Visual Studio 2013 Preview comes with a Windows Phone 8 emulator which can handle 1080p displays, strengthening the likelihood that Windows Phone devices will soon get full-HD screens.
An emulator allows developers to run a virtual instance of Windows Phone on their computer so that they can test how their app or game will look and perform. Justin Angel, who used to work for Microsoft and Nokia, has dug around the emulator files and found assets for full-HD resolutions.
— Justin Angel (@JustinAngel) July 1, 2013
Earlier versions of Visual Studio had an emulator for resolutions like WVGA (800 x 480), 720p (1280 x 720) and WXGA (1280 x 768), so for the latest build to have a 1080p emulator means that we are going to see full-HD devices soon on the Windows Phone platform. There have already been a bevy of handsets launched on Android this year with full-HD displays, so it makes sense that Microsoft is ready to make 1080p displays available on its ecosystem.
As Microsoft has just released the GDR2 update, it looks likely that 1080p displays will come only with the GDR3 update, which will be available to manufacturers by end of 2013. If that’s the case, we should see 5-inch full-HD devices running Windows Phone sometime next year. Already rumours are abound regarding a Lumia handset that comes with Snapdragon 800. Will be this be the first full-HD Windows Phone device? Guess we have to wait to find out.