New Windows Phone 8 display resolution size revealed?

Windows Phone 8 still hasn't been officially announced by Microsoft but there is plenty of evidence that the team at Redmond is working hard on the next version of its mobile OS, which has the code name "Apollo". Today, WPCentral.com reports that according to their site analytics, a version of Windows Phone 8 has been used to visit the site that has a display resolution of 768x1280.

The display color setting for this resolution was set at 24-bit, according to the story, which is an improvement from the normal 16-bit color setup The story also claims via unnamed sources that 768x1280 will indeed be one of the resolution sizes officially supported by Windows Phone 8. Other display sizes will include 480x640, 480x800 (which is the current display size for Windows Phone 7 devices) and 720x1280.

The same story also shows a list of recent Windows Phone 8 build version numbers which indicates that Microsoft is working hard to get "Apollo" ready for release in the near future. Rumors are that Microsoft will officially reveal and offer the first real details on Windows Phone 8 during a developer conference in San Fransisco in June. The first smartphones with Windows Phone 8 are not expected to be released until sometime later this fall.

Source: WPCentral.com

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Man I can't wait. I am going to have a RETINA FEST with these phones! I will be waiting in line to get the latest Lumia, and I will carry a microscope with me so I can be ready to count pixels at 100x magnification.

ACTIONpack said,
Thats good for Windows Phone 8 but Microsoft should have an unlimited resolution screen size.

Sorry, but no. It's hard enough to develop mobile apps when you've got a fixed set of resolutions to support for screen layouts, etc. The last thing you want is to be supporting a virtually infinite number of possible resolutions.

Cool. And we all know this is just the tip of the iceberg... I can't wait to see what all is coming with Windows Phone 8.

looks good but who cares really. resolution increase is just marketing. if you're close enough to notice then it is too close to use it without hurting your eyes.

neonspark said,

resolution never mattered one bit. so....

Of course it didn't. That's why we still have TV at 240p, phone cameras with 0.3mp sensors.

Oh wait, that's right. We have 1080p TV, 48mp camera phones and plenty of other applications where resolution is important. D'oh!

Javik said,

Of course it didn't. That's why we still have TV at 240p, phone cameras with 0.3mp sensors.

Oh wait, that's right. We have 1080p TV, 48mp camera phones and plenty of other applications where resolution is important. D'oh!

That extreme exaggeration doesn't help your already poor first comment.

Even though it has lower resolution, WP uses ClearType font smoothing so it makes text look crisp and clear regardless - probably comparable to what other OS'es would render fonts like at 1280x720, without the sub-pixel smoothing (iOS comes to mind; not sure about Android or BBOS).

Obry said,
Even though it has lower resolution, WP uses ClearType font smoothing so it makes text look crisp and clear regardless - probably comparable to what other OS'es would render fonts like at 1280x720, without the sub-pixel smoothing (iOS comes to mind; not sure about Android or BBOS).

No matter how you silly fanboys spin it, the pixelfest look horrible on the larger display phones. Comparing to One X display or even iPhone 4's is just hilarious.

Leo (DerpDerp) said,

No matter how you silly fanboys spin it, the pixelfest look horrible on the larger display phones. Comparing to One X display or even iPhone 4's is just hilarious.

I've side by side compared my Titan with iPhone 4s's and frankly, its noticable, but not a huge difference. Would I like to have that ppi on my titan yes? Would I want to have an iPhone for that ppi, no. Unless, of course, you're ppi nut.

Leo (DerpDerp) said,

No matter how you silly fanboys spin it, the pixelfest look horrible on the larger display phones. Comparing to One X display or even iPhone 4's is just hilarious.

I bet you can't even bear to look at a desktop monitor anymore, with pixel densities under 100 ppi!

That's good news. 800x480 is a crap resolution once you have used 1280x720. Please MS, add repeating notifications for text messages, and I will switch back to WP

tsupersonic said,
That's good news. 800x480 is a crap resolution once you have used 1280x720. Please MS, add repeating notifications for text messages, and I will switch back to WP

Or some sort of a notification manager that shows a count on the home screen that can be quickly cleared.

tsupersonic said,
That's good news. 800x480 is a crap resolution once you have used 1280x720. Please MS, add repeating notifications for text messages, and I will switch back to WP

No it's not when you use 3.2" phone.

tuneslover said,

No it's not when you use 3.2" phone.

Well, that is a small screen. I thought my Droid Incredible's 3.7" screen was big, but after switching to the Galaxy Nexus's 4.65" screen, it is nice size for the touch screen display. Once you get used to HD resolution and the screen size, it is very difficult to go back to a measly 800x480, and plus the PPI on the GN is amazing, so it looks extremely sharp.

tsupersonic said,
Well, that is a small screen. I thought my Droid Incredible's 3.7" screen was big, but after switching to the Galaxy Nexus's 4.65" screen, it is nice size for the touch screen display. Once you get used to HD resolution and the screen size, it is very difficult to go back to a measly 800x480, and plus the PPI on the GN is amazing, so it looks extremely sharp.

Yes but some people really prefer small screens specially girls.

rfirth said,
1280x768 and 1280x720? Seems silly to support both.

1280x720 support exists because there are tons of 720p displays being produced, 1280x768 has the same aspect ratio as 800x480, so no black bars when playing games.

dagamer34 said,

1280x720 support exists because there are tons of 720p displays being produced, 1280x768 has the same aspect ratio as 800x480, so no black bars when playing games.

I was thinking the same thing. Thank you for the explanation.
But maybe they'll only choose one of these resolution, since both of these devices are test models.

Drossel said,
I can't wait. When a top tier Nokia WP8 device is released, goodbye iPhone.

It doesn't need to be "Goodbye iPhone", unless you're personally talking about ditching our own iPhone. Several Mobile OS's are perfectly capable of co-existing. For Windows Phone to succeed, iPhone doesn't have to lose

McKay said,

It doesn't need to be "Goodbye iPhone", unless you're personally talking about ditching our own iPhone. Several Mobile OS's are perfectly capable of co-existing. For Windows Phone to succeed, iPhone doesn't have to lose

I think he does in fact mean he'll be ditching his own iPhone. No need to overreact man.

McKay said,

It doesn't need to be "Goodbye iPhone", unless you're personally talking about ditching our own iPhone. Several Mobile OS's are perfectly capable of co-existing. For Windows Phone to succeed, iPhone doesn't have to lose

Yes, I'm talking about my own iPhone. And I love it because of all great apps and games, but the OS itself feels old.

Drossel said,

Yes, I'm talking about my own iPhone. And I love it because of all great apps and games, but the OS itself feels old.

Same here, been with iPhone since the 2G, getting bored with it, managed to snag a Lumia off Amazon UK, with the masses on confusion about the release date here, it keeps getting put back and almost every company has a different date, it said the Cyan version wouldnt come out till June 12th, but they had Black Lumia 900's in stock, so I went for it.

Drossel said,

Yes, I'm talking about my own iPhone. And I love it because of all great apps and games, but the OS itself feels old.

Agreed. The GUI looks visually identical to the original iPhone but for folders and background wallpapers which came after. I'm bored with it after owning two iPhones in the past. Got an SGS2 now and love it for the customisation. Every time I get bored with it, just swap around a few widgets, wallpapers and themes and voila.. feels like a new phone again for a month or so.

1280x720, Sweet, I want that resolution on a device that's like the Lumia 900! With their new PureView camera slapped in.

McKay said,
1280x720, Sweet, I want that resolution on a device that's like the Lumia 900! With their new PureView camera slapped in.

There was a scientific study that showed the Nokia Lumia 900 is 3.25 times better then the iphone..