Windows Phone 7: New Samsung device and hardware specs revealed

In today's first MIX 2010 session, "Changing our Game – an Introduction to Windows Phone 7 Series," Joe Belfiore - vice president and director of Windows Phone Program Management at Microsoft - showed off a previously unseen Windows Phone 7 Series device from Samsung. See the video below.

In order to provide and uniform and full experience to end users, Microsoft will also require a minimum set of specs for every Windows Phone 7 Series device. These are the bare minimum hardware specs:

  • 3 hardware buttons - Start, Search, and Back
  • Capacitive touch screen with 4 or more contact points
  • Only two possible screen resolutions - 800x480 and 480x320
  • A-GPS, Accelerometer, Compass, Light, Proximity
  • 5 MP camera with flash and dedicated camera button
  • Codec acceleration for multimedia
  • 256MB RAM with 8GB flash for storage
  • DirectX 9 accelerated GPU
  • ARMv7 Cortex/Scorpion CPU

WP7S Minimum Hardware Specs

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joker999 said,
Hm..
"Memory, 256mb or more...."
does that mean I can order more than 512ram?

No, that means that the OEM can include 256 or more... This is one area I wish Microsoft had been stricter. I was hoping for at least 512 personally...

With those limitations it's gonna make it even harder for hardware manufacturers to use it, the Nexus One has a screen resolution of 800 by something I think, something like that wouldn't be possible with Windows Phone.

thealexweb said,
With those limitations it's gonna make it even harder for hardware manufacturers to use it, the Nexus One has a screen resolution of 800 by something I think, something like that wouldn't be possible with Windows Phone.

Did you even read the article? The WinMo7 resolution is 800x480

thealexweb said,
...the Nexus One has a screen resolution of 800 by something I think, something like that wouldn't be possible with Windows Phone.

It's good that you read the specs :-
Only two possible screen resolutions - 800x480 and 480x320
So I think "800 by something" is possible

thealexweb said,
With those limitations it's gonna make it even harder for hardware manufacturers to use it, the Nexus One has a screen resolution of 800 by something I think, something like that wouldn't be possible with Windows Phone.
I don't think we're going to exceed such a resolution any time soon, I assume when larger resolutions become more available, the software is changed to respect those changes.

Edited by Simon., Mar 15 2010, 9:49pm :

Hackersoft MS MVP said,

It's good that you read the specs :-
Only two possible screen resolutions - 800x480 and 480x320
So I think "800 by something" is possible

Yeah, not reading articles seems to be a trend...

rfirth said,
For some reason, I really really want the ASUS phone. I think it's the buttons.

me too... Everybody thought that was an HTC phone and everybody wants an HTC phone but I want a Dell or ASUS phone. Especially because this phone has no branding and it sounds like the windows phone instead of a windows phone. I like the buttons and everything showing windows not brands written all over it.

Electric Jolt said,

me too... Everybody thought that was an HTC phone and everybody wants an HTC phone but I want a Dell or ASUS phone. Especially because this phone has no branding and it sounds like the windows phone instead of a windows phone. I like the buttons and everything showing windows not brands written all over it.

Yeah, I have to agree. It looks nice.

But the Samsung camera... They always have good cameras... So that's tempting too. lol

Wow, nice looking phone that Samsung has designed. It's gonna be a smorgasbord by the time Microsoft unleashes their new OS. I'm glad that many manufacturers are jumping on-board.

Billus said,
Wow, nice looking phone that Samsung has designed. It's gonna be a smorgasbord by the time Microsoft unleashes their new OS. I'm glad that many manufacturers are jumping on-board.

I can't wait. I'm seeing a few nice phones. Some that I'd like to see some work on but by the time anything is released we'll have some really awesome products coming. I still can't decide whether to wait until my contract expires to get a new phone with a new carrier with a better network or the new phone right away but be stuck on another 3 year term again.

Redestium said,
I really wish this was coming out sooner, the interest will wane by the fall/winter.

Really? When the only people who are even aware of this are those that frequent tech sites? Once they start advertising closer to release general interest will pick up far more.

bob_c_b said,

Really? When the only people who are even aware of this are those that frequent tech sites? Once they start advertising closer to release general interest will pick up far more.


Outside of that community their market is already small. Hard and fast this should have been to make a bigger splash. I mean how many average non-tech following people are using WM phones right now? I hope I'm wrong but their competition won't be resting the 6+ months in the interim.

Redestium said,

Outside of that community their market is already small. Hard and fast this should have been to make a bigger splash. I mean how many average non-tech following people are using WM phones right now? I hope I'm wrong but their competition won't be resting the 6+ months in the interim.

