Microsoft has lowered the the hardware requirments for WP7 in what it seems like a move to attract more harware manufactures and for existing manufactures (i.e Nokia) to produce lower end models for the masses.
- A common set of hardware controls and buttons that include the Start, Search, and Back buttons.
- A large WVGA (800 x 480) format display capable of rendering most web content in full-page width and displaying movies in widescreen.
- Capacitive 4-point multi-touch screens for quick, simple control of the phone and its features.
- Support for data connectivity using cellular networks and Wi-Fi.
- 256 MB (or more) of RAM and 8 GB (or more) of flash storage.
- Primary Camera
- Front-facing Camera
Prior to the recent revisement, all WP7 devices needed to have at least one camera, a gyro, and a compass.
Personally, I think this is great news. We will finally see more affordable WP7 handsets. I think this move will allow WP7 to capture more marketshare.
One thing that worries me however, is that I do not want to see WP7 end up like Android. With Android, you see a a handful of quality phones, while at the sametime you see a lot of subpar phones on terrible hardware.