Microsoft and HTC dreaming of a Galaxy Note-style WinPho device?

Microsoft and HTC dreaming of a Galaxy Note-style WinPho device?Taiwanese manufacturer HTC (quietly desperate) has been on board the WinPho train since day one, with Mango-flavoured goodies including the HTC 7 Mozart and HTC 7 Pro.

More recently, we met the Windows Phone 8-fuelled HTC 8X and HTC 8S, and now we’re being told that a WinPho phablet in the style of the Samsung Galaxy Note is being discussed by the bigwigs.

Before you get too excited, it was only a few days ago that we were told not to expect a 5in Windows Phone device from HTC any time soon, on account of WinPho hardware limitations.

The latest rumour, relayed by Bloomberg, acknowledges said hardware limitations, but suggests that they were high on the agenda in recent meetings between Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer and HTC’s Peter Chou.

Windows Phone 8’s maximum screen resolution is 1280 x 768, hence HTC scrapping plans for a 5in WinPho device at present, but it sounds like that’s the dream as far as Chou is concerned.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has certainly shown that there's a market for large-screened devices, with five million units sold in two months.

In the meantime, HTC has fired out the Android-based 5in 1080p HTC Butterfly (or Droid DNA or whatever the heck you want to call it). Sounds great, but still no official word on a UK release.

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Pondlife  Dec. 20, 2012 at 12:37

Don't see why that resolution would stop them putting out a larger phone. That's slightly more than the Note 2 resolution anyway...

matt101101 / MOD  Dec. 20, 2012 at 14:49

Don't see why that resolution would stop them putting out a larger phone. That's slightly more than the Note 2 resolution anyway...
True, and the N2 screen looks great. It's nicer than the S3 display because it's RGB not PenTile. I don't see the maximum resolution of WP8 devices being a problem for anything sub-6".

Pondlife  Dec. 20, 2012 at 14:52

Besides it's not like the tiles need a higher resolution.

matt101101 / MOD  Dec. 20, 2012 at 15:13

Also, the max. res. of WP8 devices is almost exactly the same as the res. of the Nexus 7, which has a perfectly usable display, the PPI is almost identical to that of the Galaxy S2, which was hailed as having one of the best mobile displays in the world in mid-2011.

Pondlife  Dec. 20, 2012 at 15:24

Oh Lewis, *sigh*

matt101101 / MOD  Dec. 20, 2012 at 15:28

Oh Lewis, *sigh*
What we bullying Lewis for now :p?

Pondlife  Dec. 20, 2012 at 15:49

Well for saying you couldn't have a wp8 htc version of the Note 2 as it could only have a screen of higher resolution...
Besides do we need a reason? ;)
And I'm kind of sulking about n4 being slightly too big...

JanSt / MOD  Dec. 20, 2012 at 18:14

Pondlife, did you buy an N4???????????

Pondlife  Dec. 20, 2012 at 18:21

Yes

lcurdie / MOD  Dec. 20, 2012 at 23:41

Oh Lewis, *sigh*

Haha! Don't blame me, I'm just relaying the news :p

You're right enough though. A 5in display with a resolution of 1280 x 768 is almost 300 DPI.

And the Samsung ATIV S is 4.8in yet we're supposed to be believe a 5in smartphone is an impossible dream? Bizarre-o.

matt101101 / MOD  Dec. 20, 2012 at 23:49

Oh Lewis, *sigh*

Haha! Don't blame me, I'm just relaying the news :p

You're right enough though. A 5in display with a resolution of 1280 x 768 is almost 300 DPI.

And the Samsung ATIV S is 4.8in yet we're supposed to be believe a 5in smartphone is an impossible dream? Bizarre-o.

And the ATIV is PenTile (since it uses an S3 display).

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