A new benchmark on GFXBench reveals a quad-core Lumia in the works. Will Windows Phone finally embrace the power of 4 cores?
According to a recent report, Nokia is allegedly working on new phablets and other Windows Phone powered devices for the 2H of 2013. Well, it looks like we might have the slightest idea about the ‘other’ devices in the works. A new benchmark on GFXBench shows a Nokia branded Windows Phone. No biggie right? Only that the number of cores shown is ‘4’. If the bench card is legit, we may be looking at the first quad-core Windows Phone ever.
Seeing that the GPU is the Adreno 305, we can narrow down to a range of chipsets that might power the device in question. We are guessing that it’s a Snapdragon 400 SoC with 4 x ARM Cortex A7 CPU cores (Krait 200). Additionally, the display resolution is an odd 1280 x 720. If you didn’t know better, you’d laugh and argue that HD is hardly odd, but Nokia has only used 1280 x 768 pixel resolution panels till date. Nevertheless, the display resolution isn’t set in stone and can easily change to a 16:9 aspect ratio (promises of better widescreen video playback experience).
Currently, the Windows Phone 8 OS doesn’t support 1080p displays or quad-core processors. Thankfully, this will change with Microsoft’s upcoming WP8 GDR3 update which will add support for both the aforementioned. Quad-cores is just the beginning, prepare to see 1080p Windows Phone powered handsets hit the market in the next couple of months.