Windows 10 Mobile no longer supports Snapdragon 625, 830

By: Madeleine Dean
2 minute read

Many Windows phone owners criticize Microsoft for not rolling the Windows 10 Anniversary Update to all phone models. Microsoft quickly explained that due to RAM limitations, devices with 512 GB of RAM could not properly install and run the OS.

The Redmond giant has recently removed two processors from the list of supported Windows 10 Mobile hardware, reducing the number of terminals compatible with Windows 10 Mobile. MSM8953 and MSM8998, also known as Snapdragon 625 and Snapdragon 830 are no longer supported by Windows 10 Mobile.

The removal of Snapdragon 830 is even more surprising as this processor hasn’t even been officially launched. Some rumors suggested that this processor could be powering the upcoming Surface Phone, but it seems this will no longer be the case. If this terminal is going to run Windows 10 Mobile, then most probably it will be equipped with the latest Snapdragon 820 processor.

Another explanation would be that Qualcomm is going to release a new processor model which will power Microsoft’s Surface Phone. For the time being, this remains only a remote hypothesis as there is no information to confirm this supposition.

There is also a second explanation which actually makes more sense: Microsoft simply removed the Snapdragon 830 processor from the list because the manufacturer hasn’t yet announced this chipset. In other words, Microsoft can’t confirm that a processor that doesn’t exist yet is compatible with Windows 10 Mobile.

The current list of supported Windows 10 Mobile processors now includes only 6 chipsets: Qualcomm MSM8994, MSM8992, MSM8952, MSM8909, MSM8208, MSM8996, also known as Snapdragon 810, 808, 617, 210, 208, 820.

For more information about the hardware requirements for Windows 10 Mobile, you can check out Microsoft’s website.

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