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RESOLUTION: Increased screen resolution for Windows Mobile devices
Posted by Arne Hess - on Tuesday, 28.10.03 - 12:03:13 CET under 01 - General News - Viewed 21814x
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Smartphone Thoughts is currently reporting from Microsoft’s Professional Developers Conference in the US and in the overview "Developing for Windows Mobile", James Pratt touched very briefly on something which will completely rule the Windows Mobile world: Microsoft will support new display capabilities for next generation Windows Mobile devices!

Pocket PCs will support VGA (640x480) resolutions in both landscape and portrait while Smartphones will enhanced to QVGA (320x240) in portrait:

The new Pocket PC resolutions (compared to the current one): 480 x 640 portrait and 640 x 480.

The new Smartphone resolution (compared to the current one): 320 x 240 in portrait.

Finally we see the long missing evolution in the screen resolution! It's late but never to late since even Palms supports a higher resolution on their PDAs and also Vodafone has recently released a Vodafone live! cell phone with 320 x 240 pixel. Therefore it was more then important that Microsoft reacted to the latest competitor developments!

In case you wonder what you will get from enhanced screen resolutions see the photo below which Nghia from PDA France recently sent me: it's the new Toshiba e800 (on the right) which already supports 480 x 640 pixel and see how Internet looks on it:

Way to go Microsoft - I wonder when we will see the first devices released, based on that new specifications.

Cheers ~ Arne

Related Links : [Smartphone Thoughts] [Microsoft PDC]


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Posted by Arne Hess on 28.10.03 - 17:22:40

I guess my hunch was just right... Microsoft is just getting ready for a real VGA resolution to upgrade its Quarter VGA resolution curretly available in PPCs.

I'm not surprised at all that the move towards 640x480 will be more of a standard... Nyditot with the right screen(external) does give a useful 640x480 mode and even goes beyond that to 800x600 and 1024x768.

But to give it as standard is one thing to increase a Pocket PC's useability.  And good landscape support should also be implemented...  Way to go Microsoft!

Mabuhay! ~ Carlo

Posted by Thomas O. on 28.10.03 - 20:57:43

Hi Arne,

that makes decissions even haeder betweent the xda II and a device tha suppots vga!

Do you know wether the other applicatins like for instance agenda fusion or pocket informat do support this res?

Will we see the device in Munich the next time too, like the xda last month??



Posted by Mohd on 29.10.03 - 08:24:48

Nyditot Virtual Display has been able to do large virtual screens but it is not as sharp as the Toshiba e800. With WM2004 its going to be really great, but hopefully MS will release it in the 2nd quarter of 2004 – at least - because there are some rumors that WM2004 will be released by the end of 2004!! That’s too long; I believe XDA II is the best choice for whoever wants to buy now!

Posted by agu on 29.10.03 - 08:26:21

i'm looking forward to this development. to think i just got my h1940 a month ago..argh! at any rate, i shall wait for the 1st or 2nd generation of these new devices (if i can). hopefully developers will also adopt the "new standard"

Posted by Arne Hess on 29.10.03 - 09:44:19

@Mohd: NYDITOT may not be as sharp on the native Screen but it is supposed to show nicely with certain external displays like goggles, VRD, monitors or projectors.  I know NYDITOT is supposed to have a plug-in to do this.

@agu: Not all devices will be in 480x640 mode... they may be there but they may continue support for standard QVGA(240x320) and square formats(?)

Mabuhay! ~ Carlo

Posted by Arne Hess on 29.10.03 - 11:09:37

@Mohd: I agree with you. We will see it with "WM 2004" in the mass market, not before so waiting for the release of that kind of devices is like we are in 2004 and have to wait for "WM 2005" because it will support then - free voice calls.

You can always wait to get something better in one or 2 years but it's not in the Pocket PC/Smartphone business only but also in the Audio/Video, car, etc. industry.

@Carlo: True, Nyditot does a good job, no complains but for sure it can't be that good as it will be if it is build-in natively and supported by sharper displays.

And - honestly - I don't care if it does a good job with video projectors, external displays or even goggles since I used to use my devices mostly without that... Who wants to use a video projector if you want to make a call with your Smartphone only... ;-)

Posted by Arne Hess on 29.10.03 - 14:21:56

@Arne: True... but I'm sure it would be cool when things go totally wearable too.  Maybe I'm just dreaming... but I'd really love to get one of those VRD type devices which clips on to regular glasses and are not obtrusive. If they can create a wireless version of it... then it would be really wonderful. 

But of course nothing can beat a built-in 640x480 display on a Pocket PC... well, maybe an 800x600 or a 1024x768 in the future (still dreaming)... the improvements at that point isn't the amount of data you can squeeze into the small screen but the sharpness and crispness of the images.

Mabuhay! ~ Carlo

Posted by adeel on 30.10.03 - 18:09:43

i-mate smartphone is really wonderful device but the only thing is missing is blutooth in it so what we can do 4 it to have bluetooth in i-mate smatrphone and also where i can find entertainment software plz reply me im the new user thanx


Posted by Maz on 04.01.04 - 14:03:12

ok...very interesting..but the bottom line there a software that can change the resolution of an XDA II or i-Mate Pocket PC or Qtec 2020 to a 640x480 or something else without totally ruining the machine? Also can the screen be switched to landscape view. I need to play flash presentations and browse the web in that format.


Posted by Arne Hess on 04.01.04 - 14:22:46

Yes, there is a software which can do it SW-wise! However, keep in mind - everything which is doing it by software can not be that good as you do it hardware wise!

The software is called Nyditot and can be downloaded here:

Posted by Ivan Lesmana on 12.01.04 - 18:19:13

Hi guys! I've just received Toshiba e800 today, but I found that that when it's in VGA screen resolution, there's only ClearVue program! None of other programs I've installed exist, only in standard res (240x320 screen)! Am I missing something here??

Warm regards from Indonesia,

~Ivan Lesmana

Posted by SirOops on 30.10.04 - 16:40:03

The Toshiba e800 is clearly ahead of its time. The supplied image even shows by how much: 31 minutes. smile

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