Nokia CEO Stephen Elop has spoken out to say that he believes multi-core processors in phones are a waste of battery life. The political motivation for this outcry is obvious – Nokia is backing Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform, which currently offers no support for multi-core processors.
Elop criticised the fashion for multi-core phones in an interview with Yangcheng Evening News, saying “so-called dual-core, quad-core mobile phones can only waste batteries, but not be useful for consumers all the time.” To back up these claims, Nokis has launched a competition in China that asks users of other phones, such as Androids, to beat the Lumia 900 in basic everyday tasks.
Elop claims that, as yet, no version of the iPhone and no Android smartphone has managed it.
It’s not a claim we doubt particularly either – Windows Phone works tremendously well with the single-core 1.4GHz processors seen in the Lumia 800 and Lumia 900. However, what Elop hasn’t factored-in is how well the single-core processors of Windows phones can hack high-end games and high bit-rate video that top-end Androids and the iPhone 4S can handle (forgetting for a second the lack of a decent games library and video codec support in Windows Phone) .
Nokia’s Stephen Elop with Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer
Nokia is likely to backtrack on these claims somewhat in the future anyway – the “Apollo” version of Windows Phone is expected to support multi-core processors. Apollo is set to arrive in late 2012.