Could this be the hardware spec for Microsoft's Pink phone?

Could this be the hardware spec for Microsoft's Pink phone?

Summary: While rumors about what is/isn't part of the next Zunes and "Pink" phones swirl, I figured I'd add a few more tidbits that I've been hoarding. First up: A list of what may or may not be the final specs for the Windows Mobile 7 Chassis 1.

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While rumors about what is/isn't part of the next Zunes and "Pink" phones swirl, I figured I'd add a few more tidbits that I've been hoarding.

First up: A list of what may or may not be the final specs for the Windows Mobile 7 Chassis 1. Chassis 1 seems to be the the heart of the rumored "Pink" Microsoft phone and possibly other Windows Mobile 7 phones made by Microsoft partners.

(As an aside, Microsoft references the existence of a chassis spec in this April job posting for a Program Management Architect in the Entertainment and Devices division.)

Some caveats about this list: Microsoft officials won't talk publicly about Pink or Windows Mobile 7 (and only selectively about Windows Mobile 6.5) at this point. This information also is at least a few months old and may have changed a bit.

But this is what I've got from a trustworthy source who requested anonymity:

WM7 Chassis 1 Specification

Core requirements: Processor: ARM v6+, L2 Cache, VFP, Open GL ES 2.0 graphics HW (QCOM 8k, Nvidia AP15/16* and TI 3430 all meet spec) Memory: 256MB+ DRAM, 1G+ Flash (at least 512MB fast flash – 5MB/s unbuffered read @4K block size) Display:  WVGA (800x480) or FWVGA (854x480) 3.5” or greater diagonal Touch: Multi-touch required Battery: Sufficient to meet Days of Use LTK requirements. Controls: Start, Back, Send and End are required (soft controls allowed as long as they are always present). Peripherals: Camera: 3MP+, flash optional, 2nd camera optional (VGA resolution sufficient) GPS: aGPS required Sensors required: Light Sensor, Compass (3 axis, 5 degrees, 100 Hz sample rate), Accelerometer (3 axis, 2mg resolution, 100 Hz sample rate) USB: High speed required, 20 MB/s transfer rate. BlueTooth: BT2.1 required, must run MSFT BT stack, CSR BlueCore6 or later recommended. Wi-Fi: 802.11B/G required, must run MSFT Native Wi-Fi stack, Atheros 6002 or Broadcomm 4325 recommended. Connectors: Micro USB and 3.5mm Audio required.

Options: FM tuner:  If tuner HW is present it will be detected and supported by the Media application. Haptics SD Card (Micro SD recommended) DPAD, qwerty or 12/20 key keyboards all optional

* Nvidia AP 15/16 = "Tegra"

What stands out here? Anything on the spec list catch your eye?

Topics: Operating Systems, Hardware, Microsoft, Mobile OS, Mobility, Software, Telcos, Wi-Fi, Windows

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Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • YES! FINALLY!

    About bloody time.

    The biggest problems with WiMo phones are:

    - No retail OS upgrade path. Microsoft fobs this off to the manufacturer - who has literally NO incentive to offer an upgrade. Thing is, a high end phone is $400 - $800, so the only time people upgrade is when their contract comes up - IF the carrier has the phone you want - because of course, the carriers use phones as a way to entice customers to switch.

    - No hardware standards. Everyone builds WiMo phones differently. Even when they have the same features, they're implemented in different ways using proprietary libraries. That makes it nearly impossible for developers to write a "Windows Mobile" app that does anything with hardware. It also means no way to do things like rotation or shake.

    - Not enough resources. No smartphone being made today should ship with less than a gig of flash, nor with less than 128MB of RAM. This is basic stuff. As well, it's time for Microsoft to either expand Windows Mobile/Windows CE and make it into a full featured OS, or give it up and port WinXPe to ARM. Also, please - no more 320x240 on a 2.4" screen.

    - Lousy UI. That's a *direct* consequence of the previous point. In trying to strip Windows down to fit into 32MB, they've thrown away too much of the essentials. It's too hard to do a nice UI and for a phone, PDA or PMP, that's important. People want a nice experience - these are not business only devices anymore.

    It sounds like Microsoft is finally getting at least some of this. If it takes making their own phone and setting the bar high, then do it. Yes, they'll tick off some of their clients, but that's better than ticking off all of their customers.
    TheWerewolf
  • RE: Could this be the hardware spec for Microsoft's Pink phone?

    I think as cheap as memory is now... 2GB RAM should be the minimum and 16GB Flash as a minimum....by the time these Win Mo 7 phones hit the marketplace 16GB of flash will cost $5...

    No excuses.. push the requirements... everyone is getting a new device anyway, so you aren't gonna stop any upgrades from happening.
    notlehs
  • RE: Could this be the hardware spec for Microsoft's Pink phone?

    rumor fail.
    Envador
    • fake -- which part(s)?

      Hi. I am curious which part(s) of this you
      think are fake: Do you think the specs are
      fake? Or do you think these are just specs for
      WM 7 but not Pink?

