We’ve reported recently that 1080p full HD resolution displays will be coming to the next major Windows Phone OS update, also known as GDR3, and now we are hearing that the same update may allow manufacturers to create larger Windows Phone devices. The latest software tweaks will enable Microsoft and its OEM hardware partners to create phablets and smaller tablets.
ZDNet‘s Mary Jo Foley writes that “Microsoft will enable mini Surfaces and maxi Win Phones,” referring to recently leaked information that Microsoft is seriously considering a 7-inch Surface tablet for its second-generation tablet lineup.
With Windows Phone Blue, Microsoft is rethinking its entire strategy and self-imposed limitations on the platforms it builds. On Windows Phone 7, Microsoft had limited the screen sizes of devices to around 4 inches, which meant hardware partners who wanted to build a tablet would have to look to Windows 7. On Windows Phone 8, the maximum resolution of 720p for HD displays meant that manufacturers like HTC shelved their bigger screen efforts for smartphones as 1080p wasn’t supported.