By Stephen Schenck | May 31, 2012 1:42 PM
Windows Phone 8 will add quite a bit of variety to the hardware supporting the OS, featuring many more options than manufacturers had when creating gear conforming to Microsoft’s original specifications. Part of that variety will come in the form of support for additional display resolutions; we’ve known for some time now that the platform will allow for displays in any of four different resolutions. The question’s been just what those resolutions might be. Continuing support for WVGA is a no-brainer, but what about the others? A combination of info gleamed from server logs and other sources may be able to provide that answer, claiming to identify all supported resolutions.
In addition to the standard WVGA, website server logs have been registering a series of visits from Windows Phone devices claiming to have a 1280 x 720 resolution. Beyond the higher-res screens, they report greater color depth than WP7 models, at 24-bit. Add-in the fact that these visits appear to be coming from Redmond, WA, and it looks pretty darn likely that 720p will be a supported WP8 resolution
Beyond those, sources known to WPCentral add that we can expect Windows Phone 8 to handle screens with 1280 x 768 and 640 x 480 resolutions. That latter one is especially interesting, as its 4:3 screen suggests a new form factor; we’re used to seeing screens like that on BlackBerry-type handsets. We’re also curious what effect a new aspect ratio is going to have on developers, and making sure their apps display correctly across all these new resolutions.