Microsoft makes hardware requirements for WP devices less stringent

Microsoft makes hardware requirements for WP devices less stringent
Microsoft seems to have loosened its grip on the hardware requirements for Windows Phone 7 devices and no longer forces phone makers to include a camera in their handsets. In addition, some of the sensors are also no longer obligatory. The gyro which aids the motion sensing abilities of devices is also not a must-have, and some of the latest handsets like the HTC Radar don't have it.

The novelty affects four items which are now considered optional hardware: the rear and front facing cameras, the compass and the gyro.

We've already seen, that some handsets like the upcoming ZTE Tania have also hinted that Microsoft has stepped down from requiring a minimum of 8GB of on-board memory, but that's still listed as a requirement. Take a look at the list below to freshen up your mind about what is the minimum hardware to make that Windows Phone platform tick:

  • Start, Search and Back button,
  • Big WVGA display that would render most pages in full-page width,
  • Capacitive 4-point multi-touch display,
  • Connectivity via cellular data and Wi-Fi,
  • 256MB RAM or more, 8 gigs internal memory,
  • A-GPS,
  • Accelerometer.

Could the new requirements bring forth a new wave of Windows Phones, this time with a much more affordable price tag? Here's to hoping.

source: WPCentral



1. chocolatebear76

Posts: 123; Member since: Mar 03, 2011

RAM not good enough,MS still trailing

3. Muhannad

Posts: 455; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

256MB of RAM is probably going to be used in budget devices when the 'Tango' updated is released.

11. drahmad

Posts: 480; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

what does Muhannad mean?

10. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

That's just minimum ram most windows phones have 512.

2. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

with this manufactures can make some new cool smartphones a really thigh up system for MS work model slows a bit how they roll new stuff, this will make them grow faster

4. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

that would make sense with the "tango" upgrade thats about to roll out which MS said was for budget devices.

5. DontHateOnS60

Posts: 872; Member since: Apr 20, 2009

Camera key should be a requirement as well.

6. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Agree. That is really, really popular feature among camera enthusiasts.

7. simplyj

Posts: 406; Member since: Dec 23, 2009

A camera key is nice sometimes, but I'd rather have a phone with only a power/lock button and that's it. volume can be managed from inside the phone itself as also does taking pictures.

8. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

What I kinda do not understand is that there have always been minimum standards, but very few maximum standards. There is a great potential with the next wave of devices, especially with WP8 on the horizon, to make higher end devices that really compete with Android. Why are manufacturers just settling for the lowest everything that Microsoft wants?

9. Jyakotu

Posts: 867; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

It's a great way for Microsoft to push out budget devices for those who want a smartphone, but are first time adopters.

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