Nokia CEO Stephen Elop has reportedly stated in an interview that he believes dual and quad-core processors are simply a waste of battery life and the performance benefits they bring are questionable.
Elop is quoted as saying that “the so-called dual-core, quad-core mobile phones can only waste batteries, but not be useful for consumers all the time” in an interview with the Chinese newspaper Yangcheng Evening News.
The Finnish manufacturer has gone to great lengths to extol the virtues of the single-core processors which inhabit its Lumia range of smartphones, with high profile competitions such as the ‘Smoked by Windows Phone’ challenge which aimed to inform consumers that more cores does not necessarily equal a faster phone (although this plan has backfired on occasion).
This is not the first time that Elop has gone on record in opposition to the multi core ethos. In January he stated that quad-core phones were only useful to “keep your hands warm in your pocket”.
With the mobile world moving en masse to multi core processors, it will be interesting to see whether Nokia stand firm on single core or capitulate to the desires of the smartphone-buying public in the future.