Windows Phone 8 release may bring radical form factors

By Posted 6 Feb 2012, 12:38

Microsoft will be aware it has a fight on its hands to win market share away from both the iPhone and Android platforms. This doesn’t mean it won’t be successful as better handsets become available and the company also improves the actual operating system. Today we have news that the Windows Phone 8 release may bring radical form factors to the platform.

We recently heard some of the features that the Windows Phone 8 OS will bring, and now according to a report on TechRadar a recently leaked video may have outed four new designs coming to the platform. The video in question hints at new screen resolutions but doesn’t go into details about the size of them.

But the General Manager of the Windows Phone Design Studio, Albert Shum, showed the site a slide at Nokia World where today’s Windows Phone becomes just one of six devices. He said the company were still working on the project but added that you want an ecosystem that offers “diversity”.

Putting the Windows Phone OS alongside those of tablets and PCs will according to Shum allow the ecosystem to “really live and breathe“. So this could mean that there could be larger device available besides a tablet. The slide showed a variety of screen sizes with the biggest being a 5-inch tablet.

HTC already has two Windows phone handsets that feature 4.7-inch displays, but the 480 x 800 resolution isn’t really enough to make the most of the screen. But adding a higher resolution on larger displays will allow the Apollo OS to compete with larger screen devices such as the Kindle Fire and Galaxy Note.

The other three designs point to a smaller handset that will enable cheaper devices in emerging markets, and two devices have squarer displays. One has a facing keyboard that will appeal to business users, and the other is a smaller device.

It seems that there could be a screen that is just slightly bigger than 1-inch, which could provide a Windows Phone equivalent to the iPod nano. It has been reported before that the Windows 8 platform is set to share information across three of Microsoft’s products, and by offering a diverse range of products will appeal to the consumer even more.

Will you consider the Windows Phone 8 platform once it’s available?