CALIFORNIA CHIP DESIGNER Qualcomm issued a statement today clarifying that it will power Windows Phone 8 devices with its dual core Snapdragon S4 Plus series 4 mobile processor.
Qualcomm said the announcement means it "continues to power 100 per cent of Windows Phone devices as part of the Company's longstanding collaboration with Microsoft", but failed to say whether this is meant for the long term.
When we asked a Qualcomm spokesman, he told The INQUIRER that the California company powers all Windows Phone devices for the time being "but this may change", leading us to question whether the rumours that Microsoft is looking to Nvidia to power some of its future phones are true.
Microsoft's use of Qualcomm's S4 chip, which was announced at Computex in Taiwan earlier this month, also means that Windows Phone 8 devices will support 4G LTE connectivity due to a modem that is built into it.
Microsoft unveiled its next-generation mobile operating system on Wednesday, anticipating that Windows Phone 8 will make its debut this Autumn. The new operating system will feature a revamped interface running on a choice of two beefed-up WXGA or HD displays and will be the first Windows phone to support multi-core chip architecture. µ
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