Microsoft official says budget Windows Phone 8 devices a possibility
Microsoft unveiled its new mobile operating system – Windows Phone 8 – at the developers’ summit. With it, the company also announced that the existing Windows Phone users won’t be able to upgrade to the new OS. They will have to download and install the Windows Phone 7.8 update that will bring the new home screen with customizable tiles to their handsets.
For those of you who were wondering whether any budget Windows Phone 8 handsets will be launched or not, there’s some good news.
In an interview with online magazine Know Your Mobile, senior product manager for Windows Phone, Greg Sullivan, hinted that Windows Phone 8 might be available on budget smartphones as well. He said that,
[quote]I would argue those are not mutually exclusive strategies and that is in fact is our approach. We will continue to support the current platform with the 256MB footprint in devices like the Lumia 610. And one of the points about the new architecture is that it will scale both up and down. In fact, having support for removable SD storage will enable OEMs to build devices with less storage initially that is user expandable, so the bill of materials is potentially even lower for the handsets.[/quote]
Sullivan also spoke about why Windows Phone 8 was not compatible with Windows Phones that are presently available. According to him, most of the enhancements in Windows Phone 8 were hardware dependent and the present range of Windows Phones doesn’t support the required specifications.