Continuum for phone is a feature that lets you connect some Windows 10 smartphones to an external display to run some apps in desktop mode. When Microsoft first introduced the feature the company made it clear that you’d need a pretty powerful phone to make use of Continuum, and so far the only devices with Continuum support have been smartphones with Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 and Snapdragon 810 chips.

But now Microsoft has quietly updated its Continuum for phone page to show that mid-range Snapdragon 617 chips are also supported.

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Of course, today’s mid-range chips are a lot more powerful than high-end processors from a few years ago. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 is an octa-core ARM Cortex-A53 64-bit processor with clock speeds up to 1.5 GHz and Qualcomm Adreno 405 graphics.

In order to make use of Continuum for phone, a mobile device will also need at least 2GB of RAM, at least 16GB of storage, a display resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels or more, and USB and wireless display support. Microsoft recommends a USB Type-C connector for a wired docking station, but it’s not a requirement.

So far no phone makers have announced plans to offer phones with Snapdragon 617 chips, Windows 10 software, and Continuum support. But at least now we know it’s possible.

via Nokia Power User

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