Windows Phone 8 Apollo Getting Tested on Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Device

March 1, 2012, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Windows Phone Tango, an interim OS update to the smartphone platform from Microsoft is expected to surface in a matter of a month or so. So it is the apt time to talk about things beyond Tango.

Tango being not a major update, the credit goes to Windows Phone 8 code named Apollo. Recent emerging information suggests that Microsoft is having elaborate plans to bring in Snapdragon 4 power to Windows 8.

Reliable sources indicate that MS has already started testing Windows Phone 8 on a device with a Qualcomm chip.

Though the company is yet to make any confirmation on this, Apollo testing is reportedly taken out on a Qualcomm MSM8960 dual core 1.5 GHz chip powered device. It makes enough reason to speculate that at least one Windows Phone 8 device will be powered by this chip from Qualcomm when Apollo hits the market later this year.

We can almost be sure that Microsoft has seen how the Snapdragon S4 chip from Qualcomm has outwitted Samsung’s Exynos and Texas Instrument’s OMAP chip recently in the Vellamo benchmark results. Now they are looking if the chip can also bring in the same power to Windows Phone 8 devices too.

Looking for related grapevine, we came to know that Sprint has some eye on Windows Phone 8 devices and unofficial sources from the carrier says that they have decided not to introduce another Windows Phone until Windows Phone 8 devices come out.

There are reports which confirm this assumption, as it is learned that the carrier has already shared its LTE specifications with Nokia, the biggest Windows Phone vendor now, in a bid to secure one of the upcoming Apollo devices from Nokia stable.

We are happy that Microsoft is keen to give some Qualcomm dual-core taste to its upcoming platform. Now, we would like to know what your opinion is.

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