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Could Nokia N8 Run Windows Phone OS?

Published by Mike Browne March 15, 2011

Could Nokia N8 Run Windows Phone OS?

Published by Mike Browne March 15, 2011

The Nokia N8 running Windows Phone OS, now there is an appealing idea but is it possible? With Nokia announcing a new alliance with Microsoft many will be wondering if they’ve suddenly find their Symbian^3 Nokia N8 turning into a Nokia Windows Phone. Join us after the jump to find out about the Nokia N8 running Windows Phone OS.

We’ve been hearing rumblings of a Nokia N8 Windows Phone ever since the announcement at Mobile World Congress a few weeks back. It also seems to be a hot topic over at the official Nokia Forum.

While we can see the appeal of taking everyone’s favourite high-end Nokia smartphone and pouring a little Microsoft magic into it, it’s hardly likely to happen.

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For starters, the Nokia N8 simply doesn’t meet the hardware requirements to run the Windows Phone operating system. The Nokia N8 runs a 680MHz, which is less than the 1GHz ARM v7 that Microsoft is asking for. It’s better news when it comes to memory as the Nokia N8 comes with 256MB of RAM, which is the base level for Windows Phone at the moment.

Other features that are required are a capacitive touchscreen with 480 x 800-pixel, as well as a DirectX9 or better GPU for high-end rendering.  It would seem that in its current version. Windows Phone OS is too power hungry for the Nokia N8, which is why Symbian^3 is such a winning formula on the Nokia N8. Then there is the configuration issue. Windows Phone OS is actually designed at the moment to work with devices that have three hardware menu buttons and, as we know, the Nokia N8 only has one.

It’s too early to tell whether Microsoft will relinquish some of the restrictions its placed on its Microsoft Phone OS but it’s highly likely that it will need to if it is going to work its way down the food chain and into cheaper and cheaper price points. This will allow Nokia to develop the Windows Phone OS in partnership with Microsoft to work with less than cutting-edge specifications, so working out across the whole ecosystem.

So, the Nokia N8 will continue to support only the Symbian^3 operating system but that is no bad thing, as we think it works exceedingly well as it is. That’s not to say Nokia is ignoring the Nokia N8. No, Nokia looks set to roll out the PR2.0 and PR3.0 firmware updates over the course of the next 12 to 18 months, so there is plenty of life left and improvements to be had in the Nokia N8 yet.

What do you think, if you could have a Nokia N8 with Windows Phone OS on-board would you be willing or are you more than happy to stay with the Symbian^3 operating system? Let us know your thoughts in the Comments below.

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