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1080p screen support coming to Windows Phone later this year

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1080p screen support coming to Windows Phone later this year
As the saying goes, better late than never! Anonymous sources have told The Verge that Microsoft's Windows Phone operating system will finally get support for 1080p screen resolutions. That is supposed to happen before 2013 is out with the launch of the third General Distribution Release update for the platform. 

Manufacturers of Windows Phone hardware are expected to release 5-inch 1080p smartphones once the new software is available, but higher (or maybe smaller) screen sizes offering that same resolution aren't out of the question. If all goes as planned, this next batch of Windows Phone 8 flagship devices should hit the shelves in time for the Holiday season.

The GDR3 update to Windows Phone 8 is also expected to add support for Qualcomm's new quad-core Snapdragon SoCs – the same ones that already power Android high-ends, such as the HTC One or one of the Samsung Galaxy S4 variants. As a side note, HTC originally planned to launch a 4.7-inch WP8 handset with a quad-core chip, codenamed Zenith, but eventually scrapped it due to the lack of display resolution support beyond 1280 by 768 pixels.

As for that rumored "Windows Blue" update, allegedly meant to bring all Windows OSes under one roof, that's supposed to come in early 2014, according to the same source. A specific launch date for it has not been set in stone at this time. 


source: The Verge

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posted on 09 Apr 2013, 09:53 17

1. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5047; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Yay! Finally! I've been waiting this for a longggggg time! :D

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 10:20 18

12. akki20892 (Posts: 3254; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


hope for Catwalk will support 1080p, Quad Core, 2 or 3 GB RAM, and cool features........We know Catwalk will announce in Nokia World maybe around september or october.....!!! Microsoft u r so late why don't u annonce this support in last WP8 launch event....!!! i'm going to wait for that so i still have to use my N8 till nokia announce Catwalk ;(

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 10:28 15

15. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5047; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Trust me, the Catwalk's specs is gonna be a blast for a Windows Phone, just wait a little bit longer, and the catwalk will be on the stage! :)

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 15:34 4

35. akki20892 (Posts: 3254; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


it will for sure.......!!! Nokia will surprise us in Nokia World

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 10:45 4

16. Wiki_jaan (Posts: 701; Member since: 24 Jun 2012)


u r asking too much from a dying company

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 11:23 12

18. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5047; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Dude, where are you from? Nokia is OK right now, and akki20892 hopes that the Catwalk will support those beasty specs and he wants to replace his old N9 to the Catwalk.

No companies are dying right now, ok? :P

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 12:34 5

27. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5047; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


*Sorry, it's N8, not N9....... :P

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 12:15 6

26. shikroi (Posts: 182; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)


The eos should have those specs. Then it would be a true monster.

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 15:36 3

36. akki20892 (Posts: 3254; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Eos have same thing that 920 have, only is the 41MP camera and maybe some new features or some changes......!!!

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 18:17 2

40. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


L920 on the catwalk, more like should be sumo wrestlers™

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 19:15 2

43. papss (unregistered)


Really? We acting 12 are we?

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 19:20 1

45. Dunknown (Posts: 80; Member since: 23 Jul 2012)


Not just support up to 1080p. I would like to here Nokia coming out with the FUll HD + Motion. That sounds much better. This will totally beat all those 1080p screens.

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 20:58 1

46. akki20892 (Posts: 3254; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


1080p is coming, and puremotion hd+ is the nokia feature and this feature always use on nokia's high-end phones......!!! don't worry

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 09:54 5

2. Avicktim (Posts: 22; Member since: 09 Apr 2013)


It's about time..

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 18:19 1

41. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Wp8 stops xeroxing Android wanabe™®

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 09:57 8

3. cornerofthemoon (Posts: 505; Member since: 20 Apr 2010)


Google and Apple will yawn at this news, but this could possibly be a problem for BlackBerry.

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 10:12 21

8. McJobs (Posts: 106; Member since: 08 Jul 2012)


1080p screen will come to the iPhone in 2017

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 14:30 4

32. chistoefurpuffer (Posts: 139; Member since: 11 Mar 2013)


Seriously, Apple hasn't even reached 720p.

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 09:59 11

4. EXkurogane (Posts: 863; Member since: 07 Mar 2013)


Now that Microsoft has done it, Blackberry, your move, or you'll lose out. 1080p isnt a necessity for me on phones, but it's like a trend, if you dont follow, you're screwed.

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 10:02 4

5. Leo_MC (Posts: 476; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)


Why go into tablet teritory with 5" screens?!
FHD is good but maximum 120-130 cm length is the way to go for a phone.

