Lumia 920T (Chinese Variant) Packs Adreno 320 GPU Rather than Standard Adreno 225

| November 9, 2012 | 13 Replies

It would appear that the Chinese variant of the Lumia 920, has a couple of differences from its international brother; the major one besides the networks supported would be that the 920T packs an Adreno 320 GPU rather than  the 225 which was elected as the unofficial standard for flagship Windows Phone 8 devices. Of course a faster GPU is always better, but seeing as no other WP8 device has the improved processor it doesn’t look like it will be getting much work done besides better power management.


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  • Heron

    So the next flagship device is extremely likely to have these inside. Looking forward to it.

    I wonder when will Nokia finally get in some NovaThor action inside their Lumias though.

    • Harangue

      Those idea have probably been canned, especially considering none of the current gen NovaThor chips match or exceed anyhting Krait (Qualcomm) based. Krait is made on a more modern and efficient 28nm process whereas the NovaThor is made on 32 or even 45nm for the more widely available models.

      Also, almost all Qualcomm chips integrate all the wirelss stuff unlike the NovaThor which in most cases all require a separate radio. Not to mention the unoptimized WP code for NovaThor chips.

      • Vineet

        Actually the NovaThor stands for Nova (Application processor) and Thor (for the integrated modems). The chips without connectivity are called simply, Nova 😀

        But yes, ST-Ericsson is in a Nokia-esque transition of its own with a troubled lineup and delivery problems. I doubt they are going to remain a major player for much longer.

        • migo

          Yeah, can anyone name one smartphone released recently that uses an STE chip?

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  • stylinred

    so chinese developed apps will likely take advantage of the gpu

    so if i was to get a 920 i should probably get the chinese variant? :/ are the radios the same?

    • Don’t think so, China is known for its CDMA network or something or the other; which is only used there and some parts of Russia I think, which is why they always get a different variant of phones; the only noticeable difference will probably be better battery life due to less GPU taxation.

      • Harangue

        Radios are supposedly the same, the reason the 920T has the slightly newer/different S4 is because that apparantly supports Chinese CDMA frequencies which the normal one doesn’t. Tech specs don’t back that story up though since both support the Chinese standard.

        Well, maybe we’ll see a 920+ with 64GB and Adreno 320 chip in January 😛

        • zymo

          More likely is that you see a 41MP Lumia “808” with Adreno 320 GPU at MWC. Releasing an upgraded 920 sometime in Q1 would be a bad move. Many 920 owners would be pis**d off. But a camera centric Lumia which is going to be quite bulky won’t be competing with the 920.

          • migo

            Nokia’s track record suggests there won’t be a PV1 Lumia for at least a year.

      • Carbontubby

        The 920T and previous “T” variants of Lumia and Symbian devices are for China Mobile. The network uses GSM for 2G and TD-SCDMA for 3G, a homegrown standard that no one else uses. It’s closer to WCDMA (the usual European 3G standard) than Qualcomm’s CDMA network.

        China Telecom uses Qualcomm’s CDMA and EVDO and China Unicom use standard GSM and WCDMA like most of the world.

        • Carbontubby

          The radios used are different because the network stack is completely different.

          World GSM/WCDMA phones can be used in 2G on China Mobile and 2G/3G on China Unicom. To get 3G on China Mobile, you need TD-SCDMA support, which Nokia is one of the few foreign manufacturers making phones for. American and Korean CDMA phones can be used on China Telecom.

          Whew 🙂