There have been plenty of device reviews hitting the web in the last couple of days, giving the once over to new Windows Phone 8 devices. While all of us will have a favourite manufacturer, and a preferred device, the common denominator is the OS. Engadget took a specific look at Windows Phone 8, as it stands, and they note it could have been on any of the launch devices.
The new firmware promises to resolve concerns surrounding hardware limitations and the platform’s ecosystem, add a plethora of long-awaited features and integrate the OS with Windows 8. It’s a hefty task for Microsoft to undertake, to say the least, but we’re hoping that two revolutions around the sun were enough for the software giant to impress us with its struggling mobile platform
Inevitably, mention of Windows Phone’s position in the market is mentioned, but what is interesting is that early in the piece, the minimum hardware specs for Windows Phone 8 devices are listed.
- 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
It may seem like not a lot has changed, although a major boost from Windows Phone 7 is of course dual core processors, and minimum ram requirements. The specs of WP7 devices were always a bone of contention, the low specs not enticing to Android users who have come to expect a lot more out of their hardware. Although the OS didn’t need the heft, it seems that Windows Phone 8’s minimum has jumped, possibly a reflection of the new kernel, or the amount of functionality added in. It’s obvious that Microsoft are still covering all the bases though, still being able to cover lower end devices, for markets where consumers may not have as much disposable income. Check Engadgets video overview of the OS below.