Here are the Windows 10 Mobile handsets Microsoft want OEMs to make


Windows 10 Mobile supports a very wide range of hardware, from WVGA 512 MB Snapdragon 2010 devices to 2K Intel-powered monsters.

On a page directed at OEMs however Microsoft has posted a few examples of the types of devices Microsoft expect OEMS to explore.

The devices include value phones and phablets, and also what Microsoft calls Premium Phones.

Interestingly all devices are expected to have LTE in this day and age, and 1 GB RAM at least.

As usual its the Premium Phones which are most interesting. The Premium handset is expected to feature Windows Hello (via IR Face Unlock), 2-4 GB of RAM, at least 32 GB storage, a full HD screen or better, 20 megapixel camera, and be less than 7.5mm thick and less than 160 g.

It would be interesting to see if Microsoft’s own new flagships measure up to this expectation, with the device for example not expected to have Face Unlock but rather Iris Unlock instead.

A linked page also gives more information about IR Face Unlock.

face unlock

In the document Microsoft reveals the IR camera takes up about the same space as a normal front-facing camera, and that the camera does not have to have depth sensing, and of course fit into a less than 7.5mm thick device, meaning that the technology has already matured to the point where it would fit into a smartphone and still be affordable, and also suggesting that Microsoft’s next flagship will certainly have IR Face Unlock rather than the more finicky Iris Unlock.

Much more detail can be read at Microsoft here and here.


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