Microsoft may lower the minimum hardware specs for WP, more Mango details coming during MIX 2011

Microsoft may lower the minimum hardware specs for WP, more Mango details coming during MIX 2011
Today is the opening day of MIX 2011, and plenty of rumors are in full swing, suggesting what we are to see and hear in Las Vegas between April 12 and April 14.

Reports claim Microsoft may officially announce it's to relax the minimum hardware requirements it demands from the Windows Phone manufacturers, effectively meaning that we could see low and mid-end handsets powered by Microsoft's mobile OS.

It seems extremely likely that this will happen at some point in the future, as Nokia's CEO Stephen Elop has confirmed the Finnish firm is to be allowed to target "a very low price point" for its future WP phones. According to sources familiar with the matter, Microsoft is ready to make this compromise in order to be able to battle with Android for the mid and low-end segment of the market and may make this strategy official during MIX 11.

The exact practical implementations of this alleged shift in Microsoft's Windows Phone strategy are yet unknown, but speculations center around the idea that the affordable WP handsets are to have a 800MHz processors and smaller or lower-resolution screens.

Microsoft won't focus on hardware only during MIX 11, and it's anticipated that the Redmond-based giant will announce some new or updated features for its upcoming Mango update, among which are a mobile version of IE9 that will support Silverlight, camera API improvements and full socket support for developers. As of now, it's official that the arrival of Mango will bring multitasking and a browser based on IE9 to Windows Phone, as well as Twitter integration (within the People Hub) and cloud support for Microsoft Office.

Also, it's alleged that Mango may be released as Windows Phone 7.5. While it's officially stated it's to come in late 2011, rumors continue to claim it will be delayed until 2012.

source: WinRumors via Electronista

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7 Comments

1. JeffdaBeat unregistered

I don't like this at all. Right now you can get a WP7 at $50. Lowering the specs puts us, again, in line with Android (nothing wrong with Android, but again the fragmentation). The minimum should stay where it is and we should build up from there.

2. Gsmalltheway

Posts: 277; Member since: Aug 15, 2009

Totally agree with that

4. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

No. I don't agree. Putting wp7 at a lower price point will open them up to a huge market of people who want a nice phone but dont want the data plan. This is how android gets the majority of its people--they want the niceness but not the data. Wp7 can deliver on this. It is an extremely appealing os and is just the thing for people described above. There will be no fragmentation with wp7 because microsoft doesnt allow any customization of its software-this solves the issue for the majority of the time.

6. PhoneLuver

Posts: 481; Member since: Jul 05, 2010

It all seems like a step backwards to Windows Mobile... And who wants that??

3. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

not just that, but the fact that the 1 ghz processors and the other bits of required hardware will be cheaper to manufacturer later than now, and are cheaper now than when they were introduced about a year ago. I mean, fine, if they can do so without alienating the software they have developed for the platform now, but otherwise leave the requirements as is.

5. simpleleong

Posts: 14; Member since: Jun 08, 2010

Simply said, they need to make a few lower end models to attract more users. Start with high end alone would't help.

7. MrKNOWitAll unregistered

"Finnish firm is to be allowed to target "a very low price point" for its future WP phones. " well it a time to set this price for 1GHz not everyone is buying his phone with the contract

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