Full Windows 10 ARM also works on the smaller Lumia 950

Lumia 950 with Windows 10
Image Courtesy: TechAdvisor.co.uk

The Windows 10 ARM projected was initially limited to the
Microsoft’s Lumia 950 XL flagship Windows Phone. Today a
developer announced that the operating system also works on the
smaller variant. According to developer NTAuthority, Windows 10
ARM is also available on regular Microsoft Lumia 950
but it lacks the proper power driver.

It is now only a matter of time until the ARM version of
Windows 10 makes its way to the other Windows Phone such as HP
Elite x3 and Alcatel IDOL 4S. Needless to say, it’s not easy to
hack a phone and boot unsupported operating system.

The developer explains that more work needs to be done to run
full Windows 10 on a Lumia 950, and the phone also lacks the
proper power driver. While the original instructions can be
followed to install Windows 10 on a regular Lumia 950, the
developer recommends users to wait as the people familiar with
the project are still working on it.

“Most of it matches, however you’ll have to replace some ACPI
tables with patched versions from the 950, and to run with core
drivers you’ll have to patch a few of them. I’d suggest
waiting for future instructions by people involved with this
research,” NTAuthority said on Twitter.

Windows 10 ARM on smaller Lumia 950
Image Courtesy: NTAuthority

Again, it’s a matter of time until Windows 10 ARM is ported to
the non-Lumia handset such as the HP Elite x3 and Alcatel IDOL
4S. The HP Elite x3 is a flagship-level Windows Phone with
enough power to handle Windows 10 on ARM smoothly. In other
words, the performance of Windows 10 ARM on HP Elite x3 will be
obviously better than the Lumia 950 XL.

The HP Elite x3 is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor
with Adreno 530 GPU, 4GB of RAM and 64GB storage. On the
other hand, the Lumia 950 XL is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon
810, Adreno 430 GPU, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage.

While having the full-featured version of Windows 10 on a
mobile device is probably the dream of some Windows Phone fans,
but such a project is good for the experimental purpose
only. It won’t be feasible in the long run, and it still can’t
make calls.

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