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    One year ago, the very first smartphones with 1080p displays were only just hitting the market: HTC released its Butterfly/Droid DNA family, and only a few months after that we were seeing 1080p devices absolutely dominate flagship offerings from all the big Android players. Since then, even the walls between platforms have started falling down, and Windows Phone has joined Android in this crazy-high-res echelon. But before this hardware actually arrived – heck, even while the first models were arriving – you couldn't get a conversation started about 1080p displays on smartphones ...

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    Have you received your Nokia Amber update by now? Got to playing around with the Glance Screen? It's already pretty darn useful, but now it gets a little fancier, too, with the release of the Glance Background beta app. In releasing it, though, did Nokia just confirm the presence of 1080p displays on upcoming models like the 1520? Don't get us wrong – it's not that anyone's particularly doubting that we're about to see Nokia cross that 1080p threshold – but it's still interesting to see such evidence come from the company itself, rather than through the usual leaks and rumors. Glance ...

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    Take a look at your screen. Whether that screen is your desktop monitor, your smartphone, the HD display on your tablet, or even the face of your digital watch, it's made up of dots. These dots are probably too small for you to see with your naked eye, but trust me, they're there. Each of these "dots" is called a pixel, which is short for "picture element". Pixels make up every image that we see on a screen or monitor. The interesting part? They're made up of even smaller components called sub-pixel elements. Sub-pixel elements are comprised of a cluster of "things" that emit light. ...

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    We've already given quite a bit of attention to the Samsung Galaxy S 4. There's no doubt that it's a formidable player and deserving of its flagship status. There are, however, numerous variants of the "Samsung Galaxy S 4". We've already looked at the Sprint version and the AT&T version; now it's time to dig into the Verizon Wireless variant of the phone. Other than the radios and the branding on the outside of the case, the innards of the Verizon version of the Galaxy S 4 are virtually identical to those of its U.S. siblings. The question of whether or not the Galaxy S 4 is a great ...

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    We just got done telling you about the new Facebook beta for Windows Phone 8 that Microsoft is trying to get some users interested in beta testing. That's great news on its own, but in revealing the new version of the app, did Microsoft just show its cards regarding the rumored new resolution support for the platform? The screenshots of the Facebook beta Microsoft provided sure look nice, but they don't seem to accurately reflect how the app appears on currently-available Windows Phone handsets. Check out the comparison above, with one of Microsoft's pics on the left, and a shot of the ...

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    We've had a couple opportunities to discuss the rumors of upcoming General Distribution Release updates for Windows Phone 8. The next, GDR2, should be just around the corner, and could be featured on upcoming models like the rumored HTC Tiara. GDR3 would be even farther out, and the big Windows Blue release would ultimately arrive after that. As we wait for official word on these updates, some new rumors are attempting to identify a few of the tweaks arriving with GDR3 in particular, including new resolution support. According to sources, GDR3 will be ready by the end-of-year holiday ...

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    When talking about the sizes of the screens on our mobile devices, people can be lumped into one of two groups: those who don't care, and those who are passionate about how big or how small their porthole into cyberspace is. Those who don't care about screen size may have been given their device, whether by their employer or by their carrier, and don't have significant say into their specifications. These folks may be less concerned about size, and more concerned about operating system (Android versus iOS, for example). At the end of the day, this group of people is usually satisfied with ...

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    In a mobile world that runs on rumor and speculation, the HTC device codenamed the "M7" is this season's belle of the ball. The smartphone broke cover courtesy of an analyst leak back on December 5th, and it's been generating all manner of excitement ever since. That's not just because the M7 is purported to be an Android flagship device (though that's scintillating enough on its own). The M7 is especially intriguing because its parent company has, for over a year, been trying to claw itself out of a hole it fell into back in 2011. If it were a less remarkable corporation, that wouldn't ...

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    1080p smartphone screens have been on the horizon for months, and we knew that it was just a matter of time before they got here. All along, our anticipation at seeing just how incredibly detailed they'd look was mixed with a good deal of uncertainty. Would hardware struggle to keep up with that many pixels? Would they be even remotely affordable? And perhaps most importantly: would they really look that much better than 720p? Well, HTC has brought us the future, and in spite of our apprehension, everything seems pretty great. The Droid DNA doesn't demand a premium price, isn't choking on ...

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    Normally, a company launching a variant of an already-released smartphone isn't huge news. Variations on a common theme are business-as-usual in the mobile tech world, not blockbuster paradigm shifts -- especially as mobile offerings grow more and more streamlined across different carriers and markets. Sometimes, though, a handset comes along that deserves special mention. The new Butterfly, quietly unveiled just this morning on HTC's website, is one of those devices. It's a new variant of the design that served as the basis for Japan's Butterfly J and the impressive Droid DNA for ...

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    "Shorten your topic list," they said. "The show won't run as long," they said. An hour and a half later, another lengthy episode of the Pocketnow Weekly podcast is ready for your listening enjoyment. And make no mistake: we could have talked for another 40 minutes at least. That's not because it's been a huge news week, but because our discussion topics are dense and detailed. Topics like phone reviews, new platforms, and 1080p screens. Subjects like GPS navigation, wide-angle smartphone cameras, and whether Google should become a wireless carrier. The merits and shortcomings of the Lumia ...

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    LG's Optimus G is a powerhouse of a phone. It's got a 1.5 Quad-core S4 Pro SoC with 2GB RAM on board. Today we learned of a new phone with almost identical specs: the HTC Droid DNA. There's one significant difference between the two phones: the number of pixels on the screen. The screen on the Optimus G is a little better than 720P HD at 1280x768, which is 983,040 total pixels.  HTC's Droid DNA has a 1080P HD screen (1920x1080) which equates to 2,073,600 pixels -- yes, well over two million pixels! Higher resolutions require significantly more calculations just to keep up. Compared to ...

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