BlackBerry 10's first wave probably not quad-core

BlackBerry 10's first wave probably not quad-coreQuad-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.

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JanSt / MOD  May. 11, 2012 at 10:16

it's also not gonna run Android.
It won't run WP, either.
It won't feature an 82MP cam, I hear.

Pondlife  May. 11, 2012 at 11:11

In fairness quad core isn't as awe inspiring as expected thus far and is chewing batteries fast.

JanSt / MOD  May. 11, 2012 at 13:12

In fairness quad core isn't as awe inspiring as expected thus far and is chewing batteries fast.

Agree... so many other factors influence performance, and it'll take a while for apps to maKE USE OF IT...

matt101101 / MOD  May. 11, 2012 at 16:46

Quad-core is a total waste of money. I had a quad-core One X and it was slower, in both benchmarks and real-life performance, than my more than a year old SGS2. Cortex A15 will be a much more useful boost in performance than sticking 2 more Cortex A9 cores onto the old 2011 SoCs, and counting them as a technological improvement.

Hopefully the Galaxy Note 2 or whatever this year's Nexus device turns out to be, will be have useful performance upgrades over this year's, somewhat pathetic, MWC devices (the SGS3 counts as a bog-standard MWC device, as it comes out at the same time).


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