Windows Phone 8: full chassis system requirements

Windows Phone 8: full chassis system requirementsWhen it comes to its Windows Phone partners, Microsoft often seems to be acting like it's a slightly paranoid uncle lending a teenager his classic car for a night out with his mates: don't touch this, don't touch that, and I want it back at 11pm without a scratch – that kind of thing.

And it seems word of just what that little speech actually contained has reached the wider world, as Engadget has just published a full point-by-point list of Windows Phone 8 chassis requirements for us all to see.

It comes as part of the site's wider review of the OS itself, a mammoth analysis which concludes: “it's still far from perfect, but Microsoft has finally caught up in many ways to its competitors”, but then says any loss of its new-found momentum (such as it is) and Windows Phone probably won't recover.

But it's those system requirements we're here for, so here they are:

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor
  • Minimum 512MB RAM for WVGA phones; minimum 1GB RAM for 720p/WXGA
  • Minimum 4GB flash memory
  • GPS and A-GNSS; GLONASS is supported if OEMs decide to include it
  • Support for micro-USB 2.0
  • 3.5mm stereo headphone jack with three-button detection support
  • Rear-facing AF camera with LED or Xenon flash, optional front-facing camera (both need to be VGA or better) and dedicated camera button
  • Accelerometer, proximity and ambient light sensors, as well as vibration motor (magnetometer and gyroscope are optional)
  • 802.11b/g and Bluetooth (802.11n is optional)
  • DirectX graphics hardware support with hardware acceleration for Direct3D using programmable GPU
  • Multi-touch capacitive touch screen with minimum of four simultaneous points

The interesting points? The fact that it's not a question that dual-core processors are supported, but that they're required. Also the bit about the RAM, for which HTC's Windows Phone 8X and 8S are exact examples of both option.

But as with all OSes that support different levels of something as crucial as RAM, some apps and features won't deliver the full experience at the lower spec option – a problem that won't go away if the lower-end option remains as unpopular as it's so far proving (the 8S is the only 512MB WP8 phone announced so far).

On a more general level, looking at that list in November 2012, it hardly makes Windows Phone an elitist platform (especially when you remember there's also Windows Phone 7.8, or there will be at some point anyway).

In other words, if you're just looking at this there's no reason Windows Phone devices shouldn't be swinging hard at the low end of the smartphone pricing spectrum from launch, rather than only six months later when next to no-one is buying them any more.

Via WMPowerUser

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JanSt / MOD  Nov. 5, 2012 at 12:27

I just have to share this. And why not here:
Engadget, CNET and The Verge slaughter the Nokia Lumia 920 in shamelessly biased reviews
http://wpsuperfanboy.com/news.php?post_id=697

Pondlife  Nov. 5, 2012 at 14:37

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 5, 2012 at 14:57

You mean: "potential issues for potential 8s buyers" :p

And anyway...it'll be kinda interesting to see how this all goes.
Now there is confusion about the 920's shipping dates, pricing, sim-status...
In some markets it gets awfully close to christmas. There are tried and tested competitors out there; and what with the economy, a lot of punters are spreading this year's mental season expenditures thinly...starting early. Who's gonna wait?

But hey: y'all - Vodafone Ireland still have Lumia 800/900 at FULL price! Doesn't bode well for their plans regarding the new gen WP devices. They usually display this kind of stubborn pricing when the upgrades aren't coming.

Pondlife  Nov. 5, 2012 at 15:02

I just have to share this. And why not here:
Engadget, CNET and The Verge slaughter the Nokia Lumia 920 in shamelessly biased reviews
http://wpsuperfanboy.com/news.php?post_id=697



Is he serious?

Have they listed the 46 they claim we all want anyway?

The 920 is 20% bigger with a smaller screen and battery... and yep many place commented on s3 being too big

Odd that he says the verge are so complimentary about android when the n4 didn't fare so well there.. and someone points out they gave the 920 7.9/10 which doesn't sound like a kicking..
I think plenty of implications were made on those sites that apple had ballsed up and i5 wasn't ideal.
Ironic when he comments that they might not have used a wp at all as he's not used the 920...

Benjamin Andrews Kelly Prophet and Ben Scheim comments seem more rounded.

Worth a read anyway cheers :)

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 5, 2012 at 15:06

I just have to share this. And why not here:
Engadget, CNET and The Verge slaughter the Nokia Lumia 920 in shamelessly biased reviews
http://wpsuperfanboy.com/news.php?post_id=697



Is he serious?

Have they listed the 46 they claim we all want anyway?

The 920 is 20% bigger with a smaller screen and battery... and yep many place commented on s3 being too big

Odd that he says the verge are so complimentary about android when the n4 didn't fare so well there.. and someone points out they gave the 920 7.9/10 which doesn't sound like a kicking..
I think plenty of implications were made on those sites that apple had ballsed up and i5 wasn't ideal.
Ironic when he comments that they might not have used a wp at all as he's not used the 920...

Benjamin Andrews Kelly Prophet and Ben Scheim comments seem more rounded.

Worth a read anyway cheers :)


Actually, the original article was worse; they edited since last night: he threw all sorts of personal insults at the reviewers - calling the female reviewers 'fat' (well, "big boned") for now reason...

Pondlife  Nov. 5, 2012 at 15:13

You mean: "potential issues for potential 8s buyers" :p

And anyway...it'll be kinda interesting to see how this all goes.
Now there is confusion about the 920's shipping dates, pricing, sim-status...
In some markets it gets awfully close to christmas. There are tried and tested competitors out there; and what with the economy, a lot of punters are spreading this year's mental season expenditures thinly...starting early. Who's gonna wait?

But hey: y'all - Vodafone Ireland still have Lumia 800/900 at FULL price! Doesn't bode well for their plans regarding the new gen WP devices. They usually display this kind of stubborn pricing when the upgrades aren't coming.


Well yeah it could put some off although being so much cheaper could make them only realise after purchase. Seems really odd to restrict potential for a very small cost of extra 512 ram.

920 definitely seems up in the air, mind you n4 is having similar pricing and shipping confusion. I would think waiting is more logical than rushing out now and possibly watching prices drop (in normal non middle of nowhere in ireland markets at least). Besides if moneys tight blowing c£400 on a phone might be a disastrous idea as nights get colder and days shorter.

I was wondering about that when the 800 article went up. Almost got me wondering if I could find a new SE k800i there ;) Mind you would presumably be at N4 prices and finding a memory card could be tricky now.

Pondlife  Nov. 5, 2012 at 15:15

Actually, the original article was worse; they edited since last night: he threw all sorts of personal insults at the reviewers - calling the female reviewers 'fat' (well, "big boned") for now reason...

Thought that was still in there. It is.

His irritation about them still talking about build up of app markets and saying it's in line with the others progression in their early days misses the point somewhat, would a new car manufacturer be measured against current cars or the model T.

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 5, 2012 at 15:19

Actually, the original article was worse; they edited since last night: he threw all sorts of personal insults at the reviewers - calling the female reviewers 'fat' (well, "big boned") for now reason...

Thought that was still in there.


Oh, maybe I missed it re-reading it. I noticed some commentors didn't like that bit.

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