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Windows Phone Summit: New resolutions revealed for Windows Phone 8

Continuing our Windows Phone Summit coverage, we detail the new resolutions announced for Windows Phone 8: In line with earlier leaks and expectations, Microsoft has now confirmed that Windows Phone 8 will ship with 3 supported resolutions (2 additional). Specifically:

  • 480x800 (15:9)
  • 768x1280 (15:9)
  • 720x1280 (16:9)

The last of the resolutions, of course, is most desirable on a device because its full 720p resolution. That means no letterboxing -- you know, those annoying black bars on top and bottom.

Now you're probably thinking: What's with the two aspect ratios? We asked about this and it boils down to part costs and OEM flexibility. Let's be honest, OEMs targeting developing markets don't need or want to have the most expensive screen part. Nor do consumers in that market want to pay for one. So loosening on screen requirements is a win for a lot of folks.

Daniel Rubino is the Executive Editor of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft here since 2007, back when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and arguing with people on the internet.

9 Comments
  • Keep them coming. I'm working so staying updated here. Thanks!
  • Woot , waiting for some new stuff .
  • DANIEL RUBINO U DA MAN WITH THE BEST APP FOR NEWS ON WP
  • Amen.
  • With 720x1280 support, why would anyone get a Win8 RT arm based tablet. Just get the phone.
  • Screen size
  • And I bet people still aren't satisfied
  • If course troll won't be happy unless ms gives them a free phone.. :rolleyes:
  • no 1080p?