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?