With the announcement of Windows Phone 7 Series during last week's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Microsoft confirmed that it will have pretty strict hardware requirements and will basically decide what a Windows Phone 7 Series smartphone is about. This brings us back to the chassis discussion which was rumored before. In a recent "Frankly Speaking" podcast from February 20, the Microsoft Australia Developer Evangelists Michael Kordahi and Andrew Coates talked about Microsoft's decision to cut down the unwieldy number of supported Windows Phone/Windows Mobile chassis to only three for Windows Phone 7 Series!
ZDNet's always well-informed Mary-Jo Foley summarizes the podcast as following:
- "Chassis 1 will be for PC makers developing 'big touchscreen' phones. These will be touch-only devices, with 1 GHz processor and a dedicated graphics processor. These are the phones that will be out first at launch this holiday season."
- "Chassis 2 compliant devices will support real sliding keyboards plus touch" and mentioned that "these would be more Palm-Treo-like."
- "Chassis 3 phones weren't explained at all but Chassis 3 phones might be candy bar phones."
No word yet when Chassis 2 and 3 Windows Phone 7 Series smartphones might be ship but hey - maybe this is finally the explanation what the "Series" in Windows Phone 7 means.
Cheers ~ Arne