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Rumors: Windows Phone won't get dual-core, Retina for a year

updated 11:40 am EDT, Fri October 21, 2011

Windows Phone may stay year behind in speed

Windows Phone might repeat history and go without competitive high-end features until Windows Phone 8, according to a pair of tips. Historically accurate MS_Nerd claims that Apollo, WP8's codename, will add a Chassis 3 spec that brings the dual-core processors that Android and iPhone users already have. It should also bring 720p Retina Display-like screens, putting them just on par with the Galaxy Nexus and a handful of other phones arriving soon.

WP8 isn't expected until late 2012 and would leave Microsoft a year behind in hardware features, somewhat like it is today with Windows Phone 7.5, nicknamed Mango.

The much closer Tango update, presumed to be coming in early 2012, has also been clarified if the rumor is accurate. It would add a Chassis 2 spec with LTE-based 4G support on higher-end models. Also coming would be support for Windows Phone's first non-portrait ratio, a 480x320 resolution intended for BlackBerry-like messaging phones and budget models.

Support for NVIDIA Tegra and TI OMAP chips wouldn't come until "Win9," he said, most likely referring to Windows Phone 9 in 2013 and not Windows 9, which most presume won't arrive until 2015.

Microsoft's mobile president Andy Lees has already gone on record as saying the OS would get NFC and LTE in the future but hasn't given precise dates.

The decision to follow strict chassis guidelines was made at the outset of Windows Phone to avoid the platform fragmentation that faces Android and faced Windows Mobile. Where the other platforms have often taken months to get updates and sometimes not at all, Microsoft has managed to upgrade virtually its entire Windows Phone base to 7.5 within three weeks. In choosing the strategy, however, it may have instituted a permanent setback that lets Apple and Google's partners get newer hardware much faster. [via WPCentral]

by MacNN Staff



  1. Paul Huang

    Joined: Dec 1969


    fall another three years behind

    What else is new? It may be four or five years behind the times. They may get larger market share, but revenue stream? Lots of luck.

  1. aristotles

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Wow that is really slavish copying

    They are copying everything Apple does including the sequence in the hope of somehow repeating their successes without actually taking the time to understand "why" they are successful.

  1. slapppy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Smart Move

    Doing this will allow Windows Phone to have double the talk, standby and whatever else you need vs the Android and Apple. What good is your phone when its dead.

  1. SierraDragon

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Give MonkeyBoy a break

    It takes TIME to copy tech innovations. It is not like MS can just stick the iPhone announcements on the Xerox machine - - but they would if they could.

  1. SockRolid

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Hurry up and wait

    Microsoft is obviously cutting corners to rush their phones to market. But it will still take many years for them to catch up to where Apple was in 2010.

    At least Microsoft isn't pooping out perpetual-beta software like Google. Google is cutting even more corners, and it will cost them dearly. The killer was trying to avoid legally licensing Java. The Oracle case looms large.

  1. iphonerulez

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Why is it so difficult to put

    dual-core processors in a smartphone? Microsoft has got so much spare cash to throw away, they could probably design some advanced WP7 dual-core reference model in a month or two and send it to their partners to pay for the manufacturing.

    Personally, I don't think having single core processors in their smartphones should really hurt sales that much (not that they're selling many now), but as long as the handset is easy to use and has good battery life, so what if it can't play all the fastest games in the world. Not every consumer needs some speed demon smartphone. Maybe if the OS is light and clean, WP7 smartphones could be snappy to use as they are.

    Do you really think that Oracle is going to win anything against Google and Android? If they were, they probably would have won by now. Google will start crying to the courts that Android is loved by the masses and they can't just take it away. We can't have consumers being upset by having to pay for smartphones that cost a lot more than the freely-licensed Android smartphones. Nah. I seriously don't think Oracle stands a chance of beating Google. Google has learned how to steal well and get away with it. Even the late Steve Jobs was flummoxed by Google. He couldn't touch them even though he vowed to destroy Android.

  1. facebook_Bruce

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    Joined: Oct 2011


    spec means minimum

    Stupid article implying nobody will come out with high end phones before the spec requires them... Come on people, THINK!

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