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 10:18 5

11. haseebzahid (Posts: 1801; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


agreed 5 inch is obsered better stay to 4.5 - 4.7 max for flagship varients

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 11:32 4

20. amansingal14 (Posts: 283; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)


"120-130 cm is the way to go for a phone", I think you wanted to say mm...

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 14:11

30. Leo_MC (Posts: 476; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)


Thanks, it's mm indeed :).

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 12:10

24. Taters (Posts: 2592; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


If it is 10.7mm thick and 70.6mm wide, it doesn't matter how short it is. It is effectively harder to operate with one hand and harder to pocket than most 5 inch phones.

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 14:15

31. Leo_MC (Posts: 476; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)


70 mm wide - 16:9 format - it's a 121 mm long.

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 10:03 3

6. gd761 (Posts: 97; Member since: 18 Sep 2012)


Maybe it will be an HTC Phone. A Mix of the HTC Arrive and the HTC One with Windows Phone 9 or Windows Phone Blue.

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 10:07 6

7. sprockkets (Posts: 1077; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


1080p support on phones isn't needed. What IS needed is for MS to pull it's head out of its ass and kill piss poor 1366x768 support on tablets.

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 10:15 2

9. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2992; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Some people can keep their mouth shut or fingers in their pockets now!!
Or are you still trying to figure out something to poke your noses in?

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 10:16 5

10. Mobile-X-Pert (Posts: 565; Member since: 20 Dec 2010)


1080p on mobile phones is completely useless in my opinion, first of all you need a more powerfull hardware (more $$$), games running at 1080p will tax the GPU too much which will affect the battery life. TVs can barely break the 300 PPI barrier and now phones are gettign way over 400PPI!, that's crazy. All I want is a screen with better viewing angles, better color reproduction, better response time, better contrats. Over 300 PPI is already perfect.

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 10:22 4

13. haseebzahid (Posts: 1801; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


yes that correct but what can we do when the market leaders gone crazy about these stuff. its definitely more cons then pros . its not needed but people want something to show as differentiator i guess

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 10:27 1

14. Mobile-X-Pert (Posts: 565; Member since: 20 Dec 2010)


This also means less frames per seconds (under 60fps) for games and heavy 3d apps and tasks. Manufacturer should concentrate on making better displays.

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 11:08 3

17. EXkurogane (Posts: 863; Member since: 07 Mar 2013)


It's just a matter of time before Myxptik, Andrea & TROLL begin terrorizing this post...

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 18:13 1

38. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


O look what do we have here, 1080p screen! I thought Nokia fans don't like hiend specs? Whats next, Adreno320 Gpu, S600 quadcore! But WP8 dosen't require all these power, thats what all the Nokia fans are saying! So much indenial™

Well everyones following Androids foot steps. Another Android wanabe®

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 02:29 3

50. haseebzahid (Posts: 1801; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


yes it don't require but someone have tu shut u down finally

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 11:28 3

19. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1044; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)


Why so long though? We all knew these specs were going to come almost a year ago to smartphones? I'm tired of Windows Phone playing catch up. And don't say Windows phone don't need these specs to run well because Android doesn't need these specs either. We just want them.
I love Windows Phone and hate to see them handicap themselves over and over again.

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 11:34 4

21. EXkurogane (Posts: 863; Member since: 07 Mar 2013)


To me i think 1080p is the limit for smartphones already. Being a little late is fine. Unless Google went nuts slapping in 2500X1600 resolution into their phones (i could actually imagine that happening) even though most TVs out there are still stuck at 1080p and we are asking higher res on 5inch plus phone screens, which is plain stupid.

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 11:46 1

22. Dion25 (Posts: 42; Member since: 25 Jul 2012)


This will help MS, distance itself from BB for 3rd. There's no catching Android/Apple.

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 11:54

23. jcpwn2004 (Posts: 314; Member since: 18 Jan 2012)


anything past 720p on a sub 5" device is pointless anyways. I would rather have the manufacturer invest the savings using a 720p screen into better screen/battery/processor/design materials etc...

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 12:14

25. Taters (Posts: 2592; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


1080p is nice for Android, but only because they throw everything at the UI and live wallpapers and flashy animations and take video and sound very seriously in all aspects of the design with the best YouTube app and mxplayer that plays every file and then some.

For the live tiles that are very difficult to distinguish at different resolutions and YouTube based on internet explorer low quality codecs, it is not necessary, yet.

