Microsoft relaxes minimum requirements for Windows Phone 7 hardware

Microsoft relaxes minimum requirements for Windows Phone 7 hardwareMicrosoft’s rather rigid minimum requirements chassis for Windows Phone 7 handsets meant that the first batch of devices were all much of a muchness, other than a few tenths of an inch in display size. Six out of seven had a 5MP camera and 1GHz processor.

However, according to Mobility Digest, Microsoft has relaxed those requirements. Well, just a little.

Pick up a Windows Phone 7 handset and you’re still guaranteed:

  • Start, Search and Back buttons
  • An 800x480 WVGA display
  • At least 256MB RAM, and at least 8GB internal storage
  • A 4-point multi-touch screen
  • A-GPS
  • Accelerometer

But the revised requirements make the following optional:

  • Compass
  • Gyro
  • Primary camera
  • Front-facing camera

Interesting. A complete lack of camera would pave the way for increased cheapness, and Nokia is expected to swoop in and poach some of the market’s low end from Android.

When pressed for comment, a puzzled Apple spokesperson asked me: “Low end? What low end?” Ok, I just made that up.

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JanSt / MOD  Nov. 7, 2011 at 11:40

Yes. Seeing how incredibly successful WP7 devices have been, why not ditch the cameras?

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