Microsoft expands Continuum to mid-range phones by lowering hardware requirements

Microsoft to bring Continuum in Windows 10 Mobile to more phones by lowering hardware requirements.

On an effort to make Continuum more widely available on Windows 10 Mobile devices, Microsoft is now lowering the hardware requirements to make the feature work on mid-range phones, and not just in premium devices, such as the Lumia 950, Lumia 950 XL, and Acer’s Liquid Jade Primo.

Continuum is a new feature in Windows 10 Mobile that allows users to convert their phones into a PC-like experience by connecting the device to an external monitor, keyboard and mouse, using a dock adapter.

The new updated requirements have been spotted at the Microsoft’s Windows hardware website, which now shows the addition of the Snapdragon 617 (MS8952) to the list of processors compatible with Continuum for phones. This new change will allows manufacturers to build cheaper phones with a less powerful processor, while still able to support the feature in Windows 10 Mobile.

Continuum hardware requirements

ComponentMinimum RequirementsPremium Recommendations
Applications processor
Qualcomm MS8952, MS8992, MS8994Dual SIM support
RAM2 GB RAM for phones with display resolution of 720p

3 GB RAM for phones with display resolution of 1080p or more


Flash storage
≥16 GB nonremovable flash memory
microSD
OptionalmicroSD card support
Bluetooth
Bluetooth 4.0 support is required
Wi-Fi
Supports at least 802.11n dual band 802.11ac dual band recommended. 2x2 antenna recommended.
Miracast
Supports Windows 10 Miracast extensions.
USB
USB dual-role required to support wired dock configuration. USB 2.0 support required
USB 3.0 recommended. USB Type C connector strongly recommended to support wired configurations.

Previously, the Windows 10 Mobile feature was only available on premium phones, but from the beginning Continuum was aimed for people at work and for those who don’t own a PC and their main computing device is a phone. However, phones such as one of the brand new Lumia 950 are quite expensive for some people and even more when you have to consider that they also need to buy the Microsoft Display Dock, keyboard and mouse, and an external monitor to make it all work.

Lowering the hardware requirements will help Microsoft to bring Continuum in Windows 10 Mobile to more smartphones. But obviously, this doesn’t mean that the company will bring the PC-like experience to older phones. This is not happening here, the new changes only apply for new less powerful processors.

Source Microsoft via NokiaPowerUser

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