While it seemed Microsoft chucked Windows Mobile into any handset that would take it, chatter surrounding Windows Phone 7 Series suggests it may well be a bit more picky when it comes to handsets for its new OS.
In fact, it seems it has already set the bar on hardware requirements for three different chassis options – the first of which is very similar to the "prototype device" the OS was shown off on at MWC.
Microsoft developer evangelists Michael Kordahi and Andrew Coates took to a podcast to discuss the designs, with chassis 1 being a "big touchsceen" phone, with a 1GHz processor and dedicated graphics processor. They confirmed this will be the style of handset that will launch at the end of the year.
Chassis designs 2 and 3 were a bit more vague, with 2 packing touchscreens and full slide-out QWERTY keyboards and 3 perhaps being a candy bar phone design.
While chassis 2 sounds like a possibility, we're a little more hesitant when it comes to 3 – although Ballmer said during the launch he wanted to see the OS on all types of designs of phones, he did mention all would be touchscreen, and all would pack just three buttons on the front – the start, search and back button.
We'll have to wait and see when and if the other two designs crop up, no doubt some time next year. In the meantime, check out our 5 things you need to know about Windows Phone 7, and Windows Phone 7 Series In Pictures.
Via: The Unwired