First Quad-core Windows Phone Wipes Out Android's Hardware Lead

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Nokia Lumia 1520

By hardware gap, I am referring to processing power. One of the factors that have been touted as an advantage that Android devices have over Windows Phone is processing power. Before now, while Android flagships had been running quad-core processors, no Windows Phone device had that muscle. Not that Windows Phone needed that much processing power to perform fluidly. However, the gap didn’t help perception. With the arrival of the Lumia 1520 phablet in the market, Windows Phone has wiped out that gap.

Here is a list of the most powerful devices from some leading manufacturers:

  • Nokia Lumia 1520: Quad-core 2.2 GHz Krait 400
  • Sony Xperia Z Ultra: Quad-core 2.2 GHz Krait 400
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3: Quad-core 2.3 GHz Krait 400
  • LG G2: Quad-core 2.26 GHz Krait 400

All of the above devices spot the Qualcomm MSM8974 Snapdragon 800 chipset. The Nokia Lumia 1520, the very first Windows Phone device to feature a quad-core processor, is bang up-to-date in terms of raw processing power. This should also mean – theoretically – that it runs smoother than its Android competitors, but we shall have to wait for real life comparisons to give a valid verdict on that.

Now that Windows Phone has wiped out the processing power lead that Android used to have, what next?


  1. Reading this makes me very angry not with the writer or the content of the write up, but knowing that I am reading this the very day Nokia’s shareholders are sealing the deal for the death of Nokia.
    Nokia, my first love, may your soul R.I.P

  2. Well, specs is of course, not everything.

    There are v6 automobiles that outperform v8, and suck in less fuel, doing so.

    It would be interesting to see the kind of competition and technological innovations the acquired Nokia will keep bringing to the mobile table.

    With truckloads of money to further push R&D, and Windows long-term history of software wizardry, the acquisition may a not not such a terrible thing.

    The customers sure stand to gain a kit from the meshing of Microsoft software knowhow and old Nokia’s hardware savoir-faire.


    Andy, take heart.

    Clearly, you are not alone in your anger. But that’s life.

    The best products don’t always win, the most competent and gifted individuals don’t always reach their deserved Heights, the most passionate companies don’t always stand the test or business times.

    Companies rise, they fall, life continues.

  3. Now that Windows Phone has wiped out the processing power lead
    that Android used to have, what next?

    Well Mr Mo, Nokia/Windows Phone catching up in hardware is not all that matters. As you rightly observed, hardware is just one of the deficiencies and that’s just only minor part of the deficiencies with Windows Phone devices. The major problem lies with the software and again just like you rightly observed, Windows Phone devices do not need those high specced hardware to run smoothly because the underlying operating system doesn’t do much anyway. Until the problem of the operating system that powers the devices are taken care of, Windows Phone will continue to lag the competition.

    As we know, Windows Phone devices from Nokia presently has the best camera on any smartphones, that’s again excellent hardware but the problems plaguing the operating system won’t let it do so well against the competition powered by iOS and Android.

    What’s next? Windows Phone and devices running on them will keep struggling against the competition until the problem – Windows Phone operating system is fixed.

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