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MIX 2011: Windows Phone Hardware Specifications Plus “Mango” Features Announced

Microsoft at the last day of MIX11 conference in Las Vegas, announced a new set of Windows Phone hardware specifications.

The new specification details include news that a new Gyro sensor will be built into the hardware, although this feature will be optional and up to OEMs to decide whether they make use of it or not.

Mango Hardare Specification

Microsoft also stated that they’ve been working on support for Qualcomm’s brand new system-on-a-chip MSM7X30 chipset, which runs at 800MHz while running an improved Adreno 205 GPU. The company also now support Qualcomm’s faster second generation MSM8X55 running at 1GHz, which also contains the much more powerful Adreno 205 GPU, which’s already available on some new Android based handsets.

Microsoft has also decided to drop the specification for HVGA chassis, leaving only support for WVGA as the screen resolution.

Yesterday, Microsoft showed off the next big software update for Windows Phone OS 7, dubbed “Mango”. The update will bring a number of bug fixes, features, stability improvements and overall a better user-friendly experience.

Microsoft announced the following new features coming for end users in the “Mango” (in order of appearance in the keynote):

  • Improved app discovery – new app search function to find apps quicker by name, or sort by alphabet
  • Better marketplace navigation – new pivot function to separate apps from music and podcasts, better navigation around app details
  • Over-the-air podcasts support – ability to download podcasts directly from the marketplace on the phone
  • Bing Search “Extras” – one-touch navigation to third-party apps for movies, restaurants, and local search results
  • Internet Explorer 9 Mobile – with HTML5 support, full hardware acceleration, background audio support, H.264 video support, and improved landscape viewing
  • Custom ringtones support – ability to download and set custom ringtones from the web
  • Multiple Live Tiles per app – ability to pin in-app pages to Start page
  • Parental controls
  • Screenshot and camera roll navigation
  • Configurable background services
  • Revamped Games hub – with Xbox LIVE Gold support, and a dedicated “Games” marketplace
  • Next generation hardware – Gyroscopes
  • Additional support for 16 languages worldwide, and expanded marketplace to 35 countries (up from 16)
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