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.
The Nokia Lumia 800 measures a fairly compact 116.8mm x 61.2mm x 12.1mm (4.6in x 2.4in x .5in), it features 16GB of internal storage, but lacks a microSD memory card slot. The Nokia Lumia 800 runs on a single-core processor (1.4GHz). The Lumia 800 is capable of HSPA 14.4 3G data connections on the 900, 1900, and 2100MHz bands and also features Wi-Fi and Bluetooth support.
The Nokia Lumia 710 has a 3.7-inch, WVGA (480 x 800 pixel) display. It sports a 5 megapixel camera and LED flash, and a loud and clear external speaker. Like most Windows Phone 7.5 devices, the Lumia 710 does not support microSD cards. The Nokia Lumia 710 is powered with a 1.4GHz Qualcomm processor and 512MB of RAM. The Windows Phone interface gets out of your way easily, and apps are quick to open more often than not.
The Samsung Galaxy Note measures 147mm (5.78in) tall and 83mm (3.27in) across, which means that it feels absolutely massive when held in the hand. However, despite its large dimensions, the Note remains very thin at only 9.7mm (0.38in) thick. Samsung has equipped the Galaxy Note with impressive internal hardware: a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal storage (with just under 13GB available to the user). It comes with Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread and Samsung's TouchWiz interface.
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