Minimum 512MB RAM for WVGA phones
minimum 1GB RAM for 720p / WXGA
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor or better
at least 4GB of internal flash memory
GPS and A-GNSS
GLONASS is supported if OEMs decide to include it
micro-USB 2.0 support
3.5mm stereo headphone jack with three-button detection support
Rear-facing AF camera with LED or Xenon flash, optional front-facing camera (both need to be VGA or better) and dedicated camera button
Accelerometer, proximity and ambient light sensors, as well as vibration motor
gyroscope and magnetometer are optional
802.11b/g and Bluetooth
DirectX graphics hardware support with hardware acceleration for Direct3D
Multi-touch capacitive touch screen with four simultaneous points or better
The biggest hitters here are the change in RAM and the new dual-core processor route. All devices will now need dual-core processors and any future single-core device will be relegated to the budget bin and will probably run Windows 7.8.
It is also worth noting that Microsoft says that even though they only require 512MB for WVGA phones, 1GB is truly what they recommend for full and fast support of all there features. Interestingly enough, the new HTC Windows Phone 8 only has 512MB of RAM, I believe.
Having requirements like this is a good thing, even if that means leaving some devices out in the dark. Sure, I wish that Windows Phone 7 devices could jump to Windows Phone 8, but I understand that Microsoft is driving to cut the cord from its past with Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8.
Now, if Windows Phone 9 doesn’t support at least one or two existing Windows Phone 8 devices, then we’ll talk.
While Onuora seems to suggest he is rather indifferent
to the newest version of Windows Phone, the more news I cover about it, the more I want to consider moving to the new phone OS. Anyone else strongly considering Windows Phone 8?