Windows Phone 8 details leaked: Dual core processor support coming, NFC too

Whoa, Nellie! The guys at Pocketnow have just scored a ton of information regarding the future of Microsoft’s Windows Phone operating system. Apparently they obtained a video where Joe Belfiore, Vice President of Windows Phone at Microsoft, goes through several of the new features that will be in Windows Phone Apollo, which at this point is all but confirmed as being called Windows Phone 8. This video was meant for Nokia’s partners, but it obviously escaped into the wrong hands. Here’s the condensed version of what’s in there: Apollo will support “multicore processors”, which we’ll take to mean dual core initially and quad core eventually. It’ll also supports four different screen resolutions, though Joe doesn’t go into specifics. We know 800 x 480 is one, 1280 x 720 is likely to be another; anyone want to hazard a guess as to the other two? We’re thinking 480 x 320 and 960 x 540. Support for microSD cards is also added, along with NFC support. The latter will work either via NFC built inside a smartphone or via NFC enabled SIM cards.

Regarding the heart of Windows Phone 8, there will be “heavy overlap” with “the kernel, networking stacks, security, and multimedia” aspects of the desktop version of Windows 8. Developers will be able to “reuse — by far — most of their code” from a Windows application when writing a Windows Phone 8 application. This confirms a report we filed last week.

Zune Desktop will get the axe, it’s going to get replaced by something more lightweight. Apps will also get a new ability to talk to each other, though details weren’t specified. As for Internet Explorer 10, it’s going to get a proxy feature similar to what Opera’s been doing for ages with Opera Mini and what Amazon is doing with Silk. This will help reduce data consumption. Speaking about data consumption, a new application will be bundled with Windows Phone 8 that will track data usage.

So is any of this real? Something tells us that yes, indeed it is, and that this leak is happening now because Microsoft will announce all of this stuff at Mobile World Congress later this month. It’s the only possible explanation. Why else would Joe make this video if he didn’t plan on talking about the operating system soon after he finished filming?

Update: Paul Thurrott from the SuperSite for Windows confirmed the news.

  • Unfortunately Android is low quality, and soon people who seek a
    problematic free OS will realize this. Windows Phone and iOS, possibly
    BB, will be the only respected smartphone platforms in the future…
    Android may hold the highest market share but that is common with low
    quality products, because they are very easily accessible. If Facebook
    pulls out of Android, they wont be the only ones, because others will
    soon pull out when they decide they don’t want to be associated with a
    platform that has male-ware, stability, consistency, and quality issues.
    Sorry to be so offensive, but this is my prediction, not my wish. I do
    not hope that Android fails at all, but I do hope people start to open
    up to other higher quality options like Windows Phone. I also hope that
    first time SP buyers choose wisely as well. A smartphone isn’t smarter
    because it is more complicated for the everyday user, has to be
    customized, or rooted to work properly, needs power and resource robing
    specification to perform at a acceptable pace. A true smartphone comes
    smart right out of the box! Think about that Facebook and developers…

  • Unfortunately Android is low quality, and soon people who seek a
    problematic free OS will realize this. Windows Phone and iOS, possibly
    BB, will be the only respected smartphone platforms in the future…
    Android may hold the highest market share but that is common with low
    quality products, because they are very easily accessible. If Facebook
    pulls out of Android, they wont be the only ones, because others will
    soon pull out when they decide they don’t want to be associated with a
    platform that has male-ware, stability, consistency, and quality issues.
    Sorry to be so offensive, but this is my prediction, not my wish. I do
    not hope that Android fails at all, but I do hope people start to open
    up to other higher quality options like Windows Phone. I also hope that
    first time SP buyers choose wisely as well. A smartphone isn’t smarter
    because it is more complicated for the everyday user, has to be
    customized, or rooted to work properly, needs power and resource robing
    specification to perform at a acceptable pace. A true smartphone comes
    smart right out of the box! Think about that Facebook and developers…

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    • Anonymous

      Not really ,

      Take windows desktop OS , many claim windows is vulnerable to viruses , unstable etc.
      Macs run really smooth because Apple integrated them very well but how many use Mac ? a 5% share maybe.

      Windows OS still sells like hotcake because it widely available to everyone and also very decent OS (may not be the best) with good integration (u can use ATI,Nvidia cards , change monitor , resolutions etc)

      Android allows very fluid integration with 3rd party apps , in iOS if i got an Email and if i pressed a link from Email , only Safari opens , i cannot choose opera or dolphin browser as my default browser , on other hand if i press the link from Email on android , it asks me to choose which browser to open the link.

