Windows 10 Mobile minimum specs go even lower than Windows Phone

Windows 10 Mobile minimum specs go even lower than Windows Phone
Microsoft has outed the minimum required specs for Windows 10 Mobile, and those will really surprise you. The new mobile OS edition is really scraping the bottom of the low-end barrel here, and the required specs are even lower in some aspects than what Windows Phone 8.1 demanded.

For starters, Windows 10 Mobile will be able to run on devices with 512 MB of RAM and 4 GB storage only, which is the same threshold we had before with WP 8.1. Here the bar gets lowered, though, as Win 10 Mobile handsets can lack even Bluetooth and accelerometer, and can sport VGA front cameras, while the WP 8.1 mark was at 2 MP.

When it comes to processors, the Win 10 for phones will be able to run on every Qualcomm chipset under the sun - from the lowly Snapdragon 210, to the beastly 810, as well as Intel’s X3 Sofia LTE SoC. All in all, it seems that Microsoft has managed to optimize and shoehorn the new mobile OS for even the most basic of scenarios, perhaps in reference to those $80 handsets it is prepping to release, but don't expect Windows 10 Mobile to run the same and offer the same features from the lowest hardware specification to the highest.

Windows 10 Mobile minimum specs go even lower than Windows Phone


source: Microsoft via WMPU

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20 Comments

1. mistercarter

Posts: 360; Member since: Sep 01, 2011

they better hurry up optimizing Windows 10 for phones, cuz preview versions so far on my old Lumia 820 suck gorilla balls and couldnt have more bugs

2. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

Guess what that's why they call it preview versions!!!

10. IT-Engineer

Posts: 523; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

I'm pretty sure he knows that.

3. kosal

Posts: 21; Member since: Oct 19, 2013

I do find hope for Microsoft with Windows 10. #fingerscrossed

4. mixedfish

Posts: 1545; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

Incoming $25 phones.

12. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

MS has the best coding engineers.

5. mobi_user

Posts: 152; Member since: Jun 18, 2013

This will make sense if they can port WM10 in the first generation phones of windows.

14. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3098; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Which 1st Gen? Windows Mobile 2003? Windows Phone 7? I got news for you, everything prior to WP8 was WinCE-based not the NT kernel being used now. In other words, it ain't happening.

17. snowgator

Posts: 3614; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

I am going to guess he meant WP8 devices like the Lumia 820 and 920 and first generation HTC 8X and the Samsung ATIV line. If you still own a WP7 or Windows Mobile and are wondering about your next upgrade, you have both the patience of Job and the tech knowledge of my pooch who can't figure out that she can't get through the double paned window to chase those squirrels.

6. kamejoko

Posts: 248; Member since: Nov 10, 2011

with low specs. we will never have good app. Look android have over 80% but dev focus do for ios first because ip have nice specs than android (s200, s400, mediatek, rockchip...).

8. sgodsell

Posts: 6895; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

IPhone has mid to low end specs. Just look at the iPhone 6 display is only HD, dual core 1.3 GHz CPU, with 1 gb of ram, 16 gb of storage. Now with specs like on Android or Windows phone, you would put a phone like that in the mid to low end category with a price to match. Yet Apple charges flagship prices for something like that. Yet Android can use every processor known to man, because its a device agnostic platform. Something that Apple themselves is now trying to follow with their Apple Swift. Just like Microsoft as well with their Universal apps.

13. My1cent

Posts: 370; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

No Exynos? (just curious :)

7. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Great work Microsoft, really liking your moves to make great bang-for-buck products accessible to a wide range for consumers...unlike some fruits who mostly targets those who have more cash than sense. This is yet another proof that old hardware is no excuse for the garbage OS programming Apple keeps doing to render their old devices slow and obsolete...forcing it's consumers to buy a new one.

9. dre786

Posts: 46; Member since: Nov 10, 2012

apply gets away with this all the time

11. iusshpandeh

Posts: 250; Member since: Jul 23, 2014

Windows Phone OS itself is fast and responsive on my device with Snap 400 but Games do really lag badly, but it didn't lag my old Moto G ( Same chipset and screen resolution)! Games take ages to load and graphics are very poor! It may be due to poor optimization on WP but still gaming is pretty bad!

15. Cslfiero

Posts: 68; Member since: Jun 29, 2015

Confirmed for low end, but sd820 is out of the question. Oi

16. rams006

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 22, 2015

Hey my unbranded lava iris win 1 had has passed all the requirements for w10. it has 1gb ram sd210 800*480 res 8gb internal front cam buttos for back menu and search had Bluetooth accelerometer sd card support dual sim so my mobile will get windows phone 10???

18. cdgoin

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 28, 2010

OH I would so love to know how to crack the Dell Venue Pro and get that Win10M That would rock. Now they say 210 which means it should be able to use any process that is ARMv7 compatible which goes as far back as the single core S1 QSD8250 Win7 phones like the DVP came with.. :) I just REALLY REALLY wish someone made a DVP that was 4G with a good camera.. BRING BACK QWERTY dang it.

19. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

"as Win 10 Mobile handsets can lack even Bluetooth and accelerometer, and can sport VGA front cameras," Damn...are they goint to try feature phones too? And as always....there will be a form of fragmentation with any mobile OS. Especially when you target low end like Android and Win Mo. I assumed all universal apps wouldnt be available on all Win Mo 10 phones...this articles just confirmes it.

20. samystic

Posts: 242; Member since: Mar 25, 2012

5" FHD screen with CBD and Corning Gorilla Glass 3, Contrast ratio: more than Infinite (nominal) / 4.000:1 (sunlight), multiple sensors, optimized 3000 mAH battery, dimensions at around (5.50 x 2.74 x 0.30 in), 2/3 GB RAM, stereo speakers with Dolby Digital Plus, Carl Zeis camera with OIS, microSD slot up to 128 GB support, multi touch up to 10 fingers, Optional Dual SIM, color options like green, gray, red, yellow and cyan, pebble design, active noise cancellation with dedicated mic, weight less than 130g. Windows Phone 10. any price

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