HTC Cancels Plans for 1080p Windows Phone 8 Handset (Rumor)

When it comes to Windows Phone 8, we get a solid operating system with a unique live tiles approach. At the same time, it’s hard not to take notice that Android seems to be seeing new features on devices that Microsoft and its partners have yet to give us.

Two of the ‘features’ that come to mind for me would be quad-core processing and 1080p handsets. Sure, 1080p is relatively new, but does Windows Phone 8 even support it? According to a new rumor, it doesn’t.

HTC actually was working on a newer handset that would feature a 5-inch screen and 1080p screen, or so the rumor goes. Think of this as the HTC Butterfly (Droid DNA) with Windows Phone 8 instead of Android.

HTC has now scrapped the plans because they ran into problems making it all work right with Windows Phone 8, which currently only offers up support for 720p.

Do We Buy This?

Maybe I’m missing something here, but I don’t fully buy this rumor. Microsoft isn’t stupid– if they feel that they can offer up a great smartphone experience for 1080p, I don’t see why they couldn’t. It shouldn’t be that hard to allow support for true HD via Windows Phone 8 is it?

If the phone was really in works, wouldn’t HTC have researched a bit before jumping in? Why start developing something only to then realize, “Oh wait, this won’t work with what we are doing. Let’s pack it up boys, good R&D money wasted here.”

If scrapped, there was likely another reason, like lack of funding. Again, I could be totally wrong or be missing something here.

Honestly, I don’t know if I think that 1080p handsets are all that necessary. The Lumia 920 has a gorgeous display, and it isn’t True HD. What do you think of this rumor, completely unfounded or not?
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  • Robert Kegel

    I don’t really get the 1080p handset. I learned that any screen less than 35 inch, it doesn’t matter if its 720p or 1080p, the eyes can’t tell the difference. Now if they mean that 1080p movies and video will show at full resolution on a 55 inch TV set, that I’d understand, but a 1080p 5 inch screen just doesn’t make sense. Unless I’m missing something here, if so inform me.

    • Rex

      At this point, you are probably right, but future possiblities spring to mind. I can easily imagine a time in the next 5 years when smart phones become personal computers and wirelessly broadcast to large screens when available.