Snapdragon S4-Powered Windows Phone 8 Handset Coming Soon To Sprint?


01.03.2012

Snapdragon S4-Powered Windows Phone 8 Handset Coming Soon To Sprint?

It looks like the engineers of the Windows Phone from Microsoft have a new toy to play with, at least that’s what people close to the company say. The engineering team are working on their new Windows Phone 8 handsets and want to surprise their customers with something that’s worth the wait. They are currently testing the Qualcomm MSM8960 chipset which is a 1.5GHz dual-core in order to have it ready for use on one ore multiple Windows Phone 8 phones which would be launched during the current year.

Due to the recent Vellamo benchmark grading which showed great performance (being a lot better than Motorola’s Droid 4 and Samsung Galaxy S II), Qualcomm’s Snapdragon has enjoyed a lot of popularity. But Microsoft doesn’t know if the ship would have the same performance for their Windows Phone, hence the intensive testing.

You may ask why the sudden intention of adapting the Qualcomm MSM8960 to their Windows Phone 8 device. Well, because it appears like there is one carrier interested in it. Sources suggest that Sprint is looking forward to make a deal with a potential Windows Phone 8 handset running the Snapdragon S4 and they already shared their LTE specifications with Nokia. Also, the source said the carrier has no intention in introducing any other  Windows Phones on the network until Windows Phone 8 is launched. The only Windows Phone that Sprint has released in the HTC Arrive which was included in March, 2011. Since then, the network hasn’t offered any Windows Phones devices.

Though Microsoft is testing new dual-core chips, HTC is getting ready to launch the AT&T version of the One X and the HTC One S, both having the new Qualcomm MSM8960 chipset. That’s why Microsoft are really strong-minded in enabling the Qualcomm dual-core functionality on its OS. They are trying to catch up with the competition as it seems that HTC will not wait much longer to release its new developments. However, it is possible that Snapdragon won’t be the only chip powering the Microsoft gadgets.

When asked about the possibility if Windows Phone Snapdragon S4, Qualcomm did not deny anything, therefore the rumors must be true after all. Rob Chandhok stated that Qualcomm is in very good terms with Microsoft and they are stunned by the way Microsoft is making use of the S4′s potential. When asked about the dual-core chip, he kinda dodged the question, mentioning only that not Microsoft should be asked about that matter, but the OEMs.

One thing is clear though, Microsoft’s intention of taking the Windows Phone to a new level with dual-core functionality have been confirmed. The only questions remaining are how and when will they offer such support. Anyway, if Microsoft is testing the MSM8960, the new Windows Phone 8 with multi-core support will probably arrive later this year.

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