Windows Phone 8 Will Be Powered By a Snapdragon S4 Plus Processor

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Qualcomm and Microsoft are continuing their cozy relationship with Snapdragon S4 Plus processors set to power Windows Phone 8.


A couple weeks ago, Qualcomm launched tiers for the Snapdragon platform. The S4 Plus is built for a wide array of smartphones. It's dual-core, up to 1.7GHz, up to Adreno 305 GPU, it has built-in 3G and 4G LTE, USB 2.0, and Bluetooth. It's a nice bit of kit, and for the geeks out there it will be the Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8960, specifically, according to Qualcomm.

It's interesting that they would only mention the Plus at this point, because Microsoft said today that Windows 8 would support multiple cores (up to 64 cores, which are of course powered by fairy earwax and happy thoughts). The S4 Pro is the one that can have up to four cores and an Adreno 320 GPU, but we've not seen any of these yet, so perhaps they're just waiting to announce that at a later date. Regardless, nice to know where your guts are coming from. [Qualcomm]

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Wilford Brimley

Microsoft sucks. I wonder if WP8 will be as incredibly inefficient as their operating system.

I mean just look at boot times. On one PC, hackintosh OS X starts up in 18 seconds, while a FRESH install of W7 takes 38 seconds. Even if you ignore my results, Windows is consistently shown to be much more inefficient than OS X. Macs have no registry, the file system is much more efficient (you'll never need to defragment a Mac), and malware is so rare on macs that it breaks the news when a new one comes out.

I feel so sorry for you guys that have to deal with windows. I really do.