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Microsoft Testing Dual-Core Windows 8 Handset for Sprint?

Windows Phone 8 - Apollo

If Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 1.5GHz dual-core processor was impressive on Android, can it do the same for Windows Phone 8?

The Verge is reporting that Microsoft has begun running tests on Windows Phone 8 running on a Qualcomm MSM8960 chipset.  Reportedly Sprint is interested in the device and has gone so far as to share its LTE specifications with Nokia in advance of a possible release.  The Now Network hasn’t released any Windows Phone handsets since the HTC Arrive last March, and has yet to announce any plans for any devices running Windows Phone 7.5.  One source has suggested that this is by design and the carrier is opting to wait for the release of the next iterations of the operation system which is currently codenamed “Apollo.”

Despite all of the talk about quad-core chips this week at Mobile World Congress, it is obvious that dual-core chips will be with us for some time still.  While this may cause some to fret, you need to remember that the Snapdragon S4 has posted impressive benchmarks in just about every test it has been through.  If Microsoft can get its OS to run on this architecture, we should be in for a pretty awesome phone.

[via The Verge]

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Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...