With the recent changes that Satya Nadella laid out for the Windows 10 Mobile device space, we were bound to see some guides eventually come out to help manufacturers fit the vision. While minimum hardware requirements have already been known for a while, a guide to form factors helps very much to visualise upcoming devices. Three form factors, delineated by to requirements, value or premium are the simplified future of devices that Microsoft itself might produce. Third party OEM’s will of course also work to these standards.
Smartphones come in a wide range of sizes from low cost phones, small tablets (phablets) and industrial handheld devices. A typical smartphone combines cellular connectivity, a touch screen, rechargeable power source, and other components into a single chassis. Windows 10 Mobile can support a wide range of small form factors devices
One piece of information that appears later on in the specifications is a list of existing phones, or rather a list of SoC’s in existing phones that will support those devices updating to Windows 10 when it becomes available, supposedly around November.
SoCs supported in Windows Phones that can be updated to Windows 10 Mobile
Manufacturer: Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.
SoC: MSM8x10, MSM8x12, MSM8x26, MSM8916, MSM8926, MSM8x28, MSM8928, MSM8974, MSM8974Pro, MSM8960, MSM8260A, MSM8660A, MSM8930AA, MSM8930AB, MSM8630, MSM8230, MSM8627, MSM8227
You could also read into the way that the specifications are laid out that only premium phones will support continuum, either way we are starting to get a much clearer picture of what to expect in the not so distant future. Naturally, this is similar to what Microsoft has published before with Windows Phone 7 and Windows Phone 8. While it is likely that the initial batch of devices will fall under these recommendations, the requirements and specifications will no doubt evolve as newer parts are made available.