Up to six new Windows Phone form factors in the pipeline

By on February 6, 2012, 12:00 PM

Microsoft could be preparing as many as six new form factors for future Windows Phone devices. General Manager of the Windows Phone design studio Albert Shum shared a slide with TechRadar that illustrates an ecosystem with multiple form factor devices based on Microsoft’s mobile OS.

The slide is of particular interest after an internal video leaked last week that revealed a ton of new details about Microsoft’s next generation handsets. In addition to the full microSD card support, NFC functionality and multi-core processors, we now know that four different screen resolutions will be utilized across the range of products.

If the icons in the slide are drawn to scale and the largest one is excluded as a tablet device, things certainly become pretty interesting for Microsoft and Nokia. The largest non-tablet device appears to have no physical keyboard or buttons and could rival the 5.3-inch Samsung Galaxy Note. A slightly smaller device is also shown with what could be physical buttons across the bottom in portrait mode much like many Android devices that shipped last year.

An even smaller device with a physical keyboard could cater to the business crowd à la RIM’s BlackBerry. An even smaller handset would likely be marketed as an entry-level device for teens or emerging markets, but the most interesting illustration in the slide is a tiny square product that seemingly rival’s fitness-related gadgets like the Motoactv or even Apple's iPod nano.

The latter certainly seems plausible as Microsoft publically killed off their Zune HD media player late last year.

Image courtesy TechRadar.




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treeski treeski said:

four different screen resolutions will be utilized across the range of products

Do we know what the resolutions are, or is this just based on the different screen proportions on the slide?

Wagan8r Wagan8r said:

Treeski said:

four different screen resolutions will be utilized across the range of products

Do we know what the resolutions are, or is this just based on the different screen proportions on the slide?

It's from the video of Joe Belfiore where he says "four" screen resolutions.

Guest said:

That is just great. Now they are starting to fragment the market.

lawfer, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Guest said:

That is just great. Now they are starting to fragment the market.

How is that? They are all different form factors powered by the same operating system. How is that any different than regular PCs? Some are portable, some are desktops, some are in-between the two.

It's like saying the monitor market is fragmented just because there are a lot of monitors with different sizes. No sir, it's called choice.

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