Windows Phone 8 Adds New Hardware Support – No Update Path for WP 7.5 Handsets

Posted by at 10:47 am on June 20, 2012

Microsoft today announced expanded hardware support for Windows Phone 8, AKA Apollo. The new hardware features of the platform include support for multi-core processors, such as dual- and quad-core chips.

Windows Phone 8 will support expandable memory via microSD cards. The other significant hardware change will support for multiple screen resolutions, including 800 x 480, 1280 x 768, and 1280 x 720p HD. This will allow manufacturers to explore different form factors and designs.

To-date, Windows Phone has always required a 480 x 800 display. The platform now also includes support for near-filed communications.

Sadly devices currently running on Windows Phone 7.5 will not be on the receiving end of the long-awaited update.

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