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Microsoft revises chassis specifications for low-end phones

When the ZTE Tania made an appearance recently, the 4GB of storage caught everyone's eye--that was half of the 8GB that the Chassis 1 specification required.

As it turns out, Microsoft has revised their chassis specification for low-end, cost-conscious devices. During the Microsoft Conference 2011 in Shinagawa Japan, a slide was presented (as seen above) that details the new specifications. 

Tezawaly from the site NanaPho.jp was kind enough to translate the new specifications:

  • Capacitive Touch Panel- 4 points or over multi-touch
  • Sensors - A-GPS, Accelometer, Compass, Proximity
  • Camera -3MP or over
  • Connector - MicroUSB, 3.5mm jack
  • Storage - 2GB or over
  • CPU - ?

We doubt we'll see any such budget phones here in the US, but it is interesting to see Microsoft really try to go after all ends of the market. It's interesting to note that the CPU specification was left undefined--meaning perhaps someone other than Qualcomm will be used here.

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Microsoft revises chassis specifications for low-end phones

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I actually kind of wish they wouldn't go after the low end market, we see that iPhone has done quite fine without doing that.. I mean I paid $50 for my Samsung focus on a new 2 year, why even bother with the fragmentation? iOS has one unified experience, and that works wonders. Leave android to that low and market, yeah you can get a brand new android for free, but.......it's performance is awful... Just my opinion.

I don't think it will be fragmentation as the devices will still have the same resolution as the mid and high end models. we all know that the low budget androids also have lower resolutions and can't access certain apps as a result.

i totally agree with you. I'm afraid the differentiation of hardware might cause fragmentation and complications. I understand though why MS would wanna do this. They want to capture a bigger market but it's quite risky in my opinion. Just hope MS know what they're doing.

I think the 2GB without expandable storage is a bad idea. Internal microSD like what HTC did with the launch devices must cost next to nothing for manufacturers, and if not, do something like the Focus.

I think this is a good compromise to enable future low-end phones. And there is no 'fragmentation' if the CPUs are of similar speed to the current ones (I suspect '?' actually means 'unchanged').

I don't really have a problem with them going after the low end market. But seriously, the difference between a 4GB card and a 8GB is what, like $4? Why even bother?