Windows Phone 8.1 taking on low and high specs with new display resolution support

Windows Phone 8.1 taking on low and high specs with new display resolution support
Microsoft has been slowly expanding the reach of Windows Phone with support for new display sizes and resolutions recently, and it looks like that trend is set to continue with the upcoming Windows Phone 8.1 update. Information has been pulled from the new WP8.1 SDK that shows the platform will be adding new resolution support in both the high and low spec categories. This adds on to the info we've already gotten from the new SDK.

According to data pulled from the SDK by self-described "Microsoft fanboy" Roman L, Windows Phone 8.1 will be adding support for both qHD (540x960) and QHD (1440x2560) displays. Previously the maximum resolution was 1080x1920, which was added with the GDR 3 update to Windows Phone 8. Additionally, the minimum logical resolution is being dropped from 480x800 to 360x640, and Microsoft will be implementing a responsive design scheme. This means that developers need to update apps that use absolute positioning or absolute resolutions, and create apps that can be upscaled to various resolutions. 

It also implies that Windows Phone will soon be absorbing Windows RT. With the GDR 3 update, Windows Phone gained support for 6-inch displays and larger, and the 1080p resolution. Now, Windows Phone is getting support for QHD, which is a resolution best suited for tablets rather than handsets right now. There have been rumors of QHD displays on handsets, but those are still rare, so it seems more likely that Microsoft is building more towards tablets. 

source: @Roman L. via WMPU

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1. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

I'm seeing low resolution for smartwatch. Great can't wait for 1820 with 1440x2560 resolution.

9. Kyokado

Posts: 115; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Am I the only one having a problem with nokia naming their phones with numbers? Its really confusing tbh... I know they having been doing it for quite a long time. But dont u think its time to change? Nokia X for eg. Is an awesome name.

11. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Nokia Icon?

29. Kyokado

Posts: 115; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Normandy actually

33. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

That as well... You answered your own question...

37. Kyokado

Posts: 115; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Aint that a code name

50. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

I think it's the real name.. Some product packaging, and cases, have been seen using the Icon name.. You can look up "Nokia Icon" on eBay, and find accessories already..

62. Kyokado

Posts: 115; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Today we know ur right

57. sgodsell

Posts: 7207; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Nokia Normandy is an Android version which is replacing their asha symbian OS smarthones

18. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

520, 620, 710, 820, 1020, 1520, 2520.. Naming scheme got a little out of hand, same way Samsung did with the Galaxy line. Hopefully they create a new naming scheme under the reign of Microsoft.

25. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

The thing is that the average consumer never see's all of these designations.. We only do because we read about this crap everyday... The average consumer will only see at most 3-4 different devices in a store at a time, and at that point it will be obvious how to choose because of size, features, and mainly price... Now, I will agree that it is a little much when you consider keeping up with all the numbers, and if Microkia had devices on every carrier, with different variations, it could get much worse for us enthusiasts, who really don't matter... Nevertheless, I would like to see more names, like Icon, but the numbers are actually fine for the consumer market if we look at it realistically... ................... But, of course, as always, I'm no advertising specialist, and I could be wrong...

30. Kyokado

Posts: 115; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Plus proper names give an identity to the product. So even the mainstream consumer will be able to know.

32. dratomic

Posts: 483; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

there was a time when numbers gave identity to nokias. think 3310, 3650, 6600, 7610

34. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

True dat..

65. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

as long as there is LUMIA in the naming scheme, everything is all good. my friends call it lumia. no numerical codes needed. they will know if its low end , mid end or high end. but mostly mid-high end coz its fast and beautiful :)

2. HASHTAG unregistered

This is great support, though I think we're fine w/ just 1080p displays. However, people want more res. for reasons idk.

5. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

What resolution is your device currently at?

12. HASHTAG unregistered

I have the 1520. I'm not saying they shouldn't release phones with greater resolution, but why?

15. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Because even with my 1520 I can still see how the resolution of the screen can be much sharper... ......................... Remember when the iPhone first came out, and people said that the screen was Amazing? They said that it was impossible to tell the difference from 480 to 720p screens.. They said it was impossible to tell the difference from a 720p screen to a 1080p screen... Have you looked at your old 768 screen after using your 1520?.. I think you can tell a difference... It's actually a huge difference using your phone at average length from your face, and that's a worthy upgrade... Now, after all that you're asking why would anyone need higher than 1080p.... ...................... Lets just answer you question with two words... Human Advancement...... "I don't see why anyone needs a car with more than 50hp": said the man in 1928... I'm glad there were others who thought differently.

19. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

There IS a difference between 720 and 1080p. Glad you caught onto that because those who have switched can agree with us. I just want to see the difference between QHD and 1080p.

26. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Yeah, I'm sure I'll be able to tell, because I can see "edges" on my 1520,, If you know what I mean..... I mean, you have to look really close, but perfection is in the details.

3. Kishin

Posts: 706; Member since: May 30, 2013

After this update, Platforms will be on equal grounds.

6. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

It already has been in my book... This is just my 1520 hitting the lottery...

66. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

lumias with snapdragon800 would be pleased with this update on 1020, idk

58. sgodsell

Posts: 7207; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

No it won't. There will still be limits and restrictions when compared to Android. You still can't change the UI. You still have a limit on the number of development devices you can have and have to register them (1 device, and if you pay for the year then 3 devices). Have to wait and see about a file explorer.

4. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

WP8.1-0xxxx is not a major update...... It's a COLOSSAL update!! ...................... Like 2013 2014 is going to be a very good year for WP... I'm proud to say I'm a hard core WP fan..

14. Credo

Posts: 749; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

Indeed! COLOSSAL! i'm very excited. Do you have Instagram btw?

16. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Yep!!

17. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Instarodneyej

28. Credo

Posts: 749; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

Thanks, i just followed you, i'm dgcsg :)

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