HTC Reconsiders Large-Screen Windows Phone 8 Market
December 17, 2012 10:01 AM
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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).
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
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.
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RE: What screen size?
12/17/2012 2:18:17 PM
they are only a small percentage of the market
Small percentage? Nearly one third of android phones had a screen of 4.5"+ in a quarter earlier this year:
It's only going up.
Apple doesn't compete in the large screen market. That makes it much easier to grab a meaningful piece of the pie.
RE: What screen size?
12/17/2012 5:04:53 PM
It's very interesting, but those large phones are selling much better here than anywhere else, no matter what the marketshare of Android may be. And here in the States, I doubt if Android marketshare is really over 50%, going by the percentage of Android phones sold for use with the cell networks as a percentage of smartphones sold. So that 29% here, is likely no more that about 15%, which, as I said, is a small percentage.
"There's no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share. No chance." -- Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer
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