So far, Windows Phone has done an admirable job at avoiding temptations to get caught up in the hardware spec rat race, as so many Android OEMs do. WP hardware may not have the highest-end components around, but darn it – it gets the job done. Still, while the platform may not be racing to adopt the bleeding edge, it does need to modernize itself from time to time – just look at the addition of 720p support last year. We’ve already heard rumors that 1080p could be in the platform’s future, along with support for new SoCs to help drive all those pixels. The latter’s where our interest lies today, upon the discovery of some evidence hinting at Nokia’s work with Snapdragon 800 chips.
References to the Snapdragon 800 show up multiple times in files on the company’s software development site. We see both text strings referencing an 800 SoC itself, model MSM8974, as well as the 800’s GPU, the Adreno 330.
While it’s not a guarantee that chips described in these docs will find their way into Nokia hardware, that has been the company’s MO in the past. Could this be the early sign of work on a new Lumia, designed with future WP8 quad-core support in mind? It’s possible, but there is one notably missing bit: so far, there doesn’t seem to be any evidence of 1080p screens.