But if it turns out to be true, it would be a bit of an earthquake.
MediaTek CPUs are mainly used by Chinese companies. As far as I know, there’s never been a world-class company using that chip in a consumer product. This could be the beginning of a huge change in future hardware.
With the revelation that Windows 8 intends to support a resolution of 1024 x 768 — basically what Apple gave us with the iPad 1 and 2 and the iPad Mini — it’s clear that the future of Barnes & Noble’s Nook Media is with Windows RT, not Android.
If you’ve been thinking about buying a color Nook device, don’t waste your money.
If you already have a color Nook device and have been thinking of loading up on apps from the Nook App Store, don’t waste your money.
The new guidelines relax the minimum resolution for Windows 8 devices to 1024 x 768 at a depth of 32 bits. That’s a significant change from the current guidelines, which require a minimum resolution of 1366 x 768 for a device to be certified with the Windows 8 logo.
It is beyond my technical capabilities to comment on whether or not that will wreak havoc on devs.
But it’s not beyond my capabilities to comment on this:
The lower resolution would disable snap, a feature that allows two Windows Store apps to be viewed simultaneously side by side. To avoid potential consumer disappointment, OEMs need to disclose the loss of snap.