Windows Phone 8 might run on Snapdragon S4, coming to Sprint late 2012?

Windows Phone 8 might run on Snapdragon S4, coming to Sprint late 2012?
The engineering team behind Windows Phone is testing Qualcomm’s MSM8960 chip, part of the Snapdragon S4 series, and it could be ready for release on at least one phone running Windows Phone 8 by the end of the year, according to sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans speaking for TheVerge.

Additionally, Sprint has allegedly showed interest in an upcoming Windows Phone device with MSM8960 and has given details about its LTE network to Nokia. Another source claims that Sprint will hold off on Windows Phone device releases until WP8 rolls out late in 2012.

Now, the MSM8960 is in many aspects ahead of the industry - it’s the first one to be made using 28nm manufacturing process which allows smaller chip size, and it has all digital radios including LTE on the same die which should bring down the power drain noticeably. Qualcomm said it’s aiming for a full-day battery life on S4 phones.

Qualcomm also differs from most manufacturers as it makes it processors from scratch and the last Krait processor is specifically made with mobile devices in mind. This should translate into much improved performance over other, generic Cortex A9 chips and comparable performance with A15.

Qualcomm has announced it will deliver single, dual and quad-core versions of the S4, but we’re talking about the dual-core version which comes first. Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 is said to also be the first version of WP supporting multi-core processors.

So far at MWC 2012, we’ve seen HTC back up the S4 with the HTC One S and the US version of the flagship, the HTC One X.

source: TheVerge



1. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

i will be waiting for a quad core s4 before anything else this fall. Come november, I should have an amazing device to choose from.

2. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

with this news being on Spring i'll start saving my money now

3. StreetNerd

Posts: 870; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

quad core on WP o_0 it will be so fast u wont even see the animations

4. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009


5. shuraib

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

i think some people miss the point on multi cores... firstly coming from a programmer background, i was a big android fan... but this new windows os 7.5 is simply good enough for convincing me of abandoning android... i do not think for one minutes about specs since using windows os 7.5... i have a nokia lumia 800... i can say for the first time nokia has done very well... they used outdated softwares and continue to do so in third world countries unfortunately to accumulate capital to compete in europe.... nokia has finally adopted a winning formula with windows.... forget multicores if your main purpose if growing internet, phone emails, youtube... some partial angry bird games... the only thing i miss from android is the shortcuts to different setting from android but i can forsake it for this well designed os.

6. snowgator

Posts: 3624; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Okay, so the scorecard is as follows: 1) Back in Nokia World, the big wigs said our first devices are great, but wait until you see our devices on Apollo. 2) Microsoft said our Mango devices are great, but just wait for multi-core, hi def screens, Office tools, and upgrades on Apollo. 3) Samsung said we are disappointed with our Omnia/Focus Flash and Focus S sales, but we are dedicated to WP, and we will up our game with Apollo. 4) HTC said we are excited about the future of WP, they make us money, but just you wait until you see what we have with Apollo. 5) Now Sprint is interested, but not until a quad-core monster is released on Apollo? So, we will 1 great effort (Nokia 900/910 for Europe), one updated effort (Titan 2), and mid range efforts from ZTE and LG as well as low end Tango releases for developing countries (great plan, always thought that was well thought out) to compete with every other offering until Winter of this year? Boy, I bet most of WP potential sales wait.on Apollo.

9. W.P._Android_in_that_Order

Posts: 208; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

@snowgator if i could thumbs-up you a dozen times for this comment. I would. Add me to the list of people who are completely stoked for windows8 to arrive. Actually, im gonna add mydelf to your list. 6) this fanboy is super stoked about the launch of Apollo.

12. snowgator

Posts: 3624; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

W.P.A.I.T.O- I am already saving cash for my next phone..... WP8, hi def, multi core, better gaming, better Office tools, cross platform goodies, how excited am I......

7. simplyj

Posts: 406; Member since: Dec 23, 2009

maybe I ditched Sprint for T-Mobile too soon? That 3G though, Sprint sucks at that.

8. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

nah. Sprint's not doing too well financially, their 4G plans are in the trash, they're planning on scrapping their existining 3G and iDen networks to restructure and make a new 3G network, and their phones are still mediocre. Wouldn't surprise me if they go the way of SAAB

10. nickjjay

Posts: 79; Member since: Oct 10, 2011

i personally am excited for when Apollo comes on the Samsung Exynos processor. THAT will be awesome.

11. snowgator

Posts: 3624; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Dude, I just wish Microsoft would get off their high horse and let Sammy do that!! Wow, that baby would roll on an Exynos!!

13. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

What about faithful tmo and everybody else? These kinds of rumors just pisses me of! The term fragmentation comes to mind.

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