Microsoft Lowering The Bar With New Windows Phone Chassis?
Everyone was joyful with all the Windows Phone 7.5 launch, review and roll-out news of yesterday but it appears that other important information is coming from Redmond. At the Microsoft Conference 2011 in Japan, the company seems to have amended its chassis specifications for Windows Phone.
According to the slide above, a phone needs to have at least a three (instead of the previous five)-megapixel camera and at least 2GB (instead of the previous 8GB) of internal storage in order to be a Windows Phone (among others, of course). Another important information from the slide (it’s actually an omission) is the CPU: there is no specification regarding the processor. Could this suggest the possible future usage of other than Qualcomm chips?
The alleged new chassis specs could explain the 4GB storage on the ZTE Tania we saw recently and of course, could be a first step towards lower-end, budget Windows Phones. Microsoft and Nokia are already said to be trying to lower the price tag on Redmond-powered phones and make them accessible to more people.
The issue of smaller internal storage could be a deal breaker for many but, if the Skydrive rumors turn out to be true (offering unlimited storage for Office documents and pictures), plus the ability to stream music directly from Zune, we might see Windows Phone become even more dependent on the cloud.