Windows 10 phones and tablets with desktop PC computing capabilities "coming soon"

Windows 10 phones and tablets with desktop PC computing capabilities
Windows 10 is slowly treading towards its release, with a test version about to roll out in February to members of the Insider program. Now, we are still waiting for the Windows Phone 8.1 GDR 2 update, which was supposed to arrive a while ago, and is said to add support for more varied hardware, with varied, pixel-dense resolutions and more powerful CPUs. A lot of rumors are saying, however, that the GDR 2 update will not be coming, instead – its goodies will be integrated directly with Windows 10, and this makes sense, seeing as Microsoft has seemingly been spending a lot of time on the new version of its OS, and aims to roll it out for free.

We've also been puzzled by Redmond's inactivity on the flagship front – ever since the Nokia acquisition was complete, the company has been churning out low-end and entry-level Microsoft-branded smartphones, and there is no word, leak, or whisper on a high-class Windows flagship being in the pipeline. Well, apparently, Microsoft may be biding their time until the Windows 10 release, due to a very solid reason – according to a note about a Microsoft presentation that's going to happen on GDC 2015 (Game Developers Conference), Windows 10 smartphones and tablets with octa-core CPUs and “very powerful” GPUs will be reaching desktop PC capabilities.

Well, that's interesting – so Microsoft definitely has something up its sleeve – and this should provide for a very interesting presentation, if the powerful “computing capabilities” are presented on-stage. We're definitely ticking March 6th on our calendars. Full quote follows:


Source: GDC via NPU

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29 Comments

1. bigmaster

Posts: 198; Member since: Sep 05, 2014

YAY! TECHNOLOGY!

4. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

tech means love in any language lol

2. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

Coming Soon™ Oh Well ...

7. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Poor Doge, be patient Doge. It takes time, Doge. It will come soon, Doge. I like Doge.

3. spin9

Posts: 310; Member since: May 31, 2014

I would think a switch now

6. Hashed unregistered

I would advice to wait till we see what is coming up. I wanna buy a very powerful phone with a Microsoft logo on it, and desktop-pc gaming and productivity capabilities.

9. spin9

Posts: 310; Member since: May 31, 2014

I have the feeling that microsoft will come back big time after this, maybe I'm wrong. I don't care about MS logo on my phone as long as it's super capable

5. Hashed unregistered

Good luck Microsoft, looking forward to the presentation and marking my calendar.

8. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

If this should have been done in the previous couple of years then it would have paved the way to Nokia's success.

10. KyleRiemen

Posts: 170; Member since: Oct 29, 2014

Real x86 Windows on a Smartphone would be the only reason to consider a Windows Phone. Get home, put it into a dock and have your desktop-pc. All those software/games that it is capable of, software that has been developed for years, with a lot of money and not only "apps". Maybe in 2016 with 10nm Intel Atom.

14. bestmvno

Posts: 251; Member since: Mar 07, 2014

That's what I'm thinking. A phone that docks, and becomes a PC when docked.

15. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

Yep. I would buy a Windows phone if it could do this. Theoretically, it would be possible with current Atom processors.

23. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Dock into a unit that has a more powerful CPU and GPU. That would make better sense. http://www.pcgamer.com/hands-on-with-sonys-external-graphics-card-its-superb/

28. KyleRiemen

Posts: 170; Member since: Oct 29, 2014

I have seen entry-level tablets from 2013 playing Battlefield 3, so a shrinked Atom (2016), with processor/gpu-design improvements, should be enough for the average user. For the newest games an external gpu in combination with a smartphone processor makes no sense to me, you will have to add an external cpu, big coolers, faster ram and a big power supply aswell. But then, why not just get a gaming pc?

11. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3137; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

This could be the game changer that tips the scales toward Windows Phone. Maybe not the Apple pretty-people crowd, but perhaps the tech-savvy Android users.

12. livyatan

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

But how, if they are X86 apps? Incompatible with ARM chips

25. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Universal apps run on both x86 and arm, even current ones are already windows 10 ready. All new windows 10 apps will be windows 10 ready, there will no longer be a distinction in the windows 10 app of arm and x86. Hardware restrictions aside that is. What this makes me wonder is....are they going to go with intel instead of QUALCOMM. This large gap, may show that MS is considering a tablet chip inside a phone. They have the 3575 that fits inside 7in tablets. Using one right now in my 8in tablet. It is speedy quick, and so far has not overheated while playing with it. How it does in a 5in frame is a different story. But with direct x 12 showing a reduction of 40% power draw, that is a huge win for the 2500mah battery types.

13. totally_rad

Posts: 13; Member since: Jan 29, 2013

when I see any wp device that is actually capable of anything I will buy it

27. TechKnowledge

Posts: 55; Member since: May 05, 2013

At least describe "Capable." For some people, Windows Phone is already a capable phone, and their main gripe is the lack of apps. I'm sure there are many features that you would like to see which are absent in windows phone, but at least list some so that your comment can be more constructive. To each his own I guess.

29. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

With a 100apps on board, i guess its just not capable.

16. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

The Pocket PC Predated smart phones as part Microsoft's Windows Mobile device's. Today's smart phones are as powerful as some early desktop PC's so for the return of an updated and More Powerful Pocket PC in a 5 to 6 inch smart phone like device is not a far fetched idea. it could be called the Compu Phone to define it as both a Computer and a smart phone.

17. HelloMyNameIs

Posts: 19; Member since: Dec 02, 2014

Windows phones and tablets with octa-core cpu's and pc-quality gpu's... What have they got up their sleeve?

18. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

folks there was a rumor Microsoft was going to reveal a smart phone tablet combo at the January 21 2015 Windows 10 event but they did'nt. A Windows OS- 7 or 8 inch screen Tablet/Smart phone Combo device sold with a blue tooth headset is a device I have wanted to buy for a long long time. Some Android tablets can do this But I want a Windows version that is Integrated to work with a Windows desktop/Server computer. this device is not for everyone but I think enough of these small Windows 10 Tablet/Smart phones would sell to make them a Product worth marketing.

19. aslaan11

Posts: 4; Member since: Sep 03, 2014

Produce mobile in Nokia name,so that ur Mobil can sell fast like Nokia n1,I'm having Nokia Lumia 1520 bcos of Nokia name I have this phone not microsoft

20. Tumaini

Posts: 27; Member since: Sep 24, 2013

The Tech giants;Nokia & Microsoft doing it high again

26. TechKnowledge

Posts: 55; Member since: May 05, 2013

What does Nokia have to do with this???

21. delta

Posts: 80; Member since: Jan 29, 2015

As soon as i see a smartphone with an o.s. with the exact same capacities as a windows pc I will jump to it (with usb on the go and hdmi output capacity of course) but for now Android is the closest thing, except for Steam and the lack of true multitasking. If windows phone 10 it's truly the same as the pc version I'm in, but I doubt a lot, windows phone in the past has been closer to ios than to android or full desktop windows experience.

22. mr.graphene2020

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 29, 2015

Can't wait for this! I'm still getting a Lumia 930 for these beast's probably won't be released until late Q3, early Q4 this year.

24. Chuck007

Posts: 1410; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

That'll be amazing! To be honest as long as they put anything faster than the S805 chip in their next flagship phone I'd be a happy camper.

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