You MeeGo fans out there will be happy to know that the 1.2 version will have minimum requirements of 600 MHz CPU and 512 MB of RAM. This means your new MeeGo device should have some decent horsepower but do these requirements go far enough?
If you don’t know, MeeGo is a smartphone operating system which is backed by Nokia, Intel and now AMD. It is essentially a modern platform which is being built with touch in mind and it will likely be Nokia’s strategy in the high-end space.
According to the My Nokia Blog:
Recent tweets and announcements from the MeeGo conference follow on twitter here minimum specs have been confirmed to be a minimum of 512MB RAM, 600MHz+ Arm V7 or x86 processors (Snapdragon, A4, OMAP,ST U8500 all fall into this category) 512 Mb internal ROM and GSM/HSPA. Unfortunately for those living in certain regions, CDMA is looking unlikely to be supported until version 1.3. In addition, the official releases for 1.1 and 1.2 DO NOT include support for LTE
The MeeGo 1.2 OS isn’t expected to hit until April 2011 and it may take more time before this actually hits the market because that release will be for developers and handset maker. That’s a long time for a new platform trying to gain traction and that’s why I don’t think the minimum specs go far enough.
Microsoft also included minimum specs for its Windows Phone 7 devices and this includes a 1 GHz processor, 5-megapixel camera and all the connections you’d expect from devices like this. By establishing this baseline, Microsoft is ensuring that its Windows Phone 7 devices will be competitive with what’s out there.
We’re actually not too far from dual-core processors being the standard, which will also make the MeeGo minimum specs look a generation behind, especially if it tries to compete in the top-shelf category.
[Via My Nokia blog]