“Having a second core is actually a detriment” on Android Phones Video Proof


With the new Quad Core phones coming out and you still have a single core phone you are probably thinking that you are missing out…right? Not so fast. According to Mike Bell, GM of Intel’s Mobile and Communications Group Intel’s internal testing had shown multi-core implementations running slower than single core on Android devices.

Want proof? Here is a hands on video I made of a Single Core Windows Phone vs a Dual Core Android.  Guess which one is faster?

Want to know why this is…According to Bell:

“If you take a look a lot of handsets on the market, when you turn on the second core or having the second core there [on die], the [current] leakage is high enough and their power threshold is low enough because of the size of the case that it isn’t entirely clear you get much of a benefit to turning the second core on. We ran our own numbers and [in] some of the use cases we’ve seen, having a second core is actually a detriment, because of the way some of the people have not implemented their thread scheduling.”

“The way it’s implemented right now, Android does not make as effective use of multiple cores as it could, and I think – frankly – some of this work could be done by the vendors who create the SoCs, but they just haven’t bothered to do it.”

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