According to WinRumors, based on some close sources, Microsoft may have plans to announce new flexible hardware specifications. Before you get excited and expect better hardware specifications, that’s not the case here. By “flexible” Microsoft has a means of allowing manufacturers to develop cheaper phones to compete with such devices like Google’s Android. The only specifics as of now are that manufacturers will be allowed to use “cheaper components” to bring overall cost down.
Nokia is expected to be the first to adopt these new specifications, as they are expected to release devices later this year. An announcement about these specifications is anticipated at MIX ’11 this week, along with a plethora of other WP7 announcements.
Although there are no clues on what these low-end specifications might be, we can definitely speculate. It’s easy to doubt that cheaper components are all that will be allowed. There are definite possibilities of lower quality camera, no flash, and even smaller screen requirements.
What do you think would qualify as a cheaper Windows Phone 7 device?