Microsoft: Dual-core LTE Windows Phones are coming

Microsoft's head of its Windows Phone division, Andy Lees, says that future smartphones that run the mobile operating system will have support for dual-core processors as well as the faster LTE wireless networks. In a chat with, Lees says that Microsoft wanted to wait until its software could better handle more than one mobile processor core. However, Lees claims that as far as the current Windows Phone 7 devices, "They’re all single core, but I suspect that they will be faster in usage than any dual-core phone that you put against it, and that’s the point."

As far as LTE support, Lees says that Microsoft wants to make sure that any Windows Phone 7 products don't have issues with battery life with any LTE technology. He says, "The first LTE phones were big and big (users) of the battery, and I think it’s possible to do it in a way that is far more efficient, and that’s what we will be doing."

Lees also talked about Microsoft's recent patent deal with Samsung deal that will give Microsoft revenues from each Android-based smartphone sold by Samsung. Lees says the agreement will also see Samsung work closer with Microsoft on future Windows Phone 7 products. He says, "I think that the agreement that we have with Nokia, it’s obviously a particularly special one, they’re exclusive to us, and we have a very, very deep partnership, and I think that Samsung is not quite as deep a dependence as the Nokia one, but it’s certainly in that vein."

With the recent release of Windows Phone 7.5, otherwise known as Mango, Microsoft is now working on the next major update to the operating system. Lees says that Microsoft may or may not release a relatively minor update to the OS before the next major release.

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