Only a few weeks back Microsoft has released Windows 10 Mobile to consumers. The release was a bit disappointing since it is not available for all Lumia devices running the latest version of Windows Phone 8.1. The Nokia Lumia 920 or the Lumia 925 are only two examples for phones left behind with the old version of the operating system. Today the company has updated the minimum system requirements for Windows 10 Mobile which should explain the decision from Microsoft why some devices have not received the update.
The update system requirements are bringing two major changes. One the one hand, the minimum amount of RAM a device has feature in order to run the OS has been increased. Earlier Microsoft declared the minimum of RAM to 512MB, however, it seems like the company was a bit too optimistic with this. Now a phone has to have at least 1GB of RAM in order to be able to run the operating system.
Apart from the minimum of RAM required, Microsoft has also updated the storage options for phones which should be shipped with the operating system. Earlier with the 512MB RAM, the storage has been set to 4GB which a device should have. That is not much even if it would be enough for the operating system, it is not a lot which is left for the user then.
Now the company has set the lower limit to 8GB of storage which every phone has to feature. Interestingly the company has also set a rule that a phone has to have enough free space also for future OEM updates. This could indicate a longer support for future phones.
Here is what Microsoft writes about Storage limitations at their support website:
2.3.1 Flash type and layout
Devices that run Windows 10 Mobile must include a minimum of 8GB of nonremovable flash storage, and they must implement a flash storage system using an e•MMC or UFS and optional SD card. See section 6.7.3 for additional requirements for the micro SD card slot.
2.3.2 Free up space for update
Devices that run Windows 10 Mobile must include sufficient free space in the system and user partitions for future updates of OEM-owned components. For more information, see the Windows 10 Partner Documentation when it is available.
These could have been expected since Microsoft didn’t release the Windows 10 update for all older Lumia devices. It is of course disappointing that such a superb phone like the Lumia 1020 is not getting the update, however if you have a look at the age of the phone and you squint then to Android devices you will see that it is even worse there.
What do our readers think of these updated system requirements, should Microsoft have made clear that Windows 10 will run on all devices earlier? Drop me a comment below with your opinion on this topic and stay tuned for more Microsoft related news in the future.
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