1080p screen support coming to Windows Phone later this year

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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47 Comments

1. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

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

12. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 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 ;(

15. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 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! :)

35. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

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

16. Wiki_jaan

Posts: 704; Member since: Jun 24, 2012

u r asking too much from a dying company

18. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 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

27. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

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

26. shikroi

Posts: 187; Member since: Sep 24, 2012

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

36. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

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

40. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

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

43. papss unregistered

Really? We acting 12 are we?

45. Dunknown

Posts: 84; Member since: Jul 23, 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.

46. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 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

2. Avicktim

Posts: 22; Member since: Apr 09, 2013

It's about time..

41. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Wp8 stops xeroxing Android wanabe™®

3. cornerofthemoon

Posts: 620; Member since: Apr 20, 2010

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

8. McJobs

Posts: 107; Member since: Jul 08, 2012

1080p screen will come to the iPhone in 2017

32. chistoefurpuffer

Posts: 140; Member since: Mar 11, 2013

Seriously, Apple hasn't even reached 720p.

4. EXkurogane

Posts: 863; Member since: Mar 07, 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.

6. gd761

Posts: 215; Member since: Sep 18, 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.

7. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 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.

9. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 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?

10. Mobile-X-Pert

Posts: 565; Member since: Dec 20, 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.

13. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 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

14. Mobile-X-Pert

Posts: 565; Member since: Dec 20, 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.

17. EXkurogane

Posts: 863; Member since: Mar 07, 2013

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

38. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 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®

50. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

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

19. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1250; Member since: Aug 13, 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.

21. EXkurogane

Posts: 863; Member since: Mar 07, 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.

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