We previously posted about the possibility of there being low end Windows Phone 7 devices for emerging markets, where the prohibitive cost of modern smartphones has led to minimal adoption.
The Register have been told by Microsoft that there are no such plans:
Microsoft is working with OEM and MO partners to provide customers and developers with a consistent hardware experience across all devices. As part of this, there is a single Windows Phone 7 hardware specification that includes guidelines around screen options, storage, camera functionality, and processing.
That doesnâ€™t rule out WP6 continuing on lower end devices, but does pretty obviously state that WP7 and the hardware it runs on will be very controlled by Microsoft.
Via The Register.