Pointed out by Qualcomm, the Windows Phone development team is testing the dual-core Snapdragon S4 on a device, which will be unveiled sometime this 2012. Furthermore, Windows Phone 8 Apollo is said to support multi-core devices.
If this is the case, then the choice of Windows Phone-powered devices will no longer be limited to phones with single-core processors under the hood like the Nokia Lumia 800. Windows Phones will now have what it takes to better compete with iOS-powered handsets such as the Apple iPhone 4S and Android handsets such as the Samsung Galaxy S2.
Each core on the Snapdragon S4 is clocked at 1.5 GHz. The CPU is coupled with the Adreno 225 GPU for better graphics. The combination have resulted in benchmark scores double that of the Samsung Galaxy S2.
Sprint is said to be interested in such a device, which is why it sent LTE specifications to the Finnish firm Nokia. Since the US network Sprint is planning to roll out its LTE network in Q2 of this year and make it full-blown in Q4 2013, we might just see a dual-core Windows Phone 8 smartphone by Nokia getting more people interested in signing up for two year contracts with the network.
Since the handset supports LTE networks, we might not see the Windows Phone 8 handset in the UK. Well, not unless Everything Everywhere gets its way and rolls out 4G by the end of the year.
Does the prospect of a dual-core Windows Phone 8 handset by Nokia excite you, or do you think it will be too late for Windows Phone to catch up since quad-core devices are now starting to emerge? Give us your thoughts.