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Windows Phone 8 to add 1080p support



Microsoft plans to update Windows Phone 8 to support 1080p mobile displays, according to recent reports.

The Verge has been speaking to "Sources familiar with Microsoft's Windows Phone plans," who have confirmed that Microsoft is looking to bring its mobile OS up to speed in the resolution department.

Currently, Windows Phone runs at a maximum resolution of 720p. With the arrival of 1080p Android devices like the HTC One and the Sony Xperia Z, that no longer looks so cutting edge.

The report claims that Microsoft will launch an "update later this year" that will bring 1080p support to Windows Phone 8, and will open the door for a new batch of Windows Phone devices.

Apparently, this "General Distribution Release," or GDR3 as it's being referred to, for Windows Phone will pave the way for the launch of all-new smartphone devices with displays that measure 5-inches and above.

The lack of 1080p support is rumoured to be a bit of a snag when it comes to getting hardware manufacturer support. It's believed that HTC was set to launch its own 4.7-inch Windows Phone 8 device, known as the Zenith, but cancelled its plans because it would have a lower resolution screen than its current high-end Android range.

The report also reveals that GDR3 will add support for Qualcomm's newer processors, which means that we should finally start to see quad-core Windows Phone 8 devices coming to market.

Have you been waiting for Windows Phone 8 to go Full HD, or is that the least of the platform's worries? Let us know what you think in the comments section below, or via the Trusted Reviews Twitter and Facebook feeds.


April 10, 2013, 9:21 am

That's a pity as I think this new fashion of 1080p screened phones is a waste of power and therefore battery. Anything over 300 dpi is a waste and is unnecessary. 1080p phones have more pixels in a 5" screen than my laptop's 17" screen, it defies common sense

Neil B

April 10, 2013, 12:05 pm

Is this the new spec' war then? Each manufacturer trying to out-do on-another with pointless better spec's...

Yuan Taizong

October 8, 2013, 8:55 pm

Hell yeah, better specs, probably useless in practise, but still, I like... no, LOVE bragging ):-P

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