Sunday, 27 July 2014

Hardware Requirements for WP8.1 GDR1 revealed

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It looks like today is the day for Windows Phone 8.1 update and we have seen many new information today. Microsoft's OEM website continues to be a rich source of information on the upcoming Windows Phone 8.1 update.
The latest to arrive is the Hardware Requirements for handsets running the OS. Most of the features remain unchanged from earlier versions of the OS, but there are a few surprises.
One of them is that Windows Phone now supports qHD resolution (960 x 540) scaled from 720P. The OS still does not support the newer super high resolutions however, being limited to Full HD (1080p)
Also interesting is that a proximity sensor is now a hard requirement, surprising given that the Nokia Lumia 630 and 530 does not feature one.
Also unfortunate is that there does not appear to be any support yet for the newer Snapdragon 810 processors.
Microsoft has dropped performance requirements for MicroSD cards in WP8.1, and can compress the OS partition to enable more free space in 4 GB handsets.

See the full list of specs after the break.

Applications processor"Phones designed for Windows Phone 8.1: Qualcomm MSM8x10, MSM8x12, MSM8x26, MSM8926, MSM8x28, MSM8928, MSM8974 or MSM8974Pro Qualcomm MSM8260A, MSM8660A, MSM8960, MSM8230, MSM8630, MSM8930AA, MSM8930AB, MSM8227 or MSM8627
MemoryFlash user partition  e MMC
PowerMonitor gauge Required
Display ResolutionWVGA, FWVGA, WXGA, qHD, 720p (HD), or 1080p (FHD)
Bit depth16 bits of color per pixel minimum
Touch supportTrue multi-touch
CameraRear-facing camera Required
Forward-facing camera Optional
AudioPrimary microphone Required
Secondary microphone Optional
Dynamic noise suppression Optional
Loudspeaker Required
Earpiece Required
Wireless2/2.5G cellular radio Required
3G/4G cellular radio Required
Bluetooth Required
FM radio Optional
NFC Optional
A-GNSS Required
SensorsAccelerometer Required
Magnetometer Optional
Ambient light sensor Optional
Proximity sensor Required
Gyroscope Optional
NotificationsVibration mechanism Required
NLED Optional
ControlsStart Required
Back Required
Search Required
Power Required
Volume Up Required
Volume Down Required
Camera button Optional
ConnectorsMicro-USB 2.0 or 3.0 Required
Headphone/headset jack 
3.5-mm stereo headset jack with 3-button detection support
Micro SD card slot Optional
One SIM slot if the phone supports a single SIM card. 
Two SIM slots if the phone supports dual SIM.
Video out NA
In-box cables & accessoriesUSB sync cable Optional
Power adapter Optional
Headset Optional


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