Windows Phone 8: Multiple Screen Resolutions
Published on Monday, December 3, 2012 4:40:10 PM UTC in Programming
Microsoft has always been quite strict on hardware specifications for Windows Phone devices. This has both advantages as well as some drawbacks. For example, to developers this means that they don't have to worry as much about what features are available on devices and which ones aren't, something that is a lot more annoying to deal with on other platforms like Android. On the other hand, strict specifications also limit the possibilities of hardware vendors to divert and the options of customers to choose between e.g. high-end and low-end devices.
One of the details of these specifications is screen resolutions. All Windows Phone 7.x devices on the market have the same resolution of WVGA, which is 480 by 800 pixels. Initially there was a planned additional resolution of 320 by 480 (HVGA)  to support lower end devices, but no such devices or even platform updates with support for this ever showed up. Practically, we faced a very homogenious environment in that context, with a single resolution to target. In Windows Phone 8 however, the supported screen resolutions are extended to some additional high-end options. In this part of the series, we will take a look at this in detail and see how it will affect developers. The full article can be found on SilverlightShow: