Microsoft is planning dual-core LTE capable Windows Phone 7 handsets according to WP7 unit boss Andy Lees. 

Speaking to, Lees explained that Microsoft has got new multi-core Windows Phone 7 handsets in the pipeline, in order to keep up with the cutting edge Android competition. 

He also spoke about the problems that LTE posed and how the company intended on getting it right on its mobile platform. 

"The first LTE phones were big and big (users) of the battery, and I think it’s possible to do it in a way that is far more efficient, and that’s what we will be doing."

Steve Balmer himself has admitted that Windows Phone 7 hasn't sold as well as Microsoft had hoped, but that it has ensured the company has regained its credibility in the mobile phone market. 

Microsoft has been taking it slow with WP7, with its latest Mango update adding multiple new features to the platform. 

"Our first (release) was about mindshare, and really getting the credibility, and I think (Mango) is really about starting to build unit volume and market share." Lees told Allthingsd.

Microsoft doesn't think that its Windows Phone 7 software is ready to take proper advantage of dual-core handsets, Lees believing that single-core WP7 phones can keep up with multi-core Android offerings in performance. 

"So, I think that what our strategy is is to put things in place that allow us to leapfrog, and I think that’s how we’ve gone from worse browser to the best browser, and I think the same is true with hardware", said Lees.

Pocket-lint is currently putting the HTC Titan through its paces, complete with its 1.5GHz processor and has noticed a significant jump in things like mobile browsing speed. Expect an even bigger boost in performance once Windows Phone 7 gains dual-core support.

What do you think? WP7 needs dual-core?