To keep pace with the competition, upcoming Windows Phone 8 devices will come with Full HD displays, The Verge reported on Tuesday. According to sources “familiar with Microsoft’s Windows Phone plans,” the company will update the OS to support 1080p 5-inch screens, jumping up from the current WVGA, WXGA and 720p resolutions.
Unfortunately, phones running the higher resolutions won’t debut until the holidays, so fans awaiting Full HD still have plenty of time to wait. The update will allegedly be introduced as a General Distribution Release (GDR3) for Windows Phone, The Verge said, and will also introduce support for new Qualcomm processors (i.e. quad-core). Once the update does land later this year, it’ll precede the upcoming Windows Phone Blue, which is still planned for a 2014 release.
As manufacturers gravitate toward developing higher resolution Android devices, which have proved phenomenally popular over the past few months, Microsoft will need to implement a similar model if it wants to grab that coveted third spot behind Android and iOS. It sounds like the update will take a little longer than some fans would like, but there’s solace in knowing it’s coming.