      The reason I used the question mark in my
      headline is I am not sure myself. As I noted, I
      received this list from a single good source.
      That person left things a bit ambiguous as to
      whether this was the set of specs for all Win 7
      phones or just Pink or what.

      I was hoping to find folks to share more info
      instead of people who have nothing real to say
      other than "fail."

      Thanks. MJ
      Mary Jo Foley
      • Why I don't trust these specs

        It is the OpenGL ES thing that causes me to have doubts. It not being a Windows Mobile API and Microsoft's stance on Open GL from a few years back ( http://www.theregister.co.uk/2003/03/03/microsoft_quits_opengl_board/ ) makes me question the authenticity of the specs. Microsoft generally pushes DirectX as their graphics API of choice.

        My am not asserting that these specs are wrong, but only that I don't have the feeling that they are correct.
        joel@...
        • OpenGL seems to have hit a stride ; don't you think it is time for M$.

          This use to be part of M$ Oragami project. Now that it is pink they are once again ready to go to market. Duh! Girlfriend your daddy is on the phone.
          Gillman_Zorgam
  • RE: Could this be the hardware spec for Microsoft's Pink phone?

    Oh goody, another Microsoft (fill-in the blanket) killer!

    If Microsoft would put more emphasis, and quality, into their software maybe there hardware products (zune, et al) would be better (red-ring of death).

    But alas, it is more fun to chase after the leaders than produce quality products...
    vingtsun
  • It's Fake. Rumor Fail!!!

    Lots of fail here.
    Envador
  • RE: Microsoft Windows Mobile phones

    Why not also post the current, or the rumored June 2009
    iPhone 3G specs? Reasonable people know that's what
    Microsoft is gonna' copy anyway. You also might add a few
    screenshots of the iPhone OS too, because I predict that a
    clunky, upside down and backwards copy of Apple's touch
    screen interface also is a given. The only thing Microsoft will
    really contribute is old, patched Windows Mobile code
    married with Zune "squirting."

    Oh, and possibly viruses. Does Steve Ballmer really believe
    that the next generation of consumers should trust Microsoft
    to deliver a secure, mobile product when it will be based on much of
    the same unreliable, virus-prone code that has become the
    scourge of the computing world?

    He really does not seem to have any idea of the self-inflicted
    damage that Windows security has done to this company's
    reputation during the past three or four years. Just why
    should we give Microsoft yet another chance with a third (the
    Mac, iPod and now the iPhone), copycat product?

    Microsoft should put it's faith in the new Danger crew and/or recognize
    this reality and buy Palm or RIMM. Relegate Windows Mobile to the dust
    bin and start over. Please. Microsoft is not nimble or have the culture to
    produce a competitive mobile hardware product in-house. Besides, the
    heavy-lifting and real innovation (the mobile interface for the next
    generation of handheld products) already has been produced -- by
    Apple.
    rtshot
  • kingdom of vaporware and its loyal apologists

    Another "leak" from the kingdom of vaporware by Mary-Jo
    "Microsoft" Foley. FUD. let the competition be afraid! wm 7
    will come out eventually ... in 2010 ... and you know whom
    we will be copying this time ... oh wait a minute ... the same
    people we copied the last 25 years ... it always amazes me
    that they get away with it. it is so obvious and people buy
    that s**t

    bannedfromzdnetagain
    • whatever

      Your implication that MJ is fed information by Microsoft is divorced from all reality. I'm just impressed that you didn't type any dollar signs.
      owl06
  • Sounds plausible........

    -By the time Windows Mobile 7.0 is released (around 2011)
    those specs will be pretty mainstream ;-)

    Yep, nothing new - Just plain old Microsoft vaporware!
    toptip70
  • RE: Could this be the hardware spec for Microsoft's Pink phone?

    Gee Mary, you're not doing too well with this story. Or I should
    say Microsoft is not. Here is what I think the problem is. The
    big blowhard Ballmer is not respected by the public. Even the
    die-hard gamers think he's an a whole. He's the CEO because
    big business likes him. They love evil and arrogant. But the
    public doesn't buy it. Microsoft needs to make it "look like"
    he's stepping down, like they did with Gates, (so he could
    distance himself from the evil stuff Ballmer was doing).
    And why not just come clean on the source of this "leak".
    zato_3@...
  • RE: Could this be the hardware spec for Microsoft's Pink phone?

    I have seen the chassis 1 spec and these details are
    mostly accurate.

    5ri
    • I have seen the chassis 1 spec...

      "I have seen the chassis 1 spec and these details are
      mostly accurate."

      "Posted by: 5ri"

      Forgive my ignorance, but who are you? How did you see the specs? What
      part is not accurate?
      zato_3@...
  • OpenGL ES

    I find it odd that OpenGL ES is listed. It's not a Microsoft API and is only present on a device if an OEM or developer decides to add it. Microsoft promotes high performance graphics through DirectDraw and Direct3D.
    joel@...
  • FUD

    From the inventors of FUD.
    comp_indiana
    • Actually...

      the INNOVATORS of FUD.
      comp_indiana
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