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HTC Ditches Plans to Build Windows Phone 8 Phablet

by Todd Haselton | December 17, 2012December 17, 2012 1:30 pm PDT

HTC Titan II

HTC has reportedly ditched plans to build a Windows Phone 8 device with a large screen because of the limitations of the operating system’s support for high resolutions, Bloomberg reported recently. That means that you’ll need to stick to Android if you want a smartphone from HTC with a screen larger than 5-inches, for now.

Bloomberg suggested the move will “[deal] a blow” to Microsoft as it tries to compete with Android, but that’s not really the way I see it. Instead, I think Windows Phone 8 is still a great platform, and maybe users just don’t need a screen with that size. I’m glad that HTC is considering quality control instead of releasing a smartphone with specs that don’t line up with consumer expectations. Windows Phone 8, if you’re unaware, only supports resolutions up to 1280 x 768. The Android-powered DROID DNA, meanwhile, has a much sharper 1920 x 1280-pixel display.

Ultimately, HTC apparently decided that a Windows Phone 8 phablet with a lower res screen wouldn’t compete with Android devices of the same size. That’s fine, we don’t think it would either. So maybe we won’t see a Titan III after all.


Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...