General manager of Intel’s Mobile and Communications Group Mike Bell has defended the firm’s use of single-core chip processors on its mobile phone.

The company has been criticised in some quarters for planning on releasing its first Android smartphone – the Orange San Diego – with a 1.6GHz single-core processor.

However, Mr Bell told IT Pro that the device will be able to provide the high-end performance seen from its dual-core rivals.

He said that the number of cores used in processors for mobile phones are bandied around by executives that have nothing else to say.

Mr Bell claims that in some cases multi-core can be faster but Intel can ensure the speed of the processor without having to use multiple cores at the moment.

“In some of the cases we’ve seen, having a second core is actually a detriment because of the way the thread scheduling has been implemented,” he continued.

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