Windows Phone 8’s GDR3 update is slated to bring support for 1080p resolution displays, and a leaked screenshot shows how the Live Tile interface on the OS’ homescreen will be affected as a result.
Leaked by master leakster evleaks, the screenshot is supposedly taken from the
Nokia Microsoft Lumia 1520 (codenamed Bandit), which will be the first phablet-class device running on Windows Phone 8 and a 1080p display. As expected, the Start screen can fit more shortcuts both vertically and horizontally, though there’s not expected to be any addition to the current small, medium, and large tile formats.
While the UI scales along with the increase in resolution, adding more tiles and shortcuts will have the disadvantage of making the Start screen look cluttered, especially once manufacturers start putting full HD displays on screens around 5-inches in size. But the customizability isn’t being taken away, so users will still be able to keep a barebones homescreen if they so desire.
The screenshot also reveals a new app called Storyteller, though that will probably be an addition by Nokia instead of Microsoft, but not much else. But still, it’s a good indication of how higher resolutions will affect one of the most important aspects of Windows Phone, and now it’s just a matter of when 1080p WP8 devices start appearing in the market.