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Report: Microsoft Testing WP8 on Dual-Core CPU for Sprint

By - Source: The Verge | B 12 comments

Windows Phone is finally getting some multi-core action.

Just a couple of days ago, we heard that Samsung was committed to launching Windows Phone 8 handsets before the end of the year. The company said at Mobile World Congress that it planned to release Windows Phone 8 devices when the platform became available, something that is scheduled to happen at the end of this year. Today we're on the receiving end of yet more news regarding Windows Phone 8. The latest reports say that Microsoft is currently busy testing a dual-core Snapdragon solution for Sprint.

According to the Verge, Microsoft engineers have started testing Qualcomm's dual-core 1.5GHz S4 system-on-chip to ensure it's ready for "at least one Windows Phone 8 handset due later this year." Verge sources say Sprint is interested in a Windows Phone 8 device running the S4 and has talked to Nokia about its LTE specifications. Sprint is said to be so eager to get a Windows Phone 8 device for its repertoire, that it's rumored to have decided not to launch any more Windows handsets until WP8 becomes available.

Windows Phone 8, also known as 'Apollo' is the follow on to Windows Phone 7.5. According to Paul Thurrott, Windows Phone 8 will be based on the Windows 8 kernel (as opposed to the Windows CE current versions of Windows Phone are based on) and Microsoft will launch Windows Phone 8 close to Windows 8. Word has it that the new mobile OS will offer more choices for hardware including support for multicore processors, new screen resolutions, and removable microSD card storage.

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    de5_Roy , March 2, 2012 1:21 PM
    why is wp 8 being called 'apollo'? that is way off of 'mango'.
    or is it like when someone yells 'MANGOOOO!!' and you gotta answer 'APOLLOOO'...
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    Anonymous , March 2, 2012 1:28 PM
    Yeah, but will current Mango devices be upgraded to Apollo when it's released? Nobody seems to be saying!
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    Anonymous , March 2, 2012 1:39 PM
    I think mango is sweet which gives customers a good chance to try new platform. Then we dance tango everywhere, expand more customer base around the world. Finally, time to boost sales with apollo, launching to new levels of satisfation.

    Hehe not sure if i'm right about that.
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    phamhlam , March 2, 2012 2:50 PM
    Hmm. I wonder where all the android and iOS fanboys are to hate on Windows Phone?

    I am excited that Sprint is doing this. It must be an LTE headset since Verizon and Sprint have a hard time getting CDMA phones. Either way, Apollo is going to be a great update for everyone but I am pretty sure most 1st gen Windows Phone user are upgrading.
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    madooo12 , March 2, 2012 5:23 PM
    "removable microSD card storage." +1

    it must be cool going your own way and not blindly copying apple

    should also support LTE, NFC, USB mass storage and stuff like that
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    blazorthon , March 2, 2012 5:51 PM
    FooDaddyYeah, but will current Mango devices be upgraded to Apollo when it's released? Nobody seems to be saying!


    There probably won't be any WP7 to WP8 upgrades on the WP7 hardware, but I say this out of speculation.

    phamhlamHmm. I wonder where all the android and iOS fanboys are to hate on Windows Phone?I am excited that Sprint is doing this. It must be an LTE headset since Verizon and Sprint have a hard time getting CDMA phones. Either way, Apollo is going to be a great update for everyone but I am pretty sure most 1st gen Windows Phone user are upgrading.


    Most people stopped hating on Windows Phone once version 7 came out because unlike all older versions, WP7 is actually good. At that point it was mostly people who has bad experiences with WP6.x or jumped on the hate Microsoft bandwagon for various reasons.
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    mcd023 , March 2, 2012 8:38 PM
    congthanhgiongI think mango is sweet which gives customers a good chance to try new platform. Then we dance tango everywhere, expand more customer base around the world. Finally, time to boost sales with apollo, launching to new levels of satisfation.Hehe not sure if i'm right about that.

    That's the most creative sales pitch I've heard in a while!
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    mcd023 , March 2, 2012 8:40 PM
    I'm pretty sure that the other devices will be upgradeable to WP8, at least from what I read a while ago on the dev forums.
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    alikum , March 2, 2012 9:54 PM
    blazorthonThere probably won't be any WP7 to WP8 upgrades on the WP7 hardware, but I say this out of speculation.Most people stopped hating on Windows Phone once version 7 came out because unlike all older versions, WP7 is actually good. At that point it was mostly people who has bad experiences with WP6.x or jumped on the hate Microsoft bandwagon for various reasons.

    Your speculation is wrong. Nokia has openly confirmed that the first batch of Lumia, namely 710, 800 and 900 can be upgraded to Apollo once it comes out. That means, all our current handsets are upgradable too, regardless of generations. Since MSFT placed a strict requirements on hardware since day 1, then all handsets shouldn't have any problems upgrading, the only thing unconfirmed is Tango phones running on lower spec.
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    blazorthon , March 2, 2012 10:10 PM
    alikumYour speculation is wrong. Nokia has openly confirmed that the first batch of Lumia, namely 710, 800 and 900 can be upgraded to Apollo once it comes out. That means, all our current handsets are upgradable too, regardless of generations. Since MSFT placed a strict requirements on hardware since day 1, then all handsets shouldn't have any problems upgrading, the only thing unconfirmed is Tango phones running on lower spec.


    mcd023I'm pretty sure that the other devices will be upgradeable to WP8, at least from what I read a while ago on the dev forums.


    Well, it seems that I stand corrected about upgrading to WP8. Thanks for the info, it sucks to just sit here and be wrong.
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    blazorthon , March 4, 2012 6:01 PM
    Actually, it seems that my speculation may have been correct.

    http://www.tomsguide.com/us/Windows-Phone-7.x-Windows-Phone-8-Upgrade-Windows-8-apollo,news-14348.html#BOM_comments

    There's a more recent article on this topic of WP7 upgrading to WP8 and according to it, and apparently a Microsoft rep, WP7 and WP8 will be fairly different operating systems and WP7 won't upgrade to WP8.
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    Anonymous , March 13, 2012 10:32 AM
    Im excited about the new WP8..but i want to know if it will be able to support file sharing, over bluetooth connection..and if it will have File explorer for easier and convenient management of files,just like there was in Windows Mobile 6 and 5..
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