Microsoft revealed that the Windows 8.1 operating system will support in terms of scaling ultra-high resolutions on tablets measuring 7 inches, 7.5 inches, and 10.6 inches diagonally. The announcement came indirectly during a session on creating apps for various screen sizes during the Microsoft Build developer conference.
One 7-inch tablet in Microsoft’s developer tools list has a resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels and an aspect ratio of 16:10. Another tablet, measuring 7.5 inches has a resolution of 1440 x 1080 pixels and a 4:3 aspect ratio. There is also a 10.6-inch tablet with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels, apart from one bearing a 1920 x 1080 pixel resolition, which is the resolution of the Microsoft Surface Pro tablet.
It is worth noting that tablets measuring 10.6 inches are not common. Other companies would more often opt to release 11.6- and 13.3-inch tablets, as well as other display sizes. Microsoft, however, does make a tablet with such size. Thus, the inclusion of the super high-resolution 10.6-inch tablet in the list could hint at an upcoming Surface tablet. On the other hand, it is also possible that Microsoft is simply preparing for another company that might be releasing a device with such display size.
The Verge notes, however, that even in Microsoft’s Windows 8 developer tools, one would find support for 10.6-inch displays that have a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels, as well.
Meanwhile, the addition of support for ultra-high resolution 7 and 7.5-inch displays could imply that Microsoft expects OEMs to introduce devices with such panels in the future.
Would you be interested in a small Windows 8.1 tablet with ultra-high resolution?