Bloomberg reports that HTC has scrapped plans for aÂ large-screened Windows Phone 8 handset due to the OS not supporting 1080P screen resolution,
Characterising the move as Â blow to Microsoft, as only Android will be supporting the emerging form factor, they note thatÂ Â HTC concluded that a larger-screen Windows Phone 8 phone wouldnâ€™t be competitive against Android devices from HTC, Samsung and others.
HTC has just released the HTC Butterfly with full HD resolution and a 5 inch screen. The handset was initially released in Japan, then on Verizon, and will not be rolling out widely worldwide.
HTC was said to have a 4.7 inch’ed handset, the HTC Zenith, on its Windows Phone 8 roadmap, and it is not clear if the Zenith is the cancelled device in question.
Cheryl Chang, a Taipei-based spokeswoman for Microsoft and HTC both declined to comment on the rumour.
I am personally of the opinion that such a large screen should have an OS optimised for the form factor, rather than simply scaling up the existing phone UI to a larger size and resolution, suggesting Windows RT would be a much better operating system for such large handsets.
Do our readers agree that this is no big loss, but that Microsoft needs to make sure Windows RT support for sub-7 inch “phablets” with phone support comes rapidly? Let us know below.