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

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



1. azri05 unregistered



Posts: 59; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

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

50. cheetah2k

Posts: 2271; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

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

25. Medel

Posts: 84; Member since: May 31, 2011

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

34. torr310

Posts: 1674; Member since: Oct 27, 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.

36. shy2papa

Posts: 336; Member since: Jan 23, 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.

37. Skoll

Posts: 15; Member since: Dec 15, 2011

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

49. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 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..

41. jove39

Posts: 2147; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

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

2. robocopvn

Posts: 504; Member since: Mar 10, 2010

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

40. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1269; Member since: Jan 24, 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"...

3. Evil_SaNz

Posts: 259; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

Depends, nvidia's companion core idea is quite cute

66. deacz

Posts: 162; Member since: Nov 02, 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

4. danwatson

Posts: 117; Member since: Jan 03, 2012

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

7. evolutionqy7

Posts: 38; Member since: May 27, 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.

9. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 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

14. ChiX017

Posts: 308; Member since: Nov 09, 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.

16. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 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

5. jwescampbell

Posts: 2; Member since: Feb 27, 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.

6. Scott_H

Posts: 167; Member since: Oct 28, 2011

Elop may need a remedial physics course...


Posts: 59; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

Scoth no its eflop

39. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

8. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 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..

10. Mobile-X-Pert

Posts: 565; Member since: Dec 20, 2010

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

11. buggerrer

Posts: 306; Member since: Sep 21, 2011

{o,o} |)__) -”-”- O RLY?

12. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 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

13. hepresearch unregistered

Silly Elop... baseless rhetoric is for kids!

15. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 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.

17. victo410

Posts: 16; Member since: Jan 20, 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.

18. mike2959

Posts: 696; Member since: Oct 08, 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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