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Microsoft will release a Windows Phone 8 update this year

Will add support for quad-core processors and HD 1080p screens
Tue Apr 09 2013, 16:03

SOFTWARE HOUSE Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 mobile operating system will soon appear on quad-core devices with 1080p HD displays, thanks to an upcoming software update.

That's according to The Verge, which has heard from "sources familar with Microsoft's plans" that the firm will issue a major Windows Phone 8 update this year.

This update, known currently as General Distribution Realise Three (GDR3) for Windows Phone 8 supposedly will include support for devices with 5in-plus displays and HD 1080p screen resolutions. Windows Phone 8 presently supports only up to HD 720p screen resolutions.

The unnamed sources have also let slip that the upcoming update will also have support for a new Qualcomm processor, allowing Nokia and HTC to use quad-core Snapdragon chips in their devices. If this is true, this update will finally see Windows Phone 8 devices matching the Android powered Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One on paper, which might help Microsoft shift more devices.

This Windows Phone 8 update could make its debut on the mooted HTC Zenith, which The Verge reports was canned last year due to Windows Phone's lack of support for high screen resolutions. If speculation is to be believed, this device will feature a 4.7in HD 1080p touchscreen, and if this latest leak is anything to go by, probably a quad-core processor too.

There's no schedule for the update yet, but The Verge reports that it will roll out at some point this year, ahead of Microsoft's Blue Windows Phone update tipped to arrive in 2014.

Microsoft was not immediately available for comment. µ


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