Microsoft raises the maximum size of Windows 10 Mobile devices to 9-inches

Microsoft has tweaked the specs requirements for Windows 10 Mobile, raising the maximum screen size it allows manufacturers to include on a device powered by the mobile OS. With the change, a Windows 10 Mobile phone or tablet can come with a screen as large as 9-inches. The previous limit was 8-inches.

If you're an avid photographer (and Windows 10 Mobile fan), you'll be happy to learn that Microsoft is requiring that manufacturers include auto-flash on Windows 10 Mobile devices. That might be considered an upgrade of sorts since the most popular Windows Phone handset of all time, the low-end Nokia Lumia 520 (which runs Windows Phone 8.1) didn't even come with a flash.

Some of the other requirements for Windows 10 Mobile that haven't been changed include at least 1GB of RAM and 8GB of native storage. And the same modem-integrated chipsets support the platform. These are the Snapdragon 810, Snapdragon 808, Snapdragon 617, Snapdragon 210, Snapdragon 208, Snapdragon 820 and the Snapdragon 625.

source: Microsoft via MSPoweruser



1. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1185; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

Wait, Android is more resource heavy and the official requirement is 512MB of ram, while WP is lighter, it requires 1GB, hmmmm, something tells me Google's definition of requirement is different from others. Android should also hardware lock the requirement to a higher standard, so that hardware makers don't put out crappy devices which ruins the android's name. I mean, I still see a lot of 512MB ram devices on the market which should even be allowed to sell right now!

4. sgodsell

Posts: 7605; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Clearly your from a different planet. Windows 10 Mobile or Desktop use the same kernel and core libraries, with the same security checks, task handling. Windows is way heavier than Android, which is using a stripped down and optimized Linux kernel, with even more stripped down libraries. Android is light in comparison. What you are think is heavy is how Android works in comparison to Windows 10. Android and it's apps and ecosystem are agnostic because it's using a VM. Windows 10 is not. Putting that aside the other requirement is 8gb of storage for Windows 10 mobile. Now everyone knows that storage is magnitudes slower than RAM. So if Windows had only 512mb of RAM, then it would be swapping it's little heart out. Android only requires 4gb of storage.

3. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3168; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Alan, either you're the PA-assigned beat writer for Windows or you're a closet fan. C'mon, we won't say anything.

5. alierna

Posts: 15; Member since: Apr 06, 2016

amazing. i love windows mobile 10. since two months ago there is no bug anymore and my 640XL is as fast as i would like it to be. it would be nice to have tablets with this completed lovely OS. if Microsoft could wait a little longer to complete windows 10 then release it, market share would be so much higher. early versions of win 10 mobile were a disaster. but after months, it's completed now

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