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Low-resolution screen support scraps HTC project

Rumors are circulating that HTC has scrapped a project that would produce a 5” or larger smartphone using the new Windows Phone 8 operating system. Apparently, HTC couldn’t justify going with the larger screen due to Microsoft’s strict screen resolution requirements.

While there are Android smartphones in that pipeline that support resolutions as high as 1080p, Microsoft has limited Windows Phone 8 to a maximum of 720p (for now).
 
According to Bloomberg’s source, HTC was looking to pick a fight with Samsung’s Galaxy Note II smartphone, which features a 720p display. By offering a 1080p competitor, HTC would have some bragging rights against Samsung’s offering. However, display parity wouldn’t do much for HTC, which has been battered in recent months in the smartphone market.

Bloomberg reports that HTC's decision will deliver a blow to Microsoft and its efforts to compete with Android in the smartphone market. Consumers wanting a large-screen smartphone will have no choice but to go with Android offerings if they are shopping from HTC. 

Source: Bloomberg



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RE: First of all...
By Labotomizer on 12/17/2012 11:11:50 AM , Rating: 2
It's to help ease development for apps. By maintaining a consistent resolution it's easier for developers to target the HD devices.

And 720p is more than adequate for a 5" screen. I can see the desire to support 1080p output to a larger external display. But it's mostly a pissing contest I think. I have a 1080p screen sounds cooler, I guess. Not sure it will impact my email all that much.

1080p on a 10" tablet? Awesome. On a 5" phone? I just don't see the big deal. But it is to some I suppose.


RE: First of all...
By FITCamaro on 12/17/2012 11:54:17 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah anything bigger than 720p is just ridiculous on a 5" screen. I want good scaling for HD playback on my phone so 720p is fine. But trying to say we need 1920x1080 pixels on that form factor is dumb. Just means you need more powerful hardware to drive it and bigger batteries.


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