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Hardware Offerings

Hardware Offerings

In my opinion, one of the smartest decisions that Microsoft has made with regard to Windows Phone 7 is that it has required device manufacturers to adhere to hardware specifications that should allow the devices to run some nice applications.

Here is a partial list of the minimum hardware that manufacturers are required to provide:

  • A Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU
  • A programmable GPU capable of supporting DirectX 3D graphics
  • 256 MB of memory (minimum)
  • 8 GB of flash memory (minimum)
  • A 4-point multitouch capacitive screen with 800 x 480 resolution and 16 bit color depth
  • 802.11 B/G support (some devices also support 802.11n)
  • A 5–megapixel still camera
  • A video camera function that uses VGA as a minimum resolution
  • GPS
  • An Accelerometer
  • A compass
  • Proximity and light sensors

And the list goes on.


So what does the future hold for Windows Phone 7 apps? Unfortunately I don't have a crystal ball, so I don't really know.

Microsoft seems to finally be taking mobile apps seriously, and I think that it is doing everything necessary to become a contender in the mobile app market space.

Even so, Microsoft is a bit late to the party, so it will be interesting to see if it can effectively compete against the iPhone and the Droid phones.

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