WP7s isn't staying still either. Just because they've shown the UI off doesn't mean that's it. These are after all early builds of the OS still. Devs can no start sending in feedback and we will probably see changes by the time this goes RTM.

Redestium said,

Outside of that community their market is already small. Hard and fast this should have been to make a bigger splash. I mean how many average non-tech following people are using WM phones right now? I hope I'm wrong but their competition won't be resting the 6+ months in the interim.

I hope you're not wrong. Quality competition is good. Without it, Apple would simply be stagnant like they were going from iPhone 3G to iPhone 3GS (hardware update with a video camera that is worthless without a light source; I own a 3GS). All they seriously added were push notifications, copy/paste, and the compass (interesting in Maps). I will say, their copy/paste mechanism is very well done, but it's not exactly phone-selling.

I have no reason to expect Apple will give me a reason to stay for the iPhone 4. While I imagine the iPhone 5 will be a 4G phone (LTE), that will do little to keep me in their ecosystem in the mean time. Even with multitasking support rumored to be coming with iPhone OS 4.0--without something else, or a really cool app, I will probably end up going to WP7 as long as the hardware does not disappoint, and their app store does not either. I really am looking forward to developing using Visual Studio with Silverlight versus using XCode with Objective C, which is an awful development environment in my opinion (obviously dependent on my tastes, but it is what it is).

As for Android users, I think a lot of people are starting to see the issues with a non-uniform, completely open OS like Android; a lot of applications simply do not work on the same phones, and a lot of phones are stuck in no-upgrade land with various flavors of the OS living everywhere from 1.x to 2.1. On that token, I think Microsoft is actually making a mistake with the smaller resolution devices being supported--just stick with one, but I understand it so that some hardware companies can release smaller devices, like a WP7 nano-style device. Even more shocking, to me, is that the ratios of the two resolutions are different (5:3 compared to 3:2).

pickypg said,

. On that token, I think Microsoft is actually making a mistake with the smaller resolution devices being supported--just stick with one, but I understand it so that some hardware companies can release smaller devices, like a WP7 nano-style device. Even more shocking, to me, is that the ratios of the two resolutions are different (5:3 compared to 3:2).

I'm pretty sure all phones will required to support 800x480. The lower res will only be used for games to get a better frame rate.

spIdeZ said,

I'm pretty sure all phones will required to support 800x480. The lower res will only be used for games to get a better frame rate.

WP7 supports two different screen sizes. 800x480 and 480x320...

As for the OP, I don't believe there's really all that much interest outside of the tech industry right now. They don't know about this new release. I think that this release has the potential to market to these non tech people as well as those that frequent sites like this. Which is good. I have friends that aren't very technical that have WinMo devices, so it does have share, but not a great deal... This should be the tipping point I think.

Let's see the ones from HTC instead...
LG and Samsung can't do any proper phones anyway, failed this far at least...

Leonick said,
Let's see the ones from HTC instead...
LG and Samsung can't do any proper phones anyway, failed this far at least...

Really? As far as Android goes, the Moment is a bit more capable in terms of hardware than the HTC Hero, and HTC's--last I heard--are pretty bad in regards to the radiation.

Not that they aren't nice phones. They are. But to think that Samsung somehow failed in comparison is just a little weird.

/not to mention, HTC has failed to release an Android phone with a hardware keyboard

Leonick said,
Let's see the ones from HTC instead...
LG and Samsung can't do any proper phones anyway, failed this far at least...

I dunno, that Samsung one looked kinda nice, and if they're forced to meet a required spec then how bad can it really be?

Leonick said,
Let's see the ones from HTC instead...
LG and Samsung can't do any proper phones anyway, failed this far at least...

I have to disagree. Though I have no love for LG, most of my issues have been software related. So Windows being on them should be a fix. LOL As for Samsung, I really like their devices, and they seem to have nice cameras and good form factors, so I don't see them as a failure at all. I like their phones.

primortal said,
Like to see what HTC will bring to the table

Also waiting for that, hopefully HD3! If not, I'd "settle" for that LG phone. Heh.

primortal said,
Like to see what HTC will bring to the table

Yeah, I'm looking forward to seeing this too. I really want to see what else all of these OEM's come up with.

bdsams said,
Happy to see that they are forcing req's for the devices, should help to create a better uniform experience

Yes, but at the same time allowing for some flexibility which will give consumers much more choices.

Island Dog said,

Yes, but at the same time allowing for some flexibility which will give consumers much more choices.


Yeah, I love it

bdsams said,
Happy to see that they are forcing req's for the devices, should help to create a better uniform experience

Yes, definitely. Finally no more underpowered devices? Sounds wonderful to me. And it's about time...