Windows Phone getting dual-core chipset

In some unexpected news, Qualcomm has announced their new MSM8x60 chipset, a dual core processor supported on the Windows Phone platform along with several others including Android.

At the moment, customers purchasing a high end device have come to expect a 1GHz CPU amongst some of the other usual specifications. Under Qualcomm's new chipset, users purchasing new phones could see those specifications increase with two cores up to 1.5GHz for faster processing and response. The capabilities of this could therefore out perform other phones such as the iPhone 4 which runs at 1GHz.

While there are no specific phone details released, this does however show that work is being done to raise the bar in the future for the platform which launched less than a year ago. According to WPCentral, the chipset is featured in the new HTC EVO 3D which has the following details:

  • Dual Scorpion-cores up to 1.5GHz
  • Adreno 220 GPU
  • 1080P video and playback
  • HDMI mirroring
  • Dolby 5.1
  • 3D capturing and playback
  • 16MP dual-camera support

You can check out further details on Qualcomm's page here. There are a number of higher performance chipsets out there and it is interesting that Windows Phone is still taking a backseat in terms of priority for chip suppliers to support as a brand. This is not necessarily surprising however, since the consumer uptake of the device has been below certain expectations as previously covered here at Neowin.net.

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smooth3006 said,
those specs are stupid for a phone with a wall of tiles... talk about overkill.

Chances are those 'stupid' specs will be pretty handy once you get past the menu screens though and actually start using the device. I have yet to run into an instance where it was better to run with the weaker hardware, no matter what platform it is. Room for growth and all that.

P1R4T3 said,
Sorry for the noobness, does wp7 support multi cores?

The initial release of WP7 used the WinCE 6.x base kernel mixed with some WinCE 7.x RC pieces.

So, originally, the WinCE 6.x kernel did not, but with the updates, more of the kernel has moved to be WinCE 7.x, and with Mango should be fully WinCE 7.x based.

WinCE 7.x supports Multi-Core/CPU

P1R4T3 said,
Sorry for the noobness, does wp7 support multi cores?

I was told by a Microsoft employee that claimed to be working on the Windows Phone team that Windows Phone 7 is based on a pre-released version of Windows CE 7.

He said that Windows Phone 7 does support dual-core, but the drivers for the chip has yet been written. (at the time, dual-core Snapdragon has not been released)

Edited by illegaloperation, Jun 18 2011, 8:47pm :

P1R4T3 said,
Sorry for the noobness, does wp7 support multi cores?

Good question as only Honeycomb on Android fully supports dual cores.

seasonic said,

Good question as only Honeycomb on Android fully supports dual cores.

Honeycomb is not the only mobile OS to support multi-cores/cpus/SMP. Even iOS supports multi-core.

WP7 was released with a hybrid of WinCE6.x and WinCE7. WinCE7 is new and adds more support for multi-core/cpu configurations.

PS Don't be surprised to see WP8 running Windows 8 (NT), and then you can do about 64 CPUs/core before hitting overhead of managing the CPUs/Cores/Threads.

ObiWanToby said,
Why do phones need to be this powerful? Lets get battery life that lasts weeks and not days.

and that will to some degree increase battery life as well. the cpu is used at 15-20% its max.

Soulsiphon said,
Total overkill for WP7.

Ya but it's good for marketing and selling new devices when you bang around the "dual core" tag line.

As far as I care it's all about the newer GPU and not about the speed of the CPU at this point.

Soulsiphon said,
Total overkill for WP7.

As WP7 is right now, yes i agree with you but.... think ahead: new smartphones running W8 and capable to do what WM was able to do will surely take advantage of the new processors.

KingCrimson said,
Who cares if it out-performs the iPhone? It's all about power-usage = battery life. Iphone is KING of battery life.

lol, my iPhone 3G's battery life was TERRIBLE.

KingCrimson said,
Who cares if it out-performs the iPhone? It's all about power-usage = battery life. Iphone is KING of battery life.

I would take a moment to reflect before making such a claim! Iphone, similar to the majority of Android and WP7 phones, lasts at most a day *under moderate usage*.

IMO the current Nokia smartphones win out on battery life, lasting up to 5 days, so it will be interesting to see if they can make this true of their WP7 entries towards the end of the year.

Daithi said,

I would take a moment to reflect before making such a claim! Iphone, similar to the majority of Android and WP7 phones, lasts at most a day *under moderate usage*.

IMO the current Nokia smartphones win out on battery life, lasting up to 5 days, so it will be interesting to see if they can make this true of their WP7 entries towards the end of the year.

That's not true. All studies show that Macs and iPhones have the best battery life compared to all competing products. Apple just has some kind of battery-making geniuses...

KingCrimson said,

That's not true. All studies show that Macs and iPhones have the best battery life compared to all competing products. Apple just has some kind of battery-making geniuses...

Is this a joke? I haven't met anyone with an iPhone who has more than 1 day battery life.
My phone does the same stuff and gets 3 days.

Apple doesn't care about battery life on its phone yet. They only care about battery life on their Macbook Pros.

KingCrimson said,

That's not true. All studies show that Macs and iPhones have the best battery life compared to all competing products. Apple just has some kind of battery-making geniuses...

How can you actually make this claim without a HUGE /s after it?
This is just outright *********.

KingCrimson said,

That's not true. All studies show that Macs and iPhones have the best battery life compared to all competing products. Apple just has some kind of battery-making geniuses...


What studies? Every Iphone my family members and I have owned barely last the day
Please don't claim evidence but actually present it next time please

The capabilities of this could therefore out perform other phones such as the iPhone 4 which runs at 1GHz.

A chipset announced today outperforming one released a year ago? Well I never! ;-)

iKenndac said,

A chipset announced today outperforming one released a year ago? Well I never! ;-)

FYI, the HD2 had a 1GHz CPU, released 19 months ago now and the iPhone 4 is assumed to be underclocked to 800MHz.

snappyfool said,

FYI, the HD2 had a 1GHz CPU, released 19 months ago now and the iPhone 4 is assumed to be underclocked to 800MHz.

It needed that to make Windows Mobile 6 barely usable.

snappyfool said,

FYI, the HD2 had a 1GHz CPU, released 19 months ago now and the iPhone 4 is assumed to be underclocked to 800MHz.

HD2 == best.phone.eva

.Neo said,

It needed that to make Windows Mobile 6 barely usable.

Weird the graphical tests show the WP7 devices to outperform the iPhone4 by almost 5 to 1. (And the WP7 devices have a slower GPU, how weird uh?)

Can you imagine how stupid it would be to build a gaming console that runs Windows (FYI XBox 360 is running Windows btw).

The Microsoft demos of running full Windows 8 (NT) on hardware the same speed as the iPad, yet running Adobe Photoshop and even Excel - and running this stuff faster than the iPad can its own Numbers spreadsheet.

So ya, this Windows stuff is so slow, you make a good point...

-Geesh...

thenetavenger said,
Bla bla bla bla bla

You must be the light of the party if you take all jokes this seriously and always go ranting off like that...