Windows 10 minimum hardware requirements changed, a device can be of 7-inches while still being a desktop while a mobile can stretch up to 9-inches.
Microsoft has come up with new minimum hardware requirements for devices to run Windows 10 Mobile and Windows 10 for PCs, as the company braces itself to launch the mega anniversary update this summer.
As per the new minimum requirements that are included in the MSDN pages, devices running Windows 10 Mobile can now have up to 9-inches of the display, up from the 7.99-inch that was specified as the maximum display size so far for.
An auto-flash too is now mandatory on devices running Windows 10 Mobile.
Similarly, for devices running Windows 10 desktop edition i.e. tablets, 2-in-1s, laptops, and All-in-ones, the minimum display size is reduced to 7-inches. It makes devices with a 7-inch display enough to run the desktop edition of Windows 10. The earlier minimum requirement for a device to run Windows 10 desktop was 8-inches.
It makes for a unique scenario as 7-inch devices can now be the perfect cross between a phablet and a tablet. Users can now expect to have the entire PC at their disposal in a form factor as small as 7 inches. The move is expected to allow OEM partners better options to come up with more devices running Windows 10, running either the desktop or mobile editions.
Apart from changes in the display size, Microsoft has also spelt out variations in the minimum RAM and internal memory requirements for devices running Windows 10 for PCs. All devices running the aforementioned Windows 10 version can now have at least 2 GB of RAM, which marks a break from the earlier system requirement that spelt out 1 GB and 2 GB RAM as the minimum needed for devices with 32-bit and 64-bit hardware configurations.
In addition, the minimum internal storage requirements are 16 GB and 20 GB for 32-bit and 64-bit machines respectively – in order to install the anniversary update.
Microsoft is aimed at making available the Windows 10 anniversary update for PCs, mobile and Xbox One gaming consoles this summer, and it might turn out to be comprehensive.