We may still not yet have any full-blown Windows Phone tablets – anything that’s solidly tablet-sized is running Windows 8 itself (even if just RT) – but with new handsets like the six-inch Lumia 1520, Windows Phone has been flirting with larger and larger displays. That spells the possibility for running into some growing pains, as a platform that has been so laser-focused on smaller phones starts playing around with larger screen sizes. A new leak out today suggests that Windows Phone 8.1 may start doing something about making the OS a better fit for bigger phablets, offering an alternate slimmed-down version of the on-screen keyboard.
The new keyboard, as revealed in the slide you see above, isn’t a huge departure from what we already have, with the key layout largely unchanged (aside from that disappearing emoji key) – really, this is keeping all the horizontal spacing intact, but just making every key half as tall. Ultimately, that ends up saving a great deal of screen space.
This slide doesn’t directly talk about the keyboard changes, but presumably users would have the option to choose which size they prefer, assuming that they’re simply not locked-in to one or the other based on device size.