Microsoft has released a set of the recommended hardware requirements for devices that are powered with its newest operating system Windows 10. According to the Redmond giant, these devices consist of smartphones, phablets and tablets. The company also categorises them into three sections, including value phone, premium phone and value phablet.


Let’s talk about phones first. A Windows 10 value phone features Cortana but it won’t support Windows Hello. In addition to a 3.5 to 5in screen and a 1400mAh battery, it will offer 1GB RAM and 4 to 8GB internal storage with support for micro SD card. Other hardwares specifications include a 5MP rear camera and a 3MP front facing camera.

A Windows 10 premium phone is more expensive than a Windows 10 value model. Therefore, it will have better features such as 2 to 4GB RAM and 32 to 64GB storage along with SD card slot. Besides, the premium phone offers a better camera along with a 2500mAh battery and a 4.5-5.5in full HD screen.

Meanwhile, a Windows 10 value phablet that supports Cortana and Windows Hello must offer 2GB RAM and 16GB storage and SD card support and a 3000mAh battery. In addition, its screen could range from 5.5 to 7in with 720p resolution. Other hardwares are a five megapixel rear camera and a three megapixel front camera.
hardware requirements for windows 10 phones phablets tablets
Microsoft details hardware requirements for Windows 10 tablets.


Now, let’s talk about tablets. As you can see in the table above, a 7-inch Windows 10 tablet  supports Continuum for Phones despite not being a phone. It doesn’t support USB Type-C but it will be Windows Hello compatible.

An 8-inch Windows 10 tablet will have Cortana and at least hours of battery life as key features.

Meanwhile, a large Windows 10 tablet supports Cortana and Windows Hello. The model also offers a front and rear camera, headphones, speakers and full arrayed microphones.