Windows 11 was announced last week and Microsoft is already allowing users to download a first trial version of the operating system on both x64 and ARM chips. However, the possibility of using ARM processors allows the operating system to be used in other equipment with this type of processor, as often happens in smartphones.
As expected, it didn’t take long for videos to appear demonstrating the use of the new Windows 11 on smartphones, in which case the demonstrations took place on very old smartphones, namely smartphones that previously had Windows Phone .
Gustave Monce has posted a video on YouTube and screenshots on Twitter, where he shows Windows 11 on the Lumia 950 XL. Monce posted a screenshot earlier this month that seemed to show Windows 11 on the device, but later he clarified that it was simply Windows 11 running on the phone via remote access, but this time it was different.
This time it confirmed that we are actually seeing a native Windows 11 ARM installation running on a Lumia 950 XL, as you can see in the video above.
The Lumia 950 XL’s Snapdragon 810 processor definitely crashes when running Windows 11, and you can see some delays when double-tapping the screen, launching the file explorer, accessing the Start menu and performing other tasks. It also seems that the screen rotation is with many bugs, but it was also expected, because the version available of Windows 11 is still a test version and even those who have already installed it on computers, have encountered some problems.
However, we have a great idea of how the interface behaves on a smartphone and how features like Snap Layouts would work on a smaller screen.
The current installation of Windows 11 still doesn’t support Android applications, which doesn’t allow to see how it would behave in this situation, but a smartphone like the Lumia 950 XL may have some complications to deal with this feature.
Yes it can (for real this time, running natively, not RDP) …at least for now See this SoC is armv8.0, not 8.1, it doesn’t support atomic instructions 🙃 pic.twitter.com/TReBQlQZRV
— Gustave Monce (@gus33000) June 29, 2021
Already the previous Windows 10 had been placed on a smartphone with six years, so it is not unique. Still, the fact that Windows 11 is running on such an old phone (and phones) is a very good thing. It’s especially notable when you consider Microsoft’s confusing system requirements for the upgrade.
So what if Microsoft allowed and supported the installation of Windows 11 on a smartphone? Or even smartphones with Windows 11 being launched, as we already know that there will be support for Android applications, would that be an option?