Nokia CEO calls multi-core processors useless and wasteful

Ever since LG put a dual core nVidia Tegra 2 onto the Optimus 2X , the dual core processor has been a huge selling point for a lot of phones, including the iPhone 4S, Samsung Galaxy SII and the Motorola Droid RAZR. The very impressive launch of the Nokia Lumia 900, however, has shown that a single core processor is still good for something. This idea was taken a step further by Nokia CEO Stephen Elop in an interview with a Chinese newspaper, where he outright called multicore processors wasteful and useless by saying “The so-called dual-core, quad-core mobile phones can only waste batteries, but not be useful for consumers all the time.”

Of course, Windows Phone won’t support dual core processors at least until Windows Phone 8 Apollo comes out. Could this be the reason why Elop is so against multicores? Or is this why Nokia decided to go with Windows Phone in the first place? In theory, not having to worry about a dual core processor would keep the production costs down and battery life up.