When Microsoft announced Windows Phone 7 they had several OEM partners such as ZTE, Dell, HTC, LG, Samsung, Acer, Fujitsu to name those I can remember, but slowly the number of partners has reduced. Microsoft brought Nokia onboard for Windows Phone and Dell backed out, though the two were unrelated, it was interesting to see Microsoft have only 4 OEM partners for Windows Phone 8.
A slide shared by Microsoft listed the following phone manufacturers who will be delivering Windows Phone 8 devices:
This is quite disappointing since diversity and variety was a promise with Windows Phone. Anyhow. The devices that are expected to come around 2012 holidays will be powerful with high resolution screens according to Microsoft. Till WIndows Phone 7.8, 800×480 is the only supported resolution, going forward, Windows Phone 8 will be available in three resolutions:
- 800×480 (WVGA)
- 1280×768 (WXGA)
- 1280×720 (720p)
To power applications for these resolutions, Windows Phone 8 will introduce multi-core support. Not just dual-core, but more than 2.
The first set of devices from all 4 OEMs will be running Qualcom’s Snapdragon S4 processor. This is the same chip that powers the most powerful Android phones available today—Galaxy SIII, HTC One X, Evo 4G to name a few. The folks at AnandTech benchmarked the S4 against iPhone 4S’s A5 and some other phones, and based on those charts, the S4 is a competent chipset.
At this point, it is clear that Microsoft has given up their chasis requirement model and has one set of minimum requirements.