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Windows 10 on ARM Nebulus Smartphone Revives Windows Phone

Tech company Emperion says the Nebulus smartphone runs Windows 10 on ARM and supports Android applications.


Windows on mobile seemed dead in the water after Microsoft abandoned the Windows Phone ship several years ago. While Redmond has now moved onto with its upcoming Surface Duo, it seems Windows as a mobile OS could be salvaged… at least in some capacity.

UK-based company Emperion has offered more details on its Nebulus smartphone. The device could appeal to fans of the old experience. According to the company, the device runs Windows 10 on ARM but is also capable of running Android apps.

In other words, users could get a Windows but still access apps, something that was arguably the biggest problem failed to overcome.

As this is on ARM, it is not the exact Windows Phone experience. However, Emperion says the software on Nebulus was developed with Microsoft's collaboration. The company has been teasing the handset for months but has now confirmed some of the technical details.


Described as a Windows 10 + Android smartphone, the Nebulus runs an ARM-based Qualcomm 845. Emperion continues to promise a 2020 launch and a price of £549 ($713), placing the handset in the mid-range market.

Nebulus Smartphone Technical Details

Speaking to Windows Central, developer Jeremy Sinclair discussed how the Nebulus is 100% a smartphone. In other words, it is not hampered by the fact does not support phone calls.

He didn't say how that is possible but said Microsoft has been “instrumental in helping us put Nebulus together”.

The promise of Android app support is all the more exciting after Sinclair confirmed the apps won't run in emulation. Taking advantage of Windows, the device will also work as a desktop through wireless and USB-C.

Previously, Emperion has detailed other specs including two 13-megapixel cameras on the rear and a 10.5-megapixel front facing lens. Elsewhere, there is a 6,000mAh battery, 6.9-inch display, and 128GB of expandable storage. All-in-all, a solid package at the price point.

Looking at the Nebulus, it even looks like a Windows Phone device, albeit with a modern twist.

Luke Jones
Luke Jones
Luke has been writing about all things tech for more than five years. He is following Microsoft closely to bring you the latest news about Windows, Office, Azure, Skype, HoloLens and all the rest of their products.

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