No low cost Windows Phone 7 handsets for at least a few years?

Some Windows Phone 7 handsets may look cheap, but they all have high end components

Joe Belfiore’s Interview at D:Dive into Mobile continues to produce interesting headlines.

The latest, via wwwery.com,  is some more detail in his response to questions about Windows phone 7 sales.

He noted that Windows Phone 7 only ran on 10 high end devices, but that, over time, they hoped to reach a lower price point.

When prompted as to when this would occur, he agreed it could be a couple of years.

When asked why this was, he noted that high end, well specified devices resulted in a “better UI and keeping things easy for developers” and that Microsoft  was concentrating on ensuring “the right amount of specified variation in hardware and the right amount of specified sameness”.

Microsoft specifies a standard Chassis specification for Windows phone 7, which include relatively high end features such as WVGA screens and Ghz processors, which results in a good user experience but limits the ability for OEMs to produce low cost devices.  There is an expectation however that these components will become cheaper over time, but of course it is also expected that Microsoft will update the Chassis to include new features such as gyroscopes and front-facing cameras.

It is however understood that Microsoft has a low cost chassis with HVGA screens for less developed markets which should address this issue in 2011, but may then of course result in a fracturing of the market for developers.

Do our readers think Microsoft should stick to high-end devices, and possibly enforce even higher standards, or are they damaging Windows phone 7 adoption? Let us know below.

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