We have seen a rise in the superphone category. The latter-which is somewhat marketspeak- is perhaps a term used to describe devices that are evolving into portable computers.

Mobile World Congress 2012 will see another push in mobile tehnology to quad core processors running what will mainly be the Android OS. Great, more cores, more computing power! That is one school of thought. What about battery life? That is the argument on the other side of the fence.

Theoretically, more cores will allow the completion of more tasks simultaneously reducing power consumption. However, most us have begun to accept the day to day charging ritual required to keep these devices on full charge. We have even begun to accept the loss of the one week battery life device, a throwback to the old Nokia devices.

Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android deal with the management of their mobile OSs very differently. The differences are largely down to the priorities given to multitasking versus slickness of user interface. User interface is king in iOS land and Android gives greater importance to multitasking. However, the choice the end user makes is not dependent on this factor. In reality, it is the device, the ecosystem and the marketing that attracts the end user to a device. Perhaps its the device that attracts the consumer prior to other considerations.

Whichever way one plays it, phones will continue to have more cores with increasingly staggering benckmarks.

Moore’s Law continues.

Further reading:

Quad core will Reign at MWC and Why it Doesn’t Matter

Moore’s Law