      Even same with social integration , i have something to share , first on any platform u install apps u like (ex:facebook , yahoo etc) , In android if i want to share something i can share using any app by long pressing the link and choosing between facebook,yahoo etc (depending on apps i installed) , i can select facebook , linkedin , yahoo , twitter whatever i want but in iOS only twitter integration , and WP also cannot have 3rd party integration as android.

      Android allows u to use launchers,keyboards,live wallpapers etc , u can use device however u like , and also android devices come with high hardware specs every year like galaxy s3 or galaxy s2 for example so phone really doesnt slow down especially dual core ones.

      I just dont understand what u meant by high quality , if someone needs gaming , they buy a dedicated console because how much time battery lasts if u play games on smartphones ? not much.

      Facebook app removed ……so what ? u can use web app lol.
      Open facebook and create a bookmark on homescreen = equivalent to an app , thats what i do on my iOS device for youtube (youtube app given by apple never got new features comparing mobile youtube so i created web app of mobile site of youtube on home screen and it has youtube icon looks exactly like an app).

      True smartphone comes smart right out of box ? then why do iOS and WP have “settings” and “preferences” ? Everyone is unique and have certain needs.

      Only thing i agree is windows OS and iOS are highly polished but not as “free” as android phones.Android phones are more of open kind i agree but not truly open.
      After dual cores came , android is so much nice , i fell in love with android which i used to hate back in 2010.

  • Anonymous

    So, finally, after Mango, Tango and hopefully Apollo next year, WP will become a competitive platform:
     
     – enough speed (no more stupid bogged down MS hw specs)
     – big enough modern screen if the user wants (or smaller)
     – enough storage space (let’s face it, 16GB is nothing these days, but 64GB SDXC are coming down fast)
     – native C++ coding (maybe we’ll finally get Chrome and Firefox as browsers, instead of IE)
     – NFC (not that I would *ever* trust MS with my real-time, non-recourse payment system details)

    Looks like in 2013 WP will finally, hopefully deliver.

    Here’s hoping so.

    Now if they’d only fix the scroll-thumb-sore issues and non-scaling tiles of the metro UI, it would be a perfect set of fixes.

    • Pretty much!

    • Mango (7.5) has put it on par with iOS & Android and in some cases, ahead.  Apollo is just a beast of an update. 

    • Quad core FTW

    • Mikecyc

      Being a WP7 fan, I have to say Windows Phone is not keen by hardware manufacturers due to its (limited) hardware specification. We never see a STELLAR Windows phone launched that receives such a rave applause like iPhone4S, HTC OneX, Galaxy SIII when they are launched, and that is very unhealthy for sales and market share, and Windows Phone will never be seen as a leader (not even close to).

      Even as we are lookiong into Windows Phone 8 for hope, if the hardware options are just limited as described in this article, hope is vanishing fast. Hardware developes at a blazing fast speed. By the time WP8 is ready for market, all the specs mentioned are going to hold back innovation for all Window Phones for another few years again.

      WP8 now should be ready for full HD screen size (1080p), 8 core CPUs, zero lag camera,  41MP or more sensors, some serious multi-core GPUs, USB Host, extended secondary screen etc, to name a few.

      Hardware vendors should be free to explore implementing leading technologies such as haptic feedback screens, greese-free screen, detachable GPU cards, zero lag multitouch screen or even fuel-cells on new Windows Phones, before Apple takes them again.

  • Anonymous

    So, finally, after Mango, Tango and hopefully Apollo next year, WP will become a competitive platform:
     
     – enough speed (no more stupid bogged down MS hw specs)
     – big enough modern screen if the user wants (or smaller)
     – enough storage space (let’s face it, 16GB is nothing these days, but 64GB SDXC are coming down fast)
     – native C++ coding (maybe we’ll finally get Chrome and Firefox as browsers, instead of IE)
     – NFC (not that I would *ever* trust MS with my real-time, non-recourse payment system details)

    Looks like in 2013 WP will finally, hopefully deliver.

    Here’s hoping so.

    Now if they’d only fix the scroll-thumb-sore issues and non-scaling tiles of the metro UI, it would be a perfect set of fixes.

  • Yes they will fix all the bugs by 2013 lol.

    • What “bugs”? 

      • Anonymous

        Bugs?

    • Anonymous

      fix the bugs for Android? Android is broken by design.  Android will get hammered this year when people see the alternative and am sure Windows phone will keep improving what’s already a very nice and totally stable platform that does the job with no hassle.

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