HTC gave up on a big-screen Windows Phone for the lack of Full HD display support

HTC gave up on a big-screen Windows Phone for the lack of Full HD display support
HTC has apparently been planning to take the big screen fight onto the Windows Phone 8 turf, which might explain why its current HTC 8X flagship there was outed with a "just" 4.3" display.

The company has reportedly been planning to inject WP8 into something like the Droid DNA chassis, which sports 5" Full HD screen, but Microsoft dropped the ball on 1080 screens support in Windows Phone 8, which currently only goes up to 720 horizontal resolution, reports Bloomberg.

The Taiwanese decided that a big-screen WP8 device thus won't be competitive against the upcoming Full HD 5-inchers that Android makers have in the pipeline, and scrapped its plans for such a device altogether.

source: Bloomberg



31. Sailingmaster

Posts: 24; Member since: Feb 26, 2012

I don't blame HTC at all. They've been making Windows phones for a long time. And despite Microsoft's claims to the contrary, HTC is definitely getting the short end of the stick when it comes to support from Microsoft. With all the privileged support and money that Microsoft has been funneling into Nokia, and looking at the WP sales numbers, I think the only reason that Microsoft didn't just buy out Nokia and rename it something exciting like Microsoft Mobility, was to hopefully capitalize on European brand loyalty to Nokia.

28. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

That's too bad. I supported HTC and their WP efforts but stuff like this makes me wanna say its time for MS to invest heavily in Nokia and their surface phone and leave HTC to struggle with Android. If I could I would ask HTC, what is the resolution on the Gnote 2?

30. MorePhonesThanNeeded

Posts: 645; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

Did you read the article? HTC wanted to use the DNA chassis for a WP but MS dropped the ball and WP8 only goes up to 720p, so what's the point of using the 1080p screen for WP8 if it's wasted and never does 1080p? They have to use their investments wisely and WP sporting a 1080p screen would have been a waste of resources that could be used on an OS that takes advantage of 1080p capability of the screen. HTC will have to make new orders of 720p 5" screens for WP8 which is probably what they didn't want to do. Means new deals and more talks and more money that they might not get back because WP8 isn't actually flying off shelves like Android devices are and the DNA is enjoying some success being the first 1080p Android device on a major network. Classic case of MS not thinking forward, why would you build WP8 without thinking about 1080p as a supportable resolution? This shows that they build too many OS's. Windows RT, Windows PRO, WP8, Windows 8...goodness do any of these OS share any kind of unity? This is what makes Google's Android a better OS, it's scalability. Support for low resolution and high resolution and fits on phones, smartphones, tablets and I can bet they are aiming for desktops. I am about to actually try out the chrome book because I really want to try out the OS and see if it has any legs at all. But my smartphone is much better device than my desktop PC, searches are quick and easy and you can find relevant information because of the way Google built the search, so many options to help make the search easier. Anyone who has used search on a Windows desktop can tell you how crazy things can get. I'm itching for Android on a desktop, the search and the ease of use have me sold. Here's hoping that Google at least gives it a shot, tired of just having Windows to look at and that stuff works as long as they want it to, then it starts having issues for no reason when a new version is on it's way out. XP and Vista user here, screw anything newer just seem to come with too many issues and eats up too much HD space for what it does. RAM hog.

32. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

HTC wanted to do a 1080 screen for a WP; MS, WP doesnt support it yet. Blame MS, WP.....not HTC.

19. uneedhelp

Posts: 19; Member since: Nov 04, 2012

There is only 1 phone currently in the u.s supporting 1080p (DNA) so at this time most of ur argument is irrelevant.

15. uneedhelp

Posts: 19; Member since: Nov 04, 2012

8x and 920 are two of the best phones out

12. Thephonegeek

Posts: 118; Member since: Nov 22, 2012

This makes me made. People buys phones judging by it's specs and hardware. If you can do better you will win. If manufacturers made Quad core, 2GB Ram, 13mp camera windows phones they would've sold well. I know wp performs well with a dual core chip and 1GB Ram but this doesn't attract people. That's why they choose Droid DNA and Note 2. And more capable hardware also make phones futureproof. And Nokia's stupidity relying on a single closed source operating system is definitely getting them out of the business. Nokia is dying because of MS and elop. Unless they will switch to android they will be dying slowly and slowly.

