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.