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Stephen Elop says dual-, quad-core phones just waste battery life

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Stephen Elop says dual-, quad-core phones just waste battery life
Nokia’s CEO Stephen Elop faces the tough task to break the Android-iOS smartphone duopoly, and if it could be done with words, these would have been the ones: "dual-core, quad-core mobile phones are just a waste of battery, not all are so useful." 

The bold statement of Nokia’s head is “proved” by the Smoked by Windows Phone campaign, where random users with iPhones and Androids try to do something with their phones and end up doing it slower than it’s done on Nokia Windows Phones. Nokia offered $160 to people that can beat their Windows Phone devices in the challenge and reportedly it never lost.

Elop’s statement is quoted by Chinese Yangchen Evening News, and we hope there was something lost in translation since they seem a bit too bold. Nokia’s chief executive obviously takes pride in how smooth Windows Phone runs on single-core processors - something that is a result of the great work by Microsoft engineers, but it’s hard to deny the advantages of multi-core processors.

Actually, most of the research we’ve seen claims the contrary - multi-core processors could actually save battery life in most circumstances. To make it all even weirder, we also expect Microsoft to add support for dual-core processors in Windows Phone 8, also referred to as WP Apollo.

Will this kind of aggressive marketing work for Nokia in China? And what do you think about multi-core processors, how “gimmicky” are they really? Sound off below.

source: Yangchen Evening News (translated) via UnwiredView

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posted on 14 Mar 2012, 10:00 1

1. azri05 (unregistered)


posted on 14 Mar 2012, 10:37 5

21. GENRAL.LEVY (banned) (Posts: 59; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)

How the hell or who employed u
theres a thing called 32nm 28nm
u stupid uneducated uncivalized

posted on 14 Mar 2012, 16:53 8

50. cheetah2k (Posts: 1762; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)

Stephen Elop is a waste of Battery Life.....

posted on 14 Mar 2012, 10:44 3

25. Medel (Posts: 84; Member since: 31 May 2011)

Vote Damian Dinning for President! i'm just saying. :-)

posted on 14 Mar 2012, 11:38 5

34. torr310 (Posts: 1122; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)

Elop, talking any nonsense before you have done better makes you stupid.
Single core on Nokia didn't outlast dual-core handsets from your competitor. You are crazy and pathetic.

posted on 14 Mar 2012, 11:54 6

36. shy2papa (Posts: 336; Member since: 23 Jan 2010)

Seriously no offence to nokia fans but for there CEO to say that Nokia is seriously screwed,

Look at what motorola did to the droid maxx giving it the best battery of any smartphone to date, if samsung had did that to the GS2 and other samsung smartphones and HTC had done that to the HTC Amaze and other HTC phones there phone would have sold more then they did today.

posted on 14 Mar 2012, 12:08 6

37. Skoll (Posts: 15; Member since: 15 Dec 2011)

i am a nokia fan and all i can say is: mr. elop GTFO! think before you speek!

posted on 14 Mar 2012, 16:14 1

49. bayusuputra (Posts: 963; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)

yeah! can the board at Nokia actually fire him? he's been a pain in the backside, not only for Nokia's developments, but for customers as well..

shame on you, Elop..

posted on 14 Mar 2012, 12:39

41. jove39 (Posts: 1996; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)

Hold on...before showering such words of @#$%^...Elop is talking about Nokia Smartphones (Windows/Symbian) only...and I agree with him...ROFL

posted on 14 Mar 2012, 10:00 17

2. robocopvn (Posts: 450; Member since: 10 Mar 2010)

Losing can make someone crazy, here is the great example !

posted on 14 Mar 2012, 12:28 4

40. kanagadeepan (Posts: 989; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)

Well said bro... Let this Trojan horse from M$ --> Nokia promise that they are NOT releasing dual and quad core phones in future... Short FOX saying GRAPES ARE SOUR...

