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Why Microsoft Needs Intel's Smartphone Processors

Summary

The exclusive use of Qualcomm processors inside Windows phones needs to stop.

The Windows smartphone-as-a-computer concept can only come true using Intel's processor.

Project Centennial’s promise to convert millions of legacy Windows programs to Universal Windows 10 Platform is doubtful.

Dual-booting Windows 10 Mobile and Windows 10 phones is a great idea for business-class handsets.

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) needs to revise its phone strategy. With less than 3% global smartphone share, the partnership with Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM) is not working out. It is time for Microsoft to build premium Windows phones with Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) processors. A flagship $600 Surface phone with an Intel Atom x5 or Core M processor is highly desirable.

An Intel-flavored handset might improve the stale state of Windows phones. Allowing third-party phone vendors to use any processor may also increase industry support for WM10 devices. Aside from fringe player Acer and Hewlett-Packard (NYSE:HPQ), there are no other major firms that will support high-end Windows 10 phones.

Third-party manufacturers might favor Windows 10 phones if the Continuum for Phones concept is fully implemented. Continuum's ambitious proposal is that high-end W10M phones could be used as portable computers. This is a killer idea that certainly appeals to enterprise users.

Unfortunately, all Windows 10 Mobile phones are still exclusively equipped with ARM-based processors from Qualcomm. They are limited to running watered-down versions of mobile-centric apps (like Office 365) when connected to external displays. Even the Lumia 950 XL and Hewlett-Packard's Elite x3 are incompatible with legacy...


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