Latest WP7 specs include 2nd gen Snapdragon & optional gyro

Back to MIX, Istvan Cseri (Distinguished Engineer at Microsoft) revealed the new Windows Phone 7 chassis that OEM's can use to build handsets which is to be released in the coming months.

Observing the image above, we can see the Qualcomm MSM7X30 and MSM8X55 (800MHz) are included in the platform requirements and both feature the Adreno 205 GPU. Gyroscope sensor addition is optional and manufactures will be able to use multiple combinations of memory, gyroscope support and SoC as long as they don't go below current specification requirements. Screen resolution is kept at 800x480 (WVGA). Watch the presentation after the break.

Source: Channel9 (opens in new tab), via: Engadget (opens in new tab) 

Rich Edmonds
Senior Editor, PC Build

Rich Edmonds was formerly a Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.

  • To be perfectly honest, I'm surprised we didn't see front facing camera support. I was hoping for that universal messenger where you could communicate with XBox Kinnect, Windows 7/8, WP7, Lync, IOS, and Android. It would make perfect sense and it could become the defacto standard for cross platform communication. They could even get into the Voice business with a Google voice universal phone number since Lync seems to be able to handle it.It is possible that they are waiting for the DoJ agreement to expire next month, but to not announce the support for a standard feature like front facing camera today seems kind of odd. Granted they didn't want to cut Skype out of the picture, but I think a universal system run by MS would be better.
  • Doesn't current WP7 builds support front facing cameras and manufacturers just opted not to have two cameras?
  • With the screen resolution to remain at 800x400 it seems that those of us waiting for a portrait qwerty WP7 phone (am I the only one?) will be stuck with the Dell Venue Pro or something like it... The thing I really loved about my Black Berry 9700 Bold was the form factor - not a big fan of landscape or virtual keyboards.
  • I was surprised at how well the virtual keyboard is on my arrives small screen. If i'm entering small amounts of text I don't bother to pop out the large keyboard.
  • Exactly! After I used the Evo I was like there is no point anymore for me to have a keyboard. Just makes it heavy and I wish I could take it off and only use the onscreen keyboard.
  • i thought the chassis 2 spec was for portrait qwerty phones and other lower end devices?
  • This is not Mango spec - this is update of a spec for the current generation of WP7.Spec for Mango devices will be released later this year as device manufacturers don't want Microsoft to "spoil" their marketing for X-mas season. Only in that spec we will see dual core CPUs and front-facing cameras (and final Windows CE 7 is the rumours are true).
  • hi