Quad-core smartphones were all the rage at Mobile World Congress this year, with the HTC One X, Huawei Ascend D1 Quad, LG Optimus 4X HD and Fujitsu Quad-core all proudly on display. More recently, we met the Samsung Galaxy S III.
But don’t expect Canadian manufacturer RIM to jump on board the quad-core train. Au contraire, the first BlackBerry 10 handsets are expected to be dual-core.
That’s the word from Andrew Bocking, RIM's SVP of Software Product Management, who recently spoke to TechRadar.
Andy screamed: "It's interesting to see the dynamics between quad-core CPUs and dual-core CPUs and really where the big value is beyond the spec itself in the overall user experience.
"What we're seeing is that unless you're going to have a lot of applications running that require the four core environment, it's just a great spec to write on the spec sheet; it's like saying I've got a V8.
"Certain vendors can only compete on spec, so quad-core makes a ton of sense for them, but we want to make sure the performance of our device is the best and we will make sure we do the right thing for our users."
That’s much the same hymn as Stephen Elop has been singing. He reckons multi-core smartphones are often a waste of battery life. Of course, the current range of Windows Phones is purely single-core.