Monday, November 07, 2011

Windows Phone Minimum Hardware requirements changed- Cameras are optional


Microsoft quietly changed Windows Phone Minimum Hardware requirements. These are the Standards as of now in the MSDN document dated Sep 23, 2011 . As it shows the Cameras are optional, even the Primary Camera. So does it mean soon we can see low priced Windows Phones coming to markets ?

Windows Phone Hardware -

Standard Hardware

  • A common set of hardware controls and buttons that include the Start, Search, and Back buttons.

  • A large WVGA (800 x 480) format display capable of rendering most web content in full-page width and displaying movies in widescreen.

  • Capacitive 4-point multi-touch screens for quick, simple control of the phone and its features.

  • Support for data connectivity using cellular networks and Wi-Fi.

  • 256 MB (or more) of RAM and 8 GB (or more) of flash storage.

  • A-GPS

  • Accelerometer

Optional Hardware

  • Compass

  • Gyro

  • Primary Camera

  • Front-facing Camera

NOTE- Additional sensors, such as proximity and light, are on the phone but are not available for developer interaction yet.

Personally I’m not in favor of removal of Cameras though there will be section of people who may not be wanting Cameras as in Organizations where Cameras are not allowed for security reasons.So a Smartphone without cameras will be a good idea.

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