Minimum hardware requirements for Windows Phone 7 revealed

24 February, 2010 | Comments (79) | Post your comment

Microsoft is putting an end to free style design and is specifying three variants of Windows Phone 7 devices, that prescribe form factor, CPU, graphics and possibly more. Each variant, or “chassis”, specifies one of the most popular form factors, though we only have specifics for Chassis 1 for now.

Chassis 1 describes the requirements for “big touchscreen” phones. There’s no minimum screen size or resolution yet, but previous rumors suggested 3.6” WVGA. The minimum requirements for the CPU are 1GHz (that’s right - minimum) and hardware graphics acceleration is mandatory. Obviously Microsoft is really keen on ensuring smooth and comparable UI experience over various devices.

There are less details about Chassis 2 and Chassis 3. Chassis 2 will have slide-out QWERTY keyboards in addition to the touchscreen (we guess CPU and graphics requirements are the same) and the Chassis 2 devices are said to be Treo-like (strange, because the Treos are bars with portrait QWERTYs, there’s no sliding).

It’s the Windows Phone 7 Chassis 3 devices that have the bar form factor. That would make them Treo-like, rather than the Chassis 2 phones, which sound more like, say, the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X2.

Previous rumors about the minimum hardware requirements for Windows Phone 7 devices also listed minimum camera resolution, GPS, Wi-Fi and even a minimum set of hardware buttons. These vary quite a lot, so we’re not sure about the specifics, but it looks like Windows Phone 7 devices will be inhabiting the high-end segment only and Microsoft will have a firm grip on the used hardware via stringent licensing procedures.

The first Windows Phone 7 Chassis 1 devices should launch in time for this year's holiday season. There's no word on when Chassis 2 and 3 phones will launch.

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Minimum hardware requirements for Windows Phone 7 revealed - reader comments

  • bob

the quality of game as you put it can be measured by the console attach rate which is the number of games per console sold which xbox 360 has the highest in history because of the quality of games. you talk about the PS3 specs but the real spec that ...

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  • 2010-06-30 18:20
  • CWjB
  • Anonymous

"Xbox360 is VERY nice, considered the best gaming console by many at the moment" WRONG. What is best can be measured in 2 ways: sales and/or game quality. The Wii outsells the 360. The PS3 outspecs the 360. "Zune HD is also n...

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  • 2010-05-18 19:11
  • mfAG
  • Anonymous

Wrong. RIM has the most used OS for business smartphones.

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  • 2010-05-18 19:00
  • mfAG