Nokia Corporation (ADR) (NOK): Quad-Core Coming to Lumia?

Nokia Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:NOK) has received some positive reviews for its Lumia line of handsets that run on the Windows Phone operating system by Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), even though it runs on less horsepower than some competing devices due to its dual-core processors. However, a lot of feedback has been positive in favor of how Windows Phone operates on a dual-core processor. Though Lumia handsets are generally being sold as premium, high-end devices, they generally have not measured up in specs to some of the other high-end devices in the market. Either the handsets are lacking in power in terms of processor, display or even battery life, in some areas these devices seem to be left wanting for the price.

Nokia Corporation (ADR) (NOK)But there is a sign that things might be changing at Nokia Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:NOK), at least if some released developer code is any indication. Word is, as gleaned from the developer code, that Nokia could be working on a new Lumia handset that could run on a QUALCOMM, Inc. (NASDAQ:QCOM)Snapdragon quad-core processor, which would put Lumia on par in terms of power and speed with most of the other premium-priced devices on the market. There are few details about this new device – at least, we have yet to hear any rumors or see any “leaked” photos – other than this, and the  appearance that the new device would not run full 1080p HD on the display, but the quad-core processor certainly would be interesting to see how much better Windows Phone would work  with this amount of speed and power.

Could this be the developer code for the Lumia EOS that Nokia Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:NOK) may reveal at its press event in July? Is this the code for a phone with a 41-megapixel PureView camera sensor? That seems intriguing, but Nokia was able to run a 41MP camera sensor on its 808 device with a single-core processor, so power and speed isn’t necessary for something like that. This is something that is being considered, however, especially if this new Lumia has additional features that may take a better, faster processor to execute.

It seems that speculation will just have to abound for a bit until we hear more definitive rumors about whether this developer code actually signals a new Nokia Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:NOK) device or refers to the as-yet-unconfirmed Nokia EOS device. What do you think? Can this step up to a quad-core processor help Nokia and Windows Phone  gain more fans? Does this signal some additional features on a new device that we have not seen yet from Nokia? Give us your feedback in the comments section below.