Will Windows Phone 8 also have support for 1080p?

Earlier today we reported that Windows Phone 8 will support resolutions of 480x640, 480x800, 720x1280 and 768x1280. A new report indicates that may just be the tip of the iceberg, however, as a Windows Phone device running at 1080p (1920x1080) was discovered.

Windows Phone Daily discovered the device when looking through its analytics information. The site also found a device running at a 768x1280 resolution, as with the earlier report. Strangely, the device didn't connect to Windows Phone Daily from Redmond or its surrounding areas, but instead connected to the site from London, England. Microsoft does have an office in London, however, and the city is also a major market for Windows Phone device manufacturer Nokia.

Conversely, the analytics information for the Windows Phone device running at a resolution of 768x1280 came from Redmond, the site reports. No information about the display's color depth settings were reported. The report from earlier today indicated Windows Phone 8 devices will support 24-bit color depth, an improvement over the current Windows Phone color depth of 16-bit.

The next version of Windows Phone, codenamed Apollo, will be revealed next month at a developer conference provided by Microsoft in San Fransisco. It's been rumored that Windows Phone manufacturers are testing Windows Phone 8 devices in Australia. Microsoft's been fairly tight-lipped about its new mobile operating system, although an executive of a mobile service provider recently said the operating system is "pretty impressive."

Source: Windows Phone Daily | Image via Windows Phone Daily

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it would make sense for them to have 1080p for tablets but 720p is all ya need on a phone anyway. 1080p would maybe lower the battery life as the gfx chip has to push a higher res? so that would defeat the object of a phone

I highly doubt this is really a Windows Phone. Changing your user agent on a PC with a 1920x1080-display is enough to appear in those statistics, you know.

I want 1080p on a 3.5" phone, so I can up the magnification on my microscope before I begin to see pixels.

I don't see why there would be a Windows Phone 8 with a 1080p resolution, there's no need for it really. Could it not be that WP8 and WOA8 share the same kernel and as such browserwise they are identified as the same product? It would make a lot more sense that that resolution was WOA than WP8.

DawnUnder2002 said,
I don't see why there would be a Windows Phone 8 with a 1080p resolution, there's no need for it really. Could it not be that WP8 and WOA8 share the same kernel and as such browserwise they are identified as the same product? It would make a lot more sense that that resolution was WOA than WP8.

A Samsung Note type 5" WP device would actually benefit from 1080p I'd think, mostly for video though.

GP007 said,

A Samsung Note type 5" WP device would actually benefit from 1080p I'd think, mostly for video though.

Thats what i was thinking, Samsung note is nice piece of hardware, and add WP on it, you will have a nice business class phone or Media phone with smooth interface.

"A new report indicates that a Windows Phone device running at 1080p exists."

Haha, made me think of unicorns. It's out there - somewhere! Anyway, good news for WP fans. Although I'm not sure you can actually see a difference compared to the dot pitch from 720x1280. Maybe full HD movies look a bit crisper though, not having to be resampled. But the thing is that 720p on a phone is extremely sharp already.

Northgrove said,
"A new report indicates that a Windows Phone device running at 1080p exists."

Haha, made me think of unicorns. It's out there - somewhere! Anyway, good news for WP fans. Although I'm not sure you can actually see a difference compared to the dot pitch from 720x1280. Maybe full HD movies look a bit crisper though, not having to be resampled. But the thing is that 720p on a phone is extremely sharp already.

Perhaps it will be for a phablet-like (eughhh I hate that word so much) device?

Fred 69 said,

Perhaps it will be for a phablet-like (eughhh I hate that word so much) device?

could this just show that it has 1080p support for hdmi output? that would make more sense in my eyes

mikeyx12 said,

Windows is a phone?

Did you read the article? Or even the title? This is an article about Windows Phone...

rfirth said,

Did you read the article? Or even the title? This is an article about Windows Phone...

"Windows Phone device running at 1080p (1920x1080) was discovered."
I want.