Chief executive officer of Nokia Stephen Elop has claimed that dual-core processors – as seen on some Samsung and Apple products among others – hinder mobile phones rather than help them.
Chinese-language publication Yangchen claims the company's chief dismissed multi-core phones as nothing more than a gimmick.
Nokia's latest smartphone offerings the Lumia series have been pushed by the Finnish firm in an attempt to arrest the alarming slide, which led the company to suggest it would lose money in the first six months of this year.
The Lumia series runs off one processor and had been expected to be a big competitor to other major manufacturers.
However, developers noticed a software bug in the device, meaning people were inconvenienced by the data problem last week.
"Dual-core, quad-core mobile phones are just a waste of battery, and are seldom useful," the chief executive officer was quoted as saying.
Posted by Simon Thomas