Research In Motion (RIM) has confirmed that future touchscreen-only smartphones powered by the upcoming BlackBerry 10 OS will feature a native 720p HD resolution.
BlackBerry handsets sporting a QWERTY keyboard, meanwhile, will boast a standard 720 x 720 resolution, which suggests displays that are exactly square-shaped.
The move to standardise resolution across RIM devices comes after members of the BlackBerry developer community complained of having to create applications for too many resolutions.
It could also help to prevent fragmentation, which has long been source of frustration for Android devs and users alike.
However, the first consumer handset running BB10 will sport 1024 x 768 resolution, which will remain unchanged. So developers will need to make adjustments to their apps for subsequent handsets.
To make life easier, RIM has suggested “letter boxing” apps by leaving 24 pixels of black space on either side, which should then take care of itself automatically when the new resolution comes into effect.
BB10 is expected to do away with the archaic approach of past iterations with a more intuitive touchscreen-friendly interface similar to Android and iOS.
Alas, the first BB10 smartphone won’t land until early next year. This means it will have both a new iPhone and the upcoming Windows Phone 8 handsets from Nokia to contend with.