Microsoft had already announced that the full version of Windows 10 will be supported by ARM processors, meaning that Windows 10 Mobile could get the much-needed resurrection ticket to boost its global market share. However, if you have purchased current-generation Windows 10 Mobile devices such as the HP Elite X3 or the more affordable Alcatel IDOL 4S, then you will be out of luck when you want to start running the complete version of Windows 10.
According to Spokesperson, It Looks Like You Will Need a Snapdragon 835 to Be Able to Run Desktop Apps on Your Windows 10 Mobile-Powered Handset
Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 has been making the waves as being the first 10nm FinFET SoC to get announced. However, details on its innards are very scarce, with some leaks suggesting that it will be running the company’s custom-developed Kryo processor running at significantly higher clock speeds thanks to the better lithography. According to Microsoft’s spokesperson, it looks like the upcoming flagship chipset will be required to run desktop apps on your Windows 10 Mobile device.
“Today’s announcement is about support for the Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC. Customers will start to see Windows 10 ARM devices on the market next year, and we expect the first Windows 10 ARM PCs to ship with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835. We have nothing further to share at this time.”
HP has already been rumored to announce a smartphone during the MWC 2017 trade show, but specifications leak reveal that it is not going to be running a Snapdragon 835. The first devices to feature the chipset will be the Galaxy S8, and possibly a new flagship from Xiaomi, but they will be running Android. While HP has highlighted the advantage of running Windows 10 Mobile over Android, it does not look like the company is prepping a Snapdragon 835-powered handset, and from the looks of it, neither is Alcatel.
This probably means that Microsoft itself is going to announce its highly anticipated Surface Phone in 2017 and this is probably going to be the first phone to support full flesh desktop apps. We’ll keep you updated from time to time, but let us know your thoughts on this latest revelation.