HTC has backed away from plans to produce a large-screen Windows Phone 8 handset to be released early next year, citing the Microsoft platform's resolution limitations as the reason.
The possibility of offering the holy grail of a full HD 1080p resolution display has led to several Android phones emerging to swell the 5in-plus “phablet” market in recent months, with several more in the pipelines for early next year – including from HTC itself.
But, says an HTC insider not willing to be named, the fact that Windows Phone 8 support tops out at 720p means the company has decided the project is a non-starter.
It remains early days to see whether the public truly wants 1080p screens enough to sustain more than just a couple of niche devices on the market.
So far the Samsung Galaxy Note (and its successor) remains the only example of the breed that has been truly successful, and as is the case with Android phones in general, it's hard to see enough demand to support all the different devices now being aimed at the sector.
Remove the lure of 1080p and it makes the job even harder – the main reason why initial response to the rumoured Nokia “Juggernaut Semaphore” has been less than positive.
Given HTC's well-documented struggles with its Android division this year, its pair of Windows Phone 8 handsets – the 8X (pictured here) and the 8S – have been well received, though whether that translates into decent sales figures remains to be seen.
But we can't help but think leaving plus-size handsets to Android for the time being is the right move until Windows Phone can actually do the concept justice.