SAN FRANCISCO—Microsoft Corp.’s Windows Phone devices will likely not run dual-core processors or boast 720p Retina display-like screens until late 2012, according to a leaked roadmap.
The roadmap, published by the oft accurate MS_Nerd, author of a Microsoft whistleblowing blog, says the firm won’t be releasing “Apollo” – the codename for Windows Phone 8 (WP8)– or its associated advanced hardware until late 2012.
WP8 will be launched on devices sporting a chassis 3, which makes room for dual-core processors and improved HD screens, though by the end of 2012, those hardware features will be a full year behind devices emerging into the market over the next few months.
The current version of Windows Phone 7.5, or Mango, uses a chassis 1.5 (with a recently added front-facing camera), while the Tango update due out in early 2012 –possibly in time for CES—will sport a chassis 2 spec with added 4G LTE support.
Chassis 2 is also rumored to support 480x320 resolution, which would allow for the WP platform’s first non-portrait ratio device in a style similar to BlackBerry phones.
Apollo will purportedly sport 1280x720 resolution, which Samsung already has on its Galaxy S II HD.
MS_Nerd also claims support for Nvidia Tegra and TI OMAP chips won’t be available on the platform until the release of Windows Phone 9 in 2013.
Windows Phone SKUs are restricted heavily by Microsoft’s chassis guidelines, implemented by the firm in order to avoid the type of fragmentation seen between Android devices. While a more uniform chassis ensures Microsoft can push out operating system updates quicker to devices, it also has the unfortunate downside of lagging behind its competition in terms of hardware specs.