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Specs of Microsoft's "iPhone killer" revealed?

updated 01:55 pm EDT, Tue May 12, 2009

MS iPhone Killer Specs

Specifications have surfaced today that may represent Microsoft's expectations for its "Pink" Zune phone platform. Known as Windows Mobile 7 Chassis 1, the design obtained by Microsoft observer Mary Jo Foley appears to set a baseline level of hardware that would outperform iPhones. A system would use either an NVIDIA Tegra, Qualcomm 8000-series, or Texas Instruments 3430 processor at its heart, at least 256MB of memory, and an 800x480 or larger screen.

Notably, many of the necessary details would also match features that have been rare in Windows Mobile devices but which have been core to the iPhone. Chassis 1 would require multi-touch input, an accelerometer, an electronic compass and a light sensor. It would also have a 3-megapixel or better camera, some form of assisted GPS and Wi-Fi.

The resulting device would be capable of advanced media playback in keeping with the Zune concept and would sit at the high end of the smartphone category, likely serving as a flagship. Whether this represents a specific device to be made by one company, such as the rumored iPhone rival for Verizon or a general design for many phones to use isn't evident. Microsoft has maintained that it has no plans to manufacture hardware itself but has acknowledged it's working with hardware companies more closely than it has in the past.

The information in question is also considered "a few months old" and may have changed, though any phone built on Chassis 1 won't ship until 2010, when Windows Mobile 7 should be ready to ship. Similar to Windows 7 on the desktop, Microsoft is believed to be in a rushed schedule for Windows Mobile 7 and may have devices in stores by April 2010 rather than the historic September timeframe.

By Electronista Staff


  1. MatildeMatilde

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    What's that device?

    Eh? What's that device shown in the photo above? That looks pretty cool. Imagine a phone device with HDMI out and/or HDMI in! Wow.

    I hope Microsoft does introduce a zPhone. Not that I'd be very likely to buy one. Competition is good. Just look at the superb PlayStation platform Microsoft pushed Sony to create in response to the original Xbox.

    Apple doesn't need to be hit with a big stick to innovate (unlike some big companies) but a gentle push would likely go down well.

    Drool! What a great time in human history to be alive.

  1. chotty

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    I hope it comes in "Soviet Brown"!

  1. Jeronimo2000

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    so what?

    "[...] hardware that would outperform iPhones"

    And you know how much that matters? Exactly - nothing at all. Because running on all this fantastic hardware will still be a very crappy mobile OS.

  1. VinitaBoy

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    Vaporware Rules!

    . . . and it "might" . . . and it "may" . . . and it "could" . . . and it "should" . . . and "perhaps" . . . and "possibly" . . . and . . . and . . . and . . .

    What a heap of steaming c*** this article is! By the time the "Phune" hits the shelves (IF it exists, and IF it ever ships), the REAL iPhone will be in its next generation.

    Now let's see: Generation IV iPhone vs. Generation I Phune. Hmmm. Given Microsoft's sterling record in the past with WinME, Vista, xBox, Zune, and the like, which product would YOU buy?

  1. gudin

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    This is funny. They have a reference platform for hardware that will "outperform an iPhone" and not be released until 2010. Wow. They can "outperform" a device released three years earlier. THERE'S a shocker.

    Oh yeah, and I KNOW how much everyone buys their iPhones because of the hardware performance. Not because of the OS, the apps or the UI. That's just window dressing.

  1. phillymjs

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    Once again... the time Microsoft catches up, Apple has moved on.

  1. martinX

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    Rushed schedule

    "Microsoft is believed to be in a rushed schedule for Windows Mobile 7". That doesn't bode well for a quality release.

  1. carloblackmore

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    save your money MS

    Do the world a favor Microsoft, and save your money for charity. YOu did an excellent job of ushering software and computer development into the 21st century - you can step back now and let the rest of us handle it now.

  1. jarod

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    Nothing we haven't seen 10 years ago from real tech companies.

  1. blastorama

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    Why bother?

    Haha...another great idea someone else (Apple) came up with that Microsoft is again trying to steal. As with the Zune, it's already obsolete and worthless. Buying a Zune-anything is like buying a Yugo. It may look like an iPhone and work kinda like an iPhone, but it's still only a ZUNE! Really guys, why bother?

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