Windows Phone 7 devices are great. When sat next to handsets such as the iPhone 4S or HTC One X, however, the discrepancy in display quality becomes alarmingly apparent. Right now, Microsoft’s mobile OS only supports a WVGA (480 x 800) resolution, which is a far cry from what’s becoming the standard at 1280 x 720. Windows Phone 8 is looking to change this.
A series of server logs stemming from Redmond, WA, where Microsoft is based, indicate the company is preparing to introduce support for several different resolutions, including the eye-melting 720p. In addition, WPCentral’s sources confirmed that resolutions of 1280×768 and 640×480 will be supported, along with the current WVGA. The new resolutions reportedly show a greater color depth as well, WPCentral said, set at 24-bit instead of the current 16-bit.
By our count, that’s four different resolutions. It’ll be interesting to see how this change affects app development, if at all. We’re still months away from the release of Windows Phone 8 Apollo, which is expected to hit in October, but it sounds as though those live tiles are about to look a lot sharper.