Windows Phone 8.1 devices with less than 8GB of storage might miss out on Windows 10 Mobile

Windows Phone 8.1 devices with less than 8GB of storage might miss out on Windows 10 Mobile
If you currently own a Windows Phone 8.1 handset with less than 8GB of internal storage space, we have some bad news for you. Unfortunately, it looks like smartphones with 4GB of internal memory will not be updated to Windows 10 Mobile.

As it was recently discovered, the German version of the Windows 10 Mobile website clearly states that only WP 8.1 smartphones with at least 8GB of internal memory will get Microsoft's upcoming mobile operating system. Interestingly, other country-specific versions of the website do not list this limitation.

Although this is unfortunate news for owners of such WP 8.1 smartphones, it's far from being a surprising development. Phones with 4GB of internal storage are currently excluded from the Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview, and now it looks like the official release of the OS will carry the same limitation. Microsoft has yet to issue an official comment on the matter, but chances of getting the new OS on phones with 4GB of internal memory appear to be very slim at the moment.

On the upside, only a limited number of Windows Phone 8.1 handsets come with 4GB of internal storage space. Such handsets include the Nokia Lumia 530, the Alcatel One Touch Pixi 3, the HTC One 8S, the Blu Win JR, and the Karbonn Titanium Wind W4. According to stats provided by Ad Duplex, these handsets - including the Nokia Lumia 530 - only represent a small fraction of the total Windows Phone smartphone base, although this will probably bring little consolation to those who own one of these smartphones.

What do you guys think of this limitation? Are you rocking one of the WP 8.1 handsets that only come with 4GB of internal memory? If so, what's your plan going forward?

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27 Comments

1. o0Exia0o

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

AND the back tracking starts....I still doubt that 2012 devices are actually going to see Windows 10....

4. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

My Lumia 810 from 2012 has the preview running on it, so it is possible and an update will be available. The carriers on the other hand are a different story.

7. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Do some research before you post something....just saying.

13. o0Exia0o

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

I have. AS PER MICRSOFT: "Any phone that currently runs windows 8.1 will be updated to Windows 10." That was their own statement that they made at their developer conference so by what the article is stating that would be a falsehood as not all devices running windows 8.1 will be updated to Windows 10. I am also basing my statement on the fact that wireless carrier's track-record for updating devices is not that stellar. So I stand by my original statement of Microsoft is back tracking, and I still doubt that 2012 devices will see an official Windows 10 release....

17. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Tech preview to bypass carriers. Not to mention that this list already shows phones with support for 4GB. http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/preview-supported-phones

18. o0Exia0o

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

The preview may bypass carriers, but it is not the official polished software and may have bug that can cause the device to act in a manner that is not intended. I have read plenty of forums where people say that battery life after installing the tech preview was atrocious so they downgraded back to the official software....

22. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Exactly. This is some of the news I was waiting to see. Just like when WP updated from 7 to 8.... its a whole new era for WP!!! Then the move to 10...new beginnings, all phones will get updated, its so efficient, etc. Right. Like some of had said....lets wait n see whats the real deal. So far...looks like more of the same.

2. Scott93274

Posts: 6025; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I have to be honest, if you bought one of the affected phones with only 4 GBs of storage odds are that your top priority is cost and are probably unaware of the update to begin with.

15. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Yeah. I can never understand this constant push for the latest OS update on very low end or dated devices. What tends to happen is that the update is "too much to handle" for the older/low end hardware which creates a poor user experience. Besides I imagine most of these users who buy such devices have no desire for their UI to change because they probably aren't the most tech savvy people anyways. I know every time my father's Android phone updated and moved virtual buttons around he had an impossible time adjusting. In the end I ended up getting him a Windows Phone because of the consistent UI as well as the simplicity of the OS, as well as lack of app ecosystem kept him from getting in over his head. I probably should have gone Playskool and got him an iPhone but with how rough he is on his phones(Construction) I needed to look at economical phones for the low replacement cost.

19. JC557

Posts: 1918; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Especially considering you can have a pretty nice Lumia 735 for a decent price of $192 from Verizon and probably similar elsewhere. I bought one just to have something different though I still have my M8 and waiting to see what's coming down the pipeline from everyone.

21. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Not surprising we have a shifting goal post when it come to Microsoft promises.

3. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

To be fair it's not easy to install a major update on top of an existing system within 4GB of storage, not to mention the additional apps that the user installs.

8. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

The apps can be moved to SD card.

5. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

I'm pretty sure that i see that the minimum was 4Gigs I'm not sure but even if they get it it would miss some features.

6. gazmatic

Posts: 807; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

If your phone cannot enroll in the preview then it won't get windows 10. Simple as that. My Lumia 920 is from 2012 and I have the windows 10 preview... So no worries on my end. People are quick to jump on the bash Microsoft bandwagon. I won't even talk about the number of devices on lollipop... Not even kit Kat... They won't even get marshmallow

23. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Biggest difference? Google never states all, most phones will get [insert update here] But yea....lets compare Android, Google to Win Mo 10, MS. So many tried to say the update process would be so much different, better vs Android when WP launched...looks like they are both in the same boat. Ram roadblocks I have seen in Android land....havent seen storage amount roadblocks yet. Maybe because Google doesnt try to promise, guarantee updates for all, most phones. For a company that has been doing mobile OS's....OS's in general before Google was even an actual company....they sure seem to make rookie like mistakes. Kinda sad that Apple and Google seem to know how to run a mobile platform better than MS.

9. xq10xa

Posts: 808; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

Who cares. WP 10 blows anyways. Runs terrible on my 1020. It ruined the camera quality so bad. I have never had a preview or beta test be as bad as this WP10.

10. Podrick

Posts: 1284; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

Thats why its called "preview" or "beta"

11. xq10xa

Posts: 808; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

That's why I said I have never had a preview or beta be as bad as Microsoft's Windows Phone 10. It's pretty unusable. Althought 8.1 was also pretty terrible. I posted up videos of the same problems with the 1020. They need to stop with these low specs and get a good flagship style phone in there. I think it's too late though.....they pretty much threw in the towel already.

24. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

Well it wasn't suppose to be good or usable or stable or anything that's why it's for developers and it mention it multiple times. And also how many phones from 2012 perform like a flagship or even good? 1020 is pretty dated.

12. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Same thing as 7 to 8. Promises not delivered. It shocks me how some people continue to rally behind this company. Habitual ball-droppers when their time isn't spent pilfering other companies.

16. hemedans

Posts: 746; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

Then show me company which still support 2012 devices apart from apple

14. kefalin

Posts: 292; Member since: Feb 08, 2015

I think this is just start. Next will be info that W10 wont be delivered to devices with 512MB RAM,and if they get it,they will get only few functions of them. Typical MS,promises something that cant be done.

25. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

Well they mention it a long time ago they'll get it but miss some functions wouldn't expect more anyway 512 is simply low.

20. snowgator

Posts: 3614; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

As a WP user who was completely wrong on WP 7 devices getting WP8, I should just keep my keyboard off predictions. (I believe I still owe Sniggly a beer over that one, wherever he is.) But, I will anyways. Why not continue to look bad on cyber-predictions? I am placing my chips on the bet that states all but the lowest of low of devices will get Windows 10 mobile. I will also toss out a disclaimer that a few carrier specific devices will not get it due to the low user base of said devices. Why worry about updating (as an example) the Lumia 810 if only 1.3% of T-Mobile users are on it? (Again, made up numbers as an example. No idea how many T-Mo users are actually still on the L810.) But if I were to toss out 75% of Nokia/Microsoft Lumia devices dating back to the L920 get it, that would be a nice job by MS. Dang, I never learn....

26. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

Why carriers won't let updates to come on phones well is pretty simple to push you to buy new ones the same goes for many Android OEMs.

27. justForTheRecord

Posts: 51; Member since: Jan 17, 2015

Just another example of Microsoft marketing working hand-in-hand with hardware suppliers. Eliminate low end phones from the update, then stop supporting the only OS that they can use, issue dire warnings about using an "unsupported" OS ... all to force users to upgrade their hardware ... er, phones. PC users are so used to this ploy that they don't even think about it anymore. It's pretty much a rule of thumb: new M$ OS will require newer, more advanced computer to maintain the same level of operational speed. Of course, that is a triple threat now that M$ is moving not only its software to the rental model but its OS as well. Windows 10 is the last OS you'll buy that ... well, you can buy. Rumor has it that future versions will include a monthly bill from your friendly service provider in Redmond. Meesah thinkin Linux goin to git mo attention velly shoatly. LOL

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