Microsoft to launch Cellular capable ARM based Windows 10 device; and it’s not mobile
As we all know that Microsoft stopped the production of Lumia device and now they are rolling out the Windows 10 Creators to only 13 eligible devices. So of course this is a big thing for Microsoft and also for all Windows Phone users. No matter how smaller the community is.
And recently Microsoft wiped up Windows 10 Mobile from rs_prerelease. That means Windows 10 Redstone 3 update is not coming to Windows Phones. In simple words, Windows 10 Mobile development is now in maintenance mode and it is dead.
On and on, all these things are keep leading us to the demise of the Windows 10 Mobile. But that’s not actually true. Company is working on all new ARM based windows 10 device. Well, one of the surprising thing about this device is that it is cellular capable.
In case if you missed it back at WinHEC 2016, Microsoft partnered with Qualcomm to bring entire Windows 10 experience on mobile chip. Actually they are not bringing Windows 10 on Mobile screen, but they are bringing mobile chip for Windows 10. In other words, they are bringing PCs that runs on Mobile chip starting from the Snapdragon 835/836 processor.
With Windows 10 Microsoft already bring the OneCore. Basically the Windows OneCore is a platform for any device e.g. phone, tablet, desktop, or IoT. Windows 10 provides a set of API and DDI interfaces that are common to multiple editions of Windows 10. This set of interfaces is called OneCore. With OneCore, developer can also be assured that drivers and apps that are created using OneCore interfaces will run on multiple devices. That Universal Windows Platform app.
In addition users will be able to install any x86 Win32 app – unmodified – from any source, no repackaging as UWP or delivery via the Windows Store required. And the new Snapdragon 835, which is already in production for a while now. It features 27% higher performance while drawing 40% less power than Snapdragon 820/821 SoCs. The new silicon also features Quick Charge 4.0 tech, allowing for a five-minute charge to be enough for 4-5 hours of life for a phone, and up to 50% in 15 minutes.
The upcoming device (PC, tablet, “NOT mobile”) from Microsoft and their partners will have cellular capability. Company is planning to help customers so that they can easily buy data directly from the Windows Store. And user can use it as Wi-Fi and cellular networks, consume data, and also can manage costs. Basically the Windows Store will host these data plans, so user can easily purchase it and manage usage of it.
The eSIM technology lets users switch providers and plans without the hassle of getting a new physical SIM. Carriers like AT&T, Etisalat, Vodafone, Telefoni can take advantage of eSIM technology to build devices without an exposed SIM slot.
However cellular capable device is still at early stage of development. And Windows 10 will gain support for eSIM maybe with Redstone 3 or Redstone 4 which is scheduled for next year. But maybe company could give first glimpse about this project at Build 2017.
So the bottom line is the upcoming product from Microsoft will definitely blow all the computing experience and put it on the new threshold.