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

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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.

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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 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 much longer.

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On the wonkier side of things, you're looking at increased Java and HTML5 support, which will hopefully help Internet Explorer from being quite as pokey as it has been.

Overall, it's a lot of keeping up with the Joneses; Microsoft's not leapfrogging anybody here. But if you're a Windows Phone fan, just catching up is improvement enough.

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planetarian
planetarian

Java or JavaScript?

...Seriously, the former just sounds totally wonky here.