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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 zephyrprime on 12/17/2012 1:00:54 PM , Rating: 3
Man, you gotta switch to a 720 screen on your phone if you browse the web a lot. I went from 800x480 like yourself to 1280x720 and it is far superior for web browsing. For other purposes, it doesn't matter but for web browsing, it does.


RE: First of all...
By Rukkian on 12/17/2012 3:15:16 PM , Rating: 2
I agree on the web browsing. While some say you cannot tell the difference, and it not needed (I used to be in that camp) when I use somebody's phone with a lower res, I can tell now that I am used to my gnex, which doesn't even have the best screen and is 12 months old.

Having everything be crystal clear, even when I zoom in is awesome.


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