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.

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

    A-GPS, Accelerometer, Compass, Light, Proximity

      5 megapixels or more, flash required, camera button required

        Common detailed specs, Codec Acceleration

          256 MB RAM or more, 8 GB Flash or more

            DirectX 9 acceleration

              ARMv7 Cortex/Scorpion or better

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