Windows Phone 8 Gets a Spec Bump: Dual-Core, 720p, SD Storage Ahead

By Brian Barrett on at

The first major announcement out of Microsoft's Windows Phone Summit? A much-needed spec bump for the platform, which now supports dual-core processors, 720p displays, and SD storage solutions. Finally, a grown-up operating system gets grown-up guts.

The supported resolutions now include WVGA, WXVGA, and true 720p, and the platform will support quad-core processors as well. In fact, there's support for up to 64 cores, which is not at all helpful for this year's handsets but is still a nice little bragging point. SD card expansion is a welcome addition, too; while Apple's ignored it so far, it's too popular a feature on Android for Microsoft to have ignored it much longer.