Nokia falls behind

Beancounter at Ovum have warned Nokia that its smart-phone technology is simply not up to scratch.

In a report, Ovum said that smartphone manufacturers were bringin in more powerful hardware capable of handling advanced graphics and video processing.

Everyone+dog was moving away from ARM11-based processors to ARM Cortex A8 and Qualcomm Snapdragon chipsets.  Well other than Nokia.

The report said that Nokia’s flagship hardware is underpowered and needs a little more grunt if the outfit is going to compete.

Only its niche N900 handset has the next-generation chipset but the N97 and N97 mini run on ARM11 at below 500MHz.

To make matters worse it has less memory than a two day old baby which has been binge drinking since its first birthday. Most run  128MB of RAM, dispite the fact that other platforms run more than double that.

The current market high-end is a Snapdragon chipset at 1GHz, with 448MB of RAM and other manufacturers are queuing up to announce handsets with equivalent specifications. 

Ovum points out that Nokia has been quiet and there is little to think that there will be any improvements in the short term.

Nokia’s screen resolution is also pants.  Out of 20 handsets with highest screen resolution, Nokia has just one – again, the N900. 

Its touchscreen handsets use resistive screens rather than the capacitive type favored by most consumers.  It is the only major manufacturer still producing multiple smartphones in the candy bar/numeric keypad form factor.