1080p screen support coming to Windows Phone later this year

As the saying goes, better late than never! Anonymous sources claim 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...
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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: 1245; 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.

22. Dion25

Posts: 42; Member since: Jul 25, 2012

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

23. jcpwn2004

Posts: 314; Member since: Jan 18, 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...

25. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 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.

44. papss unregistered

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

28. shnibz

Posts: 509; Member since: Sep 18, 2011

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

29. Penny

Posts: 1847; Member since: Feb 04, 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.

33. UrbanPhantom

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 30, 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...

34. Dion25

Posts: 42; Member since: Jul 25, 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.

37. Timmehor

Posts: 599; Member since: Mar 09, 2013

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

39. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

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

42. UrbanPhantom

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 30, 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!

49. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 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?

53. khawarspirit

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 30, 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. -_-

47. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 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.

48. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 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

51. phonemirer

Posts: 111; Member since: Dec 07, 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.

52. adityashingade

Posts: 7; Member since: Nov 29, 2012

wow... a 1080p wp :D
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