Qualcomm: most users don’t need quad-core

Qualcomm: most users don’t need quad-coreSome folks will tell you quad-core processors are a waste of battery life, including Jan’s favourite, Stephen Elop. Mind you, he’s probably changed his tune now that Microsoft has raised the hardware ceiling for Windows Phones.

Where was I? Oh, Qualcomm has chimed in on the old multi-core debate, and suggests that dual-core processors are often more than enough, hence its late arrival at the quad-core party.

That’s the story as reported by The Inquirer, which recently interviewed Sy Choudhury, director of product management at Qualcomm.

Sy says: "[We] could have launched a quad-core version of the Snapdragon S4 before the dual-core version, clearly we made a business decision to launch the dual-core version (MSM8960) before the quad-core version.

"That's really based on the workloads of 95 percent of users, even [for] a lot of the power users, the dual-core is good enough, not even good enough but more than good enough.

"If we profile most folks use-cases today on smartphones or even a tablet you are utilising up to two cores.”

Quad-core beasts include the Samsung Galaxy S III and Note 2, Google Nexus 7, and LG Optimus G. Of course, the iPhone 5 adopts a dual-core processor, though it’s said to be fairly nippy.

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Pondlife  Sep. 22, 2012 at 14:16

[We] could have launched a quad-core version of the Snapdragon S4 before the dual-core version, clearly we made a business decision to launch the dual-core version (MSM8960) before the quad-core version.

Yep they could make almost as much from a much cheaper to make dual core being the business decision.

Is he saying our quad core devices are a total waste of money? Sounds like that won't go down well with the phone manufacturers using them.

hajj_3  Sep. 22, 2012 at 15:09

that's because android isn't well multi-threaded YET. I'm sure within the next year that will change.

barrybarryk  Sep. 22, 2012 at 20:24

not likely, even most desktop applications aren't properly multi-threaded. it's a completely different programming paradigm, and developers aren't exactly famous for their openness to complete change

SpeedyG  Sep. 23, 2012 at 00:02

Makes a change from only needing 640k of memory, Bill...

Harryisme  Sep. 26, 2012 at 21:15

Most people don't need a smartphone, yet millions of units are sold every year, So what's your point Mr Choudary, (My neighbour used to call me that when I was a kid, never could figure out why.) ?

Also is this a good time to make such a comment when phones with the new quad core S4 Pro's are coming out in the next few weeks?

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