Next Windows Phone release to add support for 1080p displays and quad-core processors

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We’ve heard a little bit about the next Windows Phone release, known as general distribution release or GDR2, but what about after that? According to sources familiar with the situation at The Verge GDR3 will bring some major display improvements. Currently Windows Phone 8 supports WVGA, WXGA, and 720p resolutions, but with GDR3 they will crank it all the way up to 1080p for 5-inch and higher devices.

There has been rumblings about Windows Phone getting a “phablet” device like the Galaxy Note. 1080p screen resolution would be a big step in making that a reality. HTC had originally planned to launch a 4.7-inch device for Windows Phone 8, but decided against it since the screen resolution would be lower than their Android devices. That could explain why no one has really made a monster Windows Phone device.

The Verge is also reporting that GDR3 will add support for new Qualcomm processors. Along with the 1080p support this opens the door for OEMs to create quad-core beasts with awesome displays. Windows Phone 8 brought some really nice high end devices to market, but it sounds like GDR3 could take it to the next level.


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