Nokia To Break With WP7 Processor Tradition
Microsoft set out some pretty rigid chassis specs for it’s Windows Phone devices, in an effort to ensure standardization and to make it easier for developers to create apps that would work on every handset. The only problem was that what was considered to be at the top end of the market in 2010 – 1GHz Snapdragon, 5MP camera, 256MB RAM – is now distinctly average in a world of dual-core processors, 12MP cameras and 1GB RAM on certain handsets. Microsoft updated it’s minimum chassis specifications at this years MIX developers conference, adding Qualcomm’s newest MSM7X30 and MSM8X55 processors – however these are single core chips clocked at 800MHz and 1GHz. Hardly a step forward. WP7 hardware is stagnant when compared with the Android best, with no new phone’s being revealed since October of last year. Trust Nokia, though, refreshed from it’s adoption of WP7 as it’s primary smartphone OS, to shake things up a little.
Forbes are reporting that ST-Ericsson (established by Swiss semiconductor manufacturer STMicroelectronic and Swedish telecoms firm Ericsson) are set to provide dual-core silicon to at least a few of the upcoming devices Nokia will launch this year and next. Carlo Bozotti, Chief Executive of STM, that they “will be one of two chip suppliers for Nokia’s upcoming Windows Phones”. It’s U8500 dual-core chip will be the first to be utilized by Nokia, with the chip capable of 1080p recording and playback, high performance 3D graphics, dual camera support and the usual latest wireless standards.
With Nokia’s hardware capabilities, and proper muscle powering the devices, the anticipation is high for what they can produce. Windows Phone 7 has already proven itself as a capable, buttery-smooth operating system (albeit one in need of maturing, and the addition of more features), so it’ll be interesting to see what difference an extra processing core can add into the mix, not least on the already-stellar gaming front.