Nokia Lumia 610 (WP7.5 Refresh) doesn’t offer same video playback features as the Lumia 710

Posted on Mar 27 2012 - 8:44am by Jonne Eilimö
Video Playback on Lumia 610 - Specification Comparison

Video Playback on Lumia 610 - Specification Comparison

Nokia has prepared a guide for developers to make their applications Tango-compatible. The article discusses how Windows Phone devices with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S1 7x27A processor will cope with video playback. Everything before Windows Phone 7.5 Refresh, or Tango, ran on Qualcomm’s more powerful MSM8x55 line of CPU’s.

According to the article, we will not see the same video crunching power on the low-spec hardware that the Lumia 61o represents. This will most probably be the case with other Windows Phone 7.5 Refresh -hardware too. Developers will have to take this into account when developing software for this new low-range of devices.

Formats that are not supported on all Windows Phones — such as FLAC, RMVB, and OGG — will fail to play on 7x27a-powered phones.

Video in a supported format but encoded in a codec not supported with hardware acceleration or at higher bitrates or resolutions than the Windows Phone baseline, may either fail to playback or be rendered in software. If software rendering occurs playback will be poor — jumpy and choppy.

For example, a video using the VC1 codec Advanced or Main profiles may play through software rendering, instead of hardware acceleration, but if the encoded bitrate is too high it will fail.

7x27a-powered phones impose limitations on the video they can play. These limitations have been implemented to account for the lower processing capacity and memory of these phones. However, by re-encoding your video and making use of the techniques outlined in this article you can preserve your apps UX and continue to offer your users a rich video experience.

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Codec and Profile Phone chipset Level Max average bitrate Max peak bitrate Max resolution and framerate
H.263 7x27a/baseline 30 2 Mbps 4 Mbps 800×480 @ 30 fps
8×50 / 8×55 40 2 Mbps 20 Mbps 800×600 @ 30 fps
VC1 Simple (for WMV 9) 7x27a/baseline Medium 2 Mbps Not Available 800×480 @ 30 fps
8×50 / 8×55 Medium 2 Mbps 20 Mbps 800×600 @ 30 fps
VC1 Main (for WMV 9) 7x27a/baseline Low 512 Kbps 1 Mbps 400×240 @ 30 fps
8×50 / 8×55 Medium 2 Mbps 20 Mbps 800×600 @ 30 fps
MPEG-4 Pt 2 Simple 7x27a/baseline 3 2 Mbps 4 Mbps 800×480 @ 30 fps
8×50 / 8×55 2 Mbps 27 Mbps 800×600 @ 30 fps
H.264 Baseline 7x27a/baseline 2.0 2 Mbps 4 Mbps 800×480 @ 30 fps
8×50 / 8×55 3.1 10 Mbps 27 Mbps 1280×720 @ 30 fps
H.264 Main 7x27a/baseline 1.3 – CABAC,2.0 – CAVL CABAC: 2 Mbps,CAVLC: 768 Kbps 4 Mbps 800×480 @ 30 fps
8×50 / 8×55 3.1 10 Mbps 27 Mbps 1280×720 @ 30 fps
H.264 High 7x27a/baseline 1.3 – CABAC,2.0 – CAVLC CABAC: 2 Mbps,CAVLC: 768 Kbps 4 Mbps 800×480 @ 30 fps
8×50 / 8×55 3.1 10 Mbps 27 Mbps 1280×720 @ 30 fps
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Jonne is a mobile phone enthusiast with a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science. He is currently selling mobile phones at one of the largest retailers in Finland. He has been using the newest phones out there ever since the Nokia 5110 was released. Currently he is using a Nokia Lumia 1520.

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