10. Thephonegeek

Posts: 118; Member since: Nov 22, 2012


8. Vater2451

Posts: 7; Member since: Aug 06, 2012

disapointed..... had a titan 2 for a while and was really looking forward to a titan 3..... 1080 screens are over rated...... Id take a bigger battery over higher resolution any day... OEM's should listen to their customers more and the competition less

6. jove39

Posts: 2153; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

MS may add support for full HD displays in upcoming service pack update...for now...just have to live with 720p.

5. bayhuy

Posts: 320; Member since: Jun 23, 2011

Stupid Microsoft...they will add 1080p support, but too late. They missed their chance to be the first...always playing catch-up

17. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Yo, when was 720p never enough for your eyes to distinguish texts????

25. wassup

Posts: 565; Member since: Jun 23, 2011

it was, but more pixels= better details.. soo yeah, i would prefer the 1080p screen, maybe after 2 years we'll have 4K screen on the SVI, we'll see.

26. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

I'm not against 1080p displays, but talking down resolutions below it is not so wise either. The phone is not 5 inch so 720p is quite enough...that's what i'm saying!

27. wassup

Posts: 565; Member since: Jun 23, 2011

i know, my S3 is 720p and i like it more than any other screen I've seen, I'm just saying that MS should have foreseen this and should have added HD support to WP8

29. dicemoney

Posts: 59; Member since: Mar 28, 2011

Enough is not enough in technology world if everybody was thinking like you we would be still using flip phone with no camera because that was enough then.

33. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Again, i'm talking about displays BELOW 5 case you missed it.

4. No_Nonsense unregistered

PA, goes up to 720 horizontal pixels is theoretically incorrect. It supports 768 horizontal pixels.

1. wendygarett unregistered

I personally think the aspect ratio on L920 is better, but the wp8x is nice too... To me, 4.5 inch on lumia 920 is the optimal size I can operate on one hand lol

2. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Agree...There's so much you can do without a full HD display... That's what phones have been doing before the DNA.

3. wendygarett unregistered

Off topic : do you own lumia 920? If so how does it feels? Coz I thinking of wanna own one as my 1st wp8... Is it good?

7. Vater2451

Posts: 7; Member since: Aug 06, 2012

dont own either but heavily debated the 920 and 8x before I got my nexus 4. The 920 is nothing special in the hand.... honestly its chunky feeling. But I seriously almost bought an 8x just because of how great it felt in my hand but a WP thats not a Nokia isnt as competitive.....

9. redmd

Posts: 1965; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

prepare to be thumbed down lol but seriously the 8X feels better in the hand than 920.

11. wendygarett unregistered

I also consider of getting wp8x because of the price... HTC know how to attract new user from outside Windows tho... But now this Nathan guy starts to convey me, when he keeps sayin that L920 is way better than 8x... I trust him, but I need more feedback...

14. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Lol, i'm convincing you??? Really??? Haha...well that's some news! Yes, L920 is better than 8X in terms of the features inside it! But note this, i never said that it fells better in the hand than the 8X or any other phone!

16. dampv

Posts: 33; Member since: Oct 06, 2012

I agreed with you, no matter how a phone is better in hand, what matters most for majority of consumer is features and specs.

18. wendygarett unregistered

You haven't answered my question... Did you own one? Lol... Coz I wanna your feedback tho :)

13. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Nope, don't have one in my hand Wendy, but i'm not talking about L920 here, i'm talking about displays.

20. wendygarett unregistered

Oops sorry about my previous comment lol... Guess I have to find another feedback... Sigh... I trusted you, but your avatar is a lie :(

22. ahhxd717

Posts: 332; Member since: Dec 08, 2011

Well my bf has had a Lumia 920 for a few weeks so ive used it a bit and its really not that bad in the hand. Maybe its more my taste; I like slightly heavier phones because I like the feeling substance but I can see how it might be too heavy/bulky for some when compared to lighter phones. But overall I think it fits nicely and is easy to handle. Definitely a fast phone, and is very enjoyable to use. However, my phone is a GNex on 4.2.1 so some of the customizations/power features are lacking but I'm not too much into all that. Im really liking WP8. Definitely a good phone and I'd seriously think of getting it, especially if coming from an iPhone, like my bf.

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