Nokia’s Stephen Elop: Dual-core, quad-core – just a waste of battery. Smoked by Windows Phone proves it

Nokia CEO Stephen Elop thinks that dual-core and quad-core processors are just a waste of battery, and that to the consumers they aren’t all that useful.

This is something which, in his opinion, has been proved by ‘competitions’ such as Smoked by Windows Phone, or the similar Blown Away by Lumia organized by Nokia itself and not Microsoft. These marketing campaigns/competitions aim to prove that Windows Phones (all using single-core processors) are faster at day-to-day tasks than the competition (which is mainly using multi-core CPUs for its high-end offerings these days).

The information comes from the Yangcheng Evening News, via Google Translate. So while I hope it’s all accurate, something can always get lost in translation – keep that in mind please.

Apparently Nokia has taken its Blown Away by Lumia competition to China, and offered 1,000 yuan (that’s about $159 or €120) to those who were able to ‘beat’ the company’s smartphones. According to Elop, it never lost.

While such competitions will obviously always end up proving what the company behind them wants them to prove, the fact is that the number of processor cores isn’t always indicative of performance in ‘real life’.

This isn’t the first time when Stephen Elop says something like this, in fact it was January when we last heard how unimpressed he was with quad-core phones. So this is clearly a trend. What will Elop say when Nokia announces its first dual-core phone? That’s something which is bound to happen later this year after Microsoft finishes Windows Phone 8. We’ll have to wait and see, but I have a feeling that he will have dramatically changed his views on multi-core processors in smartphones by then.

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Author: Vlad Bobleanta

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  • Anonymous

    What do you do when you are shipping almost 2 yr old hardware and your products cannot compete?

    You lie.

    Yes. WP7.x UI is snappy, because it is at near-RT priority above all other apps. This means sucky multi-tasking for the apps.

    As for the speed, the WP7 kernel is nowhere near the fastest.

    Further, even if it was, there is *no substitute* for raw horsepower.

    Check any Linpack, HTML5, Javascript, 3D or other benchmarks.

    WP phones get swept under the rug by the likes of iPhone 4S, Tegra 3 devices and even Nexus S.

    By the time iPhone 5 and Galaxy S III ship, the current WP phone hardware innards (SoC performance) will be over 2 years old in this extremely fast moving world.

    That is not competing from Nokia.

    It’s called giving in and stumbling.

    They really need to stop with the FUD and start delivering faster hardware.

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  • http://twitter.com/gzost Alexander Gödde

    For everyday use, and on a lot of tasks, an optimized well-structured interface is certainly more important that another core or three. So these extra cores go unused a lot of the time (which, on modern designs, doesn’t really waste much extra battery).
    But then there are the times when they come into action and there’s no replacement. This doesn’t mean benchmarks – to the end user these are rightfully just meaningless, arbitrary numbers. Be it 3D-gaming, complex web pages and web apps, or photo or video processing – there are a lot of real-world uses where raw horsepower can’t be beaten. Depending on the user, this may be a minority of use cases (or never arise at all), but it does reduce the overall utility of the phone.

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