While Android smartphone-makers are gunning to outdo each other with the maximum number of processing cores–currently at four headlined by NVIDIA’s Tegra 3–Nokia CEO, who has bet his company’s fortunes and future on Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform, remains unimpressed with multi-core technology at this time, saying that they consume too much battery power and many apps aren’t designed to take advantage of the additional capabilities. Though biased to a degree as Windows Phone 7 currently does not support multi-core technology, Elop is perhaps somewhat correct in his skepticism of Moore’s Law as Windows Phone 7 is efficient and can perform most tasks with relative ease and swiftness.
In Microsoft-led competitions like Smoked by Windows Phone and Nokia’s Blown Away by Lumia challenges, these platform partners have often tasked consumers with beating Windows Phone in speed with whatever smartphone platform and device they own. If they accomplish this, they win a cash prize, and according to Elop, so far no one in China has won the Blown Away by Lumia challenge.
And perhaps to further illustrate Elop’s position, most recently Apple had announced its new third-generation iPad tablet. The company had chosen instead to retain the dual-core ARM processor from last year’s model and upgraded the graphics capabilities to quad-core to improve performance.
Given that Windows Phone 8, which is also known by its Apollo codename at this time, is speculated to add support for dual-core processors and will be released by the end of the year, Elop’s and Nokia’s position about multi-core capabilities may change when that happens.
Currently, what dual-core offers on modern handsets is the ability to record 1080p HD video that single-core ARM chipsets could not do on iOS and Android devices. That said, the recently announced Symbian-powered Nokia 808 PureView smartphone with the Nokia Belle FP1 operating system does all that along with a 41-megapixel camera sensor with a single-core CPU.
Via: Unwired View