7-inch tablets and 9-inch phones running Windows 10 approved for Redstone

By: Costea Lestoc
2 minute read

Soon, Microsoft will release the Windows 10 Anniversary Update for PCs and laptops running Windows 10, and for phones and tablets running on Windows 10 Mobile. It’s interesting to see devices that will be eligible to upgrade to Windows 10 Mobile will have larger screens, with a diagonal that will measure up to 9-inches, while tablets and 2-in-1 laptops will be accepted if they have a much smaller screen size of 7-inches.

The minimum hardware requirements that Windows Phone 8.1 devices had to meet in order to be qualified for upgrading to Windows 10 were a screen size ranging between 3 and 8-inches, a minimum of 512MB  RAM for 854×480 screens and a minimum of 1GB for screens with the following resolutions: 1024×600 pixels (WSVGA), 1280×720 pixels (HD), 1366×768 pixels (WXGA) or 960×540 pixels (qHD) resolution, 2GB for Full HD (1920×1080 pixels), WUXGA and WSXGA screens, 3GB for higher resolutions of 2560×1600 pixels (WQXGA) and 2048×1152 pixels (QWXGA). Screens with a resolution of 2560×2048 pixels (QSZGA) needed a minimum of 4GB RAM. The minimum required internal memory for phones was 8GB.

Also, a minimum of 4GB of built-in storage is required for phones. Handsets with this base spec will need a SD card slot to support updates. Windows 10 for phones also requires power and volume up/ down buttons while phones with a WVGA display require Start, Back, and Search buttons.

In the future, OEMs will confusingly release 7-inch tablets and 2-in-1 laptops and will run Windows 10 if they sport 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage (32-bit OS) or 20GB of storage (64-bit OS). Eligible smartphones that will run Windows 10 Mobile will have screens of up to 9-inches woth auto-flash.

Windows 10 Anniversary Update, otherwise known as Redstone, will most likely be released on June 29 and will come with improved Pen compatibility and smarter Cortana certain countries.

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