Smartphone Thoughts is currently reporting from Microsoftâ€™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
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