Windows Phone 7 Series: Asus, LG, Samsung

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The first three Windows Phone 7 Series (WP7S) phones are out of the gate: Asus, LG, and Samsung. All of these WP7S phones sport these common specifications, lifted from a slide titled “Standardized Hardware Foundation” and presented by Joe Belfiore:

  • Capacitive touch: 4 or more contact points
  • Sensors: A-GPS, Accelerometer, Compass, Light, Proximity
  • Camera: 5MP or more, flash required, camera button required
  • Multimedia: Common detailed specs. Codec acceleration
  • Memory: 256MB RAM or more, 8GB Flash or more
  • GPU: DirectX 9 acceleration
  • CPU: ARMv7 Cortex/Scorpion or better
  • Hardware buttons (on the bottom of the front face): Start, Search, Back

The LG sports a slide-out QWERTY keyboard and looks quite solid. The Samsung is a slate-type that seemed to have veered too much toward glossy cheap-looking plastic but sports a camera that at least looks capable with its huge bezel. The one from Asus is unbranded and made just as a demo unit for Mobile World Congress. You can find pictures of these WP7S phones at Engadget.

At least Microsoft is trying to establish a minimum user experience via hardware requirements. Maybe Google should take some notes. Source: Slashgear