Microsoft has just made things simpler for those who wish to make the best of the Windows 10 Mobile’s Continuum feature by including support for the Snapdragon 617 chipset as well. Prior to this, the privilege was restricted to the Snapdragon 808 and Snapdragon 810 that made up the higher echelons of the processor family.
For the uninitiated, the Continuum for Phone feature allows compatible Windows smartphones to connect to an external display. This, in turn, enables the user to run supporting apps aka UWP (Universal Windows Platform) apps in full-screen mode, virtually transforming the phone into a PC of sorts. The mobile must have at least 2 GB of memory, 16 GB of storage, 720p display and support for USB or wireless display to be able to make the most of the Continuum feature.
Interestingly, Microsoft isn’t going around town trumpeting the latest development which brings the Continuum feature accessible to the mid-range Windows phone segment as well. Rather, the Windows maker has scripted the change in the Continuum for Phone support page without much of a fuss.
The credit for the discovery goes to the Japan-based NuAns, who were able to connect to an external display using Continuum feature on their latest Neo smartphone. The said phone is based on a Snapdragon 617 processor and made its world debut at the recently concluded CES event.
Besides the Snapdragon 617 processor, the rest of the Neo spec sheet reads 2 GB of RAM, and 16 GB of ROM while a 1280 x 720p display makes up the front. A 5 and 13-megapixel front and rear shooter rounds off the Neo spec sheet while charging is affected via a USB Type-C connector. A quite hefty 3,350mAh battery provides the juice.
This apart, the other major draw with the Neo is its vast customization options which include dual tone rear covers as well with some even made of wood.
In a related development, latest reports suggest the new business-oriented Lumia 650 was slated for a release on February 1, but now has been pushed back to mid-February due to some unforeseen software/firmware bug. Understandably, Microsoft does not want to push the launch to the MWC event scheduled around the same time as Sony, LG, and Samsung have earmarked the event to launch their newest flagship devices. In comparison, the Lumia 650 offers modest specs at best, comes as it does with a Snapdragon 210 or 212 chip and is targeted at the mid-range segment.