Microsoft Will Not Roll Windows Mobile Updates For Old Lumia Models

Microsoft does it again and history repeats itself! A major chunk of handsets are left out from the new update. If you have been following Microsoft, you would know that almost none of the Windows Phone 7 handsets were updated to Windows Phone 8.

Microsoft stated that these devices did not meet the required criteria, while in reality most of them were just good enough. The main reason behind leaving these devices is because Microsoft thought that it is easier to adopt a dual-core processor instead of optimizing the single core on the old handsets to perform well with Windows Phone 8.

The Windows 10 Mobile technical preview was rolled out to around 36 devices on March of 2015 and exactly a year later, Windows 10 Mobile went official. Microsoft fans were at the peak of their excitement only to be brought down by the fact that most of the old devices will not be receiving the update.

There was still hope as Nokia generally released updates sequentially instead of a single wave of rollout. This hope was soon shattered as Microsoft tweeted to its fans that they have no plans for a second wave of update, making it clear that this is a Microsoft with no remnant of Nokia.

Why were the old devices left out?

So far, only the following devices are supported for the Windows 10 update; Lumia 1520, 930, 640, 640XL, 730, 735, 830, 532, 535, 540, 635 1GB, 636 1GB, 638 1GB, 430, 435, BLU Win HD w510u, BLU Win HD LTE x150q and MCJ Madosma Q501. If you take a close look at it, you will realise that almost all the devices mentioned in this list are quad core handsets.


This reminds us of Windows Phone 8. Microsoft has specifically targeted a minimum of quad core processor and at least 1 GB of RAM to make sure the Windows 10 Mobile runs relatively smooth on these handsets.

The performance and bug reports from the technical preview launched last year would have revealed the same. In case you aren’t updated, older handsets like the Lumia 920, 925, 525, 520 and even the Lumia 1020 among many others received the technical preview. We also made a video of how good/ bad (depending on what you expect) the Lumia 1020 runs the Windows 10 Mobile.

We were optimistic that the legacy devices would definitely receive a Windows 10 Mobile update. But looking at how things are going, we are almost certain that anything without a quad core and at least 1GB of RAM will be conveniently left out.

What do you think about Microsoft’s decision to ditch a large chunk of the devices which made the platform popular? Do you agree with Microsoft’s decision? Do let us know in the comments below.