Form Factor Design Guidelines for OEMs

Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) can use these guidelines to determine which hardware components and system designs works best for their devices.

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Form Factors

Form factor describes the size of a device and its physical (hardware) components. This section provides guidance on bezel size and weight, buttons, and target resolutions for Windows devices. A small form factor is defined as having a display that is less than 10”.

Buttons and Connectors

The visual cues created by button and connector locations help support good device design and enhance the Windows experience. This section talks about button functions, types, and corresponding form factors.


This section provides guidelines for display criteria (such as brightness and resolution) and cover glass.


Peripherals comprise a suite of products that increase productivity and protect a consumer's investment. This section covers keyboards, stands, and cases.


A full multimedia experience on a device isn't complete without a camera. Depending on the device, where a camera is placed is critical. This section covers guidelines for front-facing cameras.

Device Interaction

Consumers take their devices everywhere and use them at work, home, and play. This section talks about designing for touch and interaction models for different form factors.

Image Customization

The manufacturing process culminates with a Windows device that delivers a quality Windows experience.




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