will run on hardware pretty well. I just don't see CPU's being in-demand as say as they are for Android. The OS functions way differently and is somewhat more efficient I think. Then again, my last Android purchase was bought purely based on hardware - but then again Android needs it to some extent IMO.

Poor software optimization is one of the reasons I trust Microsoft to optimize an OS for specific chipsets more than HTC, Samsung, LG, or Motorola.

M_Lyons10 said,

Agreed. WP doesn't need incredible specs to run like Android does. It's a big difference.

The specs are needed though for the masses