According to recent rumors, Windows 8 hardware certification guidelines insinuate that Microsoft could be gearing up to release a new “Windows Reader”. The device is anticipated to be smaller, and it appears in competition with other portable devices such as the Apple’s iPad mini.
The company has been rumored to be at work on a so-called “Windows Reader” for some time. However, although, it appears that the new guidelines are effective immediately, it is likely that any new devices that use this form factor will ship along with the forthcoming Windows Blue update.
In accordance with Microsoft, the debut of such a device does not mean that the company’s plan is to stimulate partners to use a lower screen resolution on a regular base, suggesting, in fact, that adopting the higher resolution screens would make a stunning Windows experience.
The new rules allowed by Windows 8 hardware certification suggests the debut of a device with screen resolutions of 1,024 by 768 pixels at a depth of 32 bits. The new resolution accepted for Windows 8 devices happens to be matching the display of Apple’s iPad mini, as the iPad also sports a 1,024-by-768-pixel 7.9-inch screen. In addition, the iPad 2, which Apple also continues to sell, features the same resolution on a larger 9.7-inch display, giving it a lower pixel density. The new resolutions would allow manufacturers to introduce devices that are in line, not only with the iPad mini, but also with the resolutions of the Kindle Fire HD and Google Nexus 7 (both 1280 x 800).
The idea of an inexpensive 7-inch Surface-branded Reader, running at a resolution of 1024 x 768 is indeed intriguing, especially because it would not be just for e-books. The Reader is expected to come also with the ability to run the Amazon Kindle app and access the massive Xbox music, video, and games platform, features that will instantly make it useful as an entertainment device.
While Microsoft looks to lower resolutions, Apple is expected to boost the iPad mini to a Retina-caliber display with a second-generation model, by the end of this year. However, there have been suggestions stating that doubling the iPad mini’s resolution on its small 7.9-inch display may be too difficult a feat to accomplish in such a short time. Therefore, there are predications stating that that Apple’s next iPad mini is not likely to sport a high-resolution Retina display.