Microsoft announces low-end WP7 chassis, possibly for Tango

Microsoft announces low-end WP7 chassis, possibly for Tango
New specs are coming out about a lower-end chassis that will be made part of the Windows Phone line-up, but little is known about the chassis and where it will land. We've been hearing for a while that Microsoft is working on a minor update for Windows Phone, called Tango, which will be designed to run on low-end devices, and it's possible that this new chassis will be the base for those phones. 

Most of the specs on this chassis would be compatible with all versions of Windows Phone including: multitouch support of at least 4 points, A-GPS, Accelerometer, Compass and Proximity sensors, minimum 3 MP camera, and MicroUSB and 3.5mm headphone connectors. The big difference here is that rather than the standard 8 GB minimum internal storage size, this chassis has a minimum of just 2 GB of storage needed. There's no word yet on the minimum CPU requirement, but as we've seen in many other devices, smaller internal storage is a quick and easy way to reduce cost. 

There's still a lot we don't know here. Given the right CPU, this chassis could likely handle Mango, but it also could easily swing the other way and require something light like a Qualcomm MSM7227 and go for a much lower-end market. 

source: via WMPU



1. Corpsemaker

Posts: 63; Member since: Jul 10, 2010

They should be announcing a high-end chassis...

2. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

Good point. Has Microsoft even sanctioned dual-core processors yet?

5. quesoesgrande

Posts: 217; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

yeah... the really should be focusing on getting the big ticket items out first so the can make tons of money on that and when they have extra money in their pockets they can invest in lower end

8. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

That's not how it works... They try to get as many units out to as big of a population out. They feel there is a larger population in the East, with less budgets to spend on phones, but needing the new iteration of the "cell-phone". As a business model it makes sense... As a US consumer... I AGREE WITH ALL YOU ABOVE ME! Get a "superhero device"!

3. Axial unregistered

Forget the dual-core CPUs, I want: 1.) better GPU; the Adreno 205 is getting long in the tooth. Hell, maybe sanction Tegra 2 and/or Kal-El? Or bug Qualcomm to give WP7 the Adreno 220. ANything, really. 2.) higher screen resolutions. Why don't we make this easy and skip straight to 1280x720, Microsoft? Or would such a high resolution make WP7 encroach too closely to Windows 8's turf? 3.) Micro-USB port standardized to the top or bottom so we can have a game-pad attachment for some serious play; let's leverage that XBL capability. And no, I don't want a swappable tray.

4. quesoesgrande

Posts: 217; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

if i were to go windows (and if mango impresses me i might) then why would i want low end? I don't know if i could live with a low end phone after my sensation.

6. inside_ur_heart2003 unregistered

this is the nothing just capturing the market.. i guess they are looking forward to Asia's market too.

7. Rikkirik unregistered

Low end phones are for people who don't want a high end phone, because the only thing they do is make calls with them. It's a smart move of Microsoft to not only have high end spec phones but also low end, especially for the emerging markets (who can't afford high end phones) where a lot of rivals like Google are trying to make inroads with cheaper phones. Heck even Apple is thinking about producing and marketing cheaper phones. Even in like China most mobiles sold are low end. You canoot gain marketshare by only investing in high end phones. To keep ahead of the competition low and high end phones is a must.

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit for samples and additional information.