Microsoft Lowers Requirements For Continuum For Phones

By 04:33 Fri, 30 Jul 2021 Comments

Continuum – probably the most coveted Windows 10 feature is now expanding its reach. Currently it is reserved only for the OEM's latest and greatest tech, namely the Lumia 950 XL and Lumia 950, but now the US giant has decided it will lower the hardware requirements just a bit. However, before you acquire too excited and start asking questions about a myriad of legacy devices, the support is expanded only slightly to include Qualcomm's recent Snapdragon 617 chipset.

The mid-range silicon utilizes a total of eight ARM Cortex A53 cores, clocked at up to 1.5 GHz. It does lack any of the recent high-discontinue A72 chips of many of its higher discontinue siblings, but one thing it does support is video output. This is undoubtedly the definitive requirement for Continuum to function and we are sure that Microsoft would have lowered chipset requirements even further, but neither the Snapdragon 616 nor the 615 can output to an external screen.

Taking into consideration this recent processor requirement, the minimum specs for any future Windows 10 phone to support Continuum seem to include the aforementioned Snapdragon 617, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage and at least 720p resolution. This recent guideline does open the door to a lot of potential future offers, but it is hard to say if, when and from whom we might see such devices in the future, considering the current state of the Lumia brand, as well as the anticipated return of Nokia to the smartphone market.

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