Windows Phone 8 update to bring support for quad-core and 1080p displays

According to a report published by the Verge, Microsoft will release an update to Windows Phone 8 that will bring both support for full HD displays (1,920 x 1,080 pixels) and quad-core application processors, but only for next generation smartphones (those that will launch later this year). By which time, Android super phones will have at least a six-month lead on Windows Phone 8.

At the moment, the current version of WP8 supports neither which is a disadvantage at least when it comes to marketing, something which the General Distribution Release 3 (GDR3) will take care of.

Obviously, support for quad-core processors will only apply to Qualcomm’s Snapdragon range, the 600 and 800 models which were announced earlier this year at CES.

Microsoft is very strict with regards to what kind of hardware can run Windows Phone 8 and it is interesting to see that the company is sticking to Qualcomm rather than opening the platform to other manufacturers like Nvidia or Mediatek.

Still, that hasn’t prevented Windows Phone 8, like the Nokia Lumia 520 or the Huawei Ascend W1, to cost less than comparable Android handsets.