Nokia Lumia 610, 710, 800 and 900 spec comparison: Processors

The Nokia Lumia range will soon be four-strong, but what are the technical differences between the Nokia Lumia 610, Nokia Lumia 710, Nokia Lumia 800 and the Nokia Lumia 900? In the first part of a new series we take a look at the difference in processing power between the four.

Nokia Lumia 610, 710, 800 and 900: which is right for you?

Since the release of the Nokia Lumia 800 people have marvelled at how quick and smooth everything feels on a Nokia Lumia phone. A large part of this is down to the highly efficient Windows Phone OS.

In fact, the Windows Phone operating system thrives on single-core processors while its key rivals have made the somewhat unnecessary jump to multi-core. Considering the vast majority of current smartphone tasks and apps simply aren’t programmed to take advantage of this, the drain on battery life and high cost of production just doesn’t seem worth it.

Especially when the Nokia Lumia range has such capable single-core processor. In actual fact, three of the Lumia range – the Nokia Lumia 710, Nokia Lumia 800 and Nokia Lumia 900 – run on nigh-on identical processor technology. That would be the 1.4GHz Scorpion CPU from Qualcomm.

This processor is the fastest currently running in any Windows Phone device, which means that these three phones offer the optimum Windows Phone OS experience.

In addition, all three of these Nokia Lumia phones feature the Adreno 205 GPU, which is responsible for driving the graphics. This capable and flexible unit is the reason you can get the stunning 3D world of ilomilo as well as the fluid scrolling of the Windows Phone IE9 web browser.

So what of the fourth and final Nokia Lumia device in the range, the Nokia Lumia 610? The name of the game with the Lumia 610 will be affordability – it’s going to be the device to open up the premium Windows Phone experience to the masses, which makes it rather important!

It also means that Nokia has had to be pretty clever with its specs in order to bring the cost of production – and thus the final retail price – down without sacrificing that slick feel. Its solution has been to include an 800MHz Qualcomm processor. That’s a fair bit lower than the 1.4GHz of the others, so how has the by now legendary Windows Phone snappiness been maintained?

Microsoft, the developer of the Windows Phone OS, has continued to work on its fine mobile operating system with plenty of input from its partner Nokia. The result is an OS that doesn’t just continue to evolve and develop new features, it also continues to get more and more efficient.

This means that the Windows Phone OS that will ship with the Nokia Lumia 610 will use up less resources than the current version, while preserving that fluid interface. There’ll also be a few smartly chosen cuts when it comes to background processes, but they’ll be done in such a way that you’ll be hard pressed to spot the difference!

It’s also worth noting that the Nokia Lumia 610 will have the same Adreno 205 GPU as the rest of the range, which is how it will continue to be able to run Xbox Live games, the IE9 web browser and other advanced graphic-heavy tasks.

So, that’s how the Nokia Lumia range’s processors stack up. Powerful yet efficient, and in perfect sync with the Windows Phone OS, you can be sure when you buy one that you’ll have a suitably premium experience whatever task or app you choose to run.