He is too crazy and may even say "MULTI-TASKING is hazardous to battery life"...

posted on 14 Mar 2012, 10:01 6

3. Evil_SaNz (Posts: 259; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)

Depends, nvidia's companion core idea is quite cute

posted on 15 Mar 2012, 02:56

66. deacz (Posts: 162; Member since: 02 Nov 2011)

its also utterly useless for anything other than browsing the home screens.

watch a flash movie on the browser and I'll have to put my prime into burn mode

I really good and fast single or dual core ftw, ie s4.

quad cores are for gaming

posted on 14 Mar 2012, 10:02 8

4. danwatson (Posts: 117; Member since: 03 Jan 2012)

Apple would never have switched to dual core processors and quad core graphics if there were no benefits.

posted on 14 Mar 2012, 10:05 6

7. evolutionqy7 (Posts: 38; Member since: 27 May 2011)

and the battery life on the 4S decreased thanks to that...

Idk having owned the Galaxy S2 and the Sensation i can say my Titan is as fast as the S2, but smoother. Miles ahead of the Sensation in terms of speed and smoothness.

When your using a windows phone you forget that such thing as choppy scrolling exist.

posted on 14 Mar 2012, 10:07 11

9. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)

yep you also forget about true multitasking, 1080p video, great games, high resolution screens (need a better processor to push all those pixels), and there has yet to be a great camera on windows phone

posted on 14 Mar 2012, 10:18 1

14. ChiX017 (Posts: 308; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)

and thats coming this year....i guess Mr. Elop is just praising his new found love/destiny
we can't blame him for that.

posted on 14 Mar 2012, 10:22 6

16. andro. (Posts: 1999; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)

Windows phone much criticised square block menu ui system is akin to the commodore 64 era graphically and as such the processor doesn't really need much to keep it running smoothly

posted on 14 Mar 2012, 10:04 4

5. jwescampbell (Posts: 2; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)

it's no secret that multi-core processors help computers run better. So why would the same not be true for smartphones? Yes the operating system has to support it, but every mobile operating system that is using multi-cores, utilizes them.

posted on 14 Mar 2012, 10:05 12

6. Scott_H (Posts: 167; Member since: 28 Oct 2011)

Elop may need a remedial physics course...

posted on 14 Mar 2012, 10:40 1

23. GENRAL.LEVY (banned) (Posts: 59; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)

Scoth no its eflop

posted on 14 Mar 2012, 12:13 1

39. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

if every dual core didnt get better battery life than the S2 Crapdragon used in most windows phones, he would almost have a point. As it stands he is completely wrong, and either doesnt know a darn thing about how chips work or is hoping that the rest of the world doesnt.

posted on 14 Mar 2012, 10:06 3

8. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)

it actually depends on the OS itself, Android is a one heavy OS and definitely needs multi cores.. unlike WP7, single core is already perfect for it.. we just don't know what a single core processor could do when the WP8 comes..

posted on 14 Mar 2012, 10:10 1

10. Mobile-X-Pert (Posts: 565; Member since: 20 Dec 2010)

I android wouldn't have gone Dual-Core Apple wouldn't have gone either.

posted on 14 Mar 2012, 10:12 2

11. buggerrer (Posts: 306; Member since: 21 Sep 2011)


posted on 14 Mar 2012, 10:14 4

12. andro. (Posts: 1999; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)

Well Mr Elop the pile of unsold windows phones we have in our stores are a waste of money for us while dual core android are selling very well,hmmmm

posted on 14 Mar 2012, 10:15 5

13. hepresearch (unregistered)

Silly Elop... baseless rhetoric is for kids!

posted on 14 Mar 2012, 10:22 4

15. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)

Just a justification to continue making outdated phones as Nokia has been doing for the past few years. Good job, its killing your marketshare.

posted on 14 Mar 2012, 10:30 1

17. victo410 (Posts: 16; Member since: 20 Jan 2012)

Hummm, Windows Phone run really good on single core because is well optimized.
But the Only reason that (windows phone/ nokia) don't use and hate on Dual / Quad-core is Production Cost,, But he know more than nobody that dual/quad-core are necessary today in mobile smartphone.. He was boring without nothing to say and said this non-sense comment.

posted on 14 Mar 2012, 10:33 5

18. mike2959 (Posts: 591; Member since: 08 Oct 2011)

CEO of RIM also said 8 years ago that music and video is a silly concept on a phone. That has served them well.

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