Windows Phone 7 Series Minimum Hardware Requirements

Microsoft revealed the minimum hardware requirements for Windows Phone 7 Series devices at the MIX conference, shown below.  Nothing too surprising here- we’re looking at some pretty high-end specs.  WP7 does not support external memory cards, so the phones must have 8GB or more built-in flash storage.

The specs list “ARMv7 Cortex/Scorpion or better” for the processors, referring to ARM Cortex A8 processors (used in the iPhone 3GS and other high-end phones) and Qualcomm’s Scorpion core from its Snapdragon chipsets (found in the HTC HD2, Google Nexus One, and others).  We’re told there are more specific performance requirements, though.  For more information on mobile processors, see our Smartphone Processor Guide.

Screen
Capacitive touch with 4 or more contact points
WVGA (800×480) or HVGA (480×320) resolution

    Sensors
    A-GPS, Accelerometer, Compass, Light, Proximity

      Camera
      5 megapixels or more, flash required, camera button required

        Multimedia
        Common detailed specs, Codec Acceleration

          Memory
          256 MB RAM or more, 8 GB Flash or more

            GPU
            DirectX 9 acceleration

              CPU
              ARMv7 Cortex/Scorpion or better

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