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Microsoft removes support for Snapdragon 625, 830 from Windows 10 Mobile

In a surprising turn of events, Microsoft has removed the support for Snapdragon 625 and Snapdragon 830 from Windows 10 Mobile. This comes after the fact that Microsoft has not been successful in providing the Windows 10 Anniversary Update to people who are running older phones with specifications that won’t be able to run the Anniversary Update.

The Snapdragon 625 (MSM8953) is a fairly new chip and it was removed from the supported list of chips back in July. The Snapdragon 830 (MSM8998) hasn’t even released yet which makes this even more surprising and confusing.

Maybe this is being done to create a proper environment of chips on Windows 10 Mobile devices so that Microsoft can push updates to these devices in a timely manner.

The Snapdragon 617 seems to be enough for what Microsoft needs right now and hence they decided to remove the Snapdragon 625. Currently, the list of supported chips only has the Snapdragon 208, 210, 617, 808, 810, and 820 on it.

These supported chips are for the new Windows 10 Mobile Anniversary Update with build number 1607 and hopefully, Microsoft will not be changing the list until the Redstone 2 Update which will land in Spring of 2017. But there is a rumour that Microsoft will include the Snapdragon 830 support in Redstone 2 which might have more focus on Windows 10 Mobile.

We need to wait till it is officially announced next year till then stay tuned for more updates


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