Windows Phone 8 1080p leak reveals only slight improvements

Leaked photos have revealed what the next Windows Phone 8 update will look like on larger screened devices with little changing on the first version to support 1080p Full HD.

The new image, revealed on the Evleaks Twitter account, shows an extra column on the right hand side of the Live Tile UI as well as extra room for rows of pinned apps for the 1080p version of the OS.

To the naked eye the update doesn’t look groundbreaking and the up-scaled version sticks to the same routine as past versions with the small, medium and large tiles Windows Phone users are accustomed to. The screenshots suggest the additional wide format that is being included in Windows 8.1 won’t be included in the Windows Phone update.

One of the new inclusions in the Windows Phone 8 1080p update is the Storyteller application that is shown in the screenshot. No other details about the new app have yet been revealed and the images would suggest that it has something to do with the camera capabilities that come with the devices.

The new version of the OS could debut on Microsoft-owned Nokia’s first phablet that is expected to arrive at a launch event in New York City on 26 September.

Nokia’s Lumia 1520 phablet could ship with a 6in 1080p Full HD display and be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz. The device is rumoured to have a 20-megapixel PureView camera and a polycarbonate body as opposed to one made from metal.

The Finnish company, which produces a number of devices that run the Windows Phone OS, sold their mobile arm to Microsoft for £3.2 billion earlier today and it’s a move that will be closely scrutinised by anyone watching the smartphone industry.

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