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 19:17

44. papss (unregistered)


Seriously tater you would complain about anything WP so how about a little less trolling K? I know it's tough

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 12:38 3

28. shnibz (Posts: 153; Member since: 18 Sep 2011)


720p is perfectly fine for a phone. 1080 really isn't even necessary.

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 12:57 5

29. Penny (Posts: 1098; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)


I'm happy with 720p for phones under 5 inches, but Microsoft needs to understand that they have to move faster. If they want to compete with the likes of Android, they can't take their sweet time and stay behind the curve in certain areas. Try explaining to the average consumer that 720p is better for them because they'll get better battery life, the phone will need less horsepower to achieve similar results, and so on.

While WP8 OEMs tend to differentiate themselves with other hardware specs, such as wireless charging, optical image stabilization, 60 Hz screen, premium speakers, etc., the average consumer will still first see the processor and ram and think that the device is about 8-12 months behind the curve. Going into a carrier's store, those points of differentiation are not prominent enough to make an impact on a customer's buying decision in my opinion.

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 14:50 5

33. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 949; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)


I agree with your point of view, that consumers are fooled into looking at the specs, regardless of the practical impact on the user experience. Google is intentionally playing this game, because added CPU cores and faster GPUs are typically needed to make up for Android OS being more resource hungry compared to WP8, which is less CPU intensive, and also runs fine with less RAM too.

WP8 OEM's may have no choice but to play the specs game just to satisfy the impression they are on par with the competition, even though the extra hardware muscle isn't really needed. Likewise, it will not hurt for Microsoft to provide the same features as Android, even if some of those features are relatively useless...

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 14:50 2

34. Dion25 (Posts: 42; Member since: 25 Jul 2012)


The Cell Phone industry, is similar to the auto industry. Do cars really need 14 inch screens? Do cars need really need 5-600 horsepower? Of course not, but it helps sell the new model when there's upgrades. Same in the Cell industry. Phones don't need 5 inch screens, or 1080p resolution displays, but if they didnt upgrade the specs, then why would the consumers want to upgrade? 1080p, curved displays, Metal Chasis, all external components. It's easier to sell a customer on external cosmetics vs internals. The average customer don't know the difference between duo core, or quad core.

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 18:11

37. Timmehor (Posts: 599; Member since: 09 Mar 2013)


Finally, Microsoft have been too backwards comaptible. I wouldn't mind them abling quad core proccesing for the Windows phones too.

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 18:15

39. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


O look whose talking, thought you fans don't need Quadcore?

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 18:54 5

42. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 949; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)


Quadcore is already enabled - in fact, WP8 supports up to 64 cores. They did that in case somebody wanted to emulate Android, but even with 64 cores, Android OS would still probably lag!

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 02:28

49. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Let me draw out the obvious to you.
WP is snapdragon-exclusive software.
It does NOT support quad core chips, as evident by the absence of quad core snapdragon, and this HTC example.

64 core support is a windows 8 desktop feature, for laughing out loud.

I respect you, since I know you have some brains but how can you come up with such BS as above?
Hating Android much?

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 08:24

53. khawarspirit (Posts: 1; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)


Actually, no. WP is compiled to work with the ARM ISA (QComm uses ARM's instruction set), and hence can work on the same boards as competing Android sets. That most probably includes the 4+4 core architecture of Samsung's octa-core as well. They just chose Snapdragon because at the time who else was shipping with A15 or A15-like processors? Only Qualcomm. TI's OMAP5 isn't in the market, neither was Samsung Exynos 5 series... That's why you see HTC One and Xperia Z with QComm chips. -_-

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 23:50 2

47. lubba (Posts: 1310; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


Its great to see supporters and those that talk positive about the things they like. But there are a few or many in this troll breading site that just goes around and spoil happiness and joy for others. As you can see, Troll is one of those worst offenders. Its mind boggling that PA let this infestation continue his fiendish work. If isn't able to put his/her .02$ in trashing Nokia or MS, he/she just doesn't feel good about themselves.

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 02:09

48. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


So what's with WP 9?
Next year maybe?
Lol
Android has support for quad core chips and 1080p screens for years now, and Microsoft will add it by the years end?
And they think they can compete?
:D

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 13:25 1

51. phonemirer (Posts: 111; Member since: 07 Dec 2012)


wp8 is better by far than android performance wise, just see zero lag on low end wp and a bit lag on flagship android.

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 22:16

52. adityashingade (Posts: 7; Member since: 29 Nov 2012)


wow... a 1080p wp :D

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