Support for multi-core chipsets, a range of three screen resolutions (800 x 480, 1280 x 768, and 1280 x 720), and removable MicroSD.
Native game development based on DirectX for “killer games” and big, beautiful, powerful apps with platform and drivers in common between the Windows 8 desktop and Windows Phone 8.
Better support for native NFC — not just on the phone, but also between phones and laptops, tablets, and other PCs.
Wallet: Windows Phone 8’s new digital Wallet feature does two great things. It can keep debit and credit cards, coupons, boarding passes, and other important info right at your fingertips. And when paired with a secure SIM from your carrier, you can also pay for things with a tap of your phone at compatible checkout counters.“The most complete wallet experience on any smartphone this fall,” including credit and debit cards, loyalty and membership cards, deals and coupons, and NFC tap-to-pay features.
Nokia mapping technology, with NAVTEQ data, offline support, map control for developers, and turn-by-turn directions.
“Windows Phone 8 for Business” ready to go for BYOD use in the enterprise: encryption and secure booting, LOB app deployment, device management, and familiar Microsoft business apps like Office.
An all-new start screen, featuring the Metro-style, customizable tiles with real-time updates from calendars, inboxes, social media, gaming networks, sports data, and images from around the web and within the device. With the new live tiles, you can set the apps, tile size, number of tiles, and more. You can even assign tiles to individuals to keep track of the most important people in your life.
Microsoft is good at two things, enterprise and gaming. Windows Phone 8 could potentially power the hardcore gamer’s perfect phone.
Microsoft Office to keep you updated in your work.
Better security: Windows Phone 8 supports the United Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) secure boot protocol and features improved app “sandboxing,” so the phone is better protected from malware with multiple layers of security.
Remote management: With Windows Phone 8, IT departments can manage apps and phones remotely, with tools similar to ones they now employ for Windows PCs.
Company Hub and apps: Companies can create their own Windows Phone 8 Hub for custom employee apps and other critical business info.
Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 will share common networking, security, media and web browser technology, and a common file system. That translates into better performance, more features, and new opportunities for app developers and hardware makers to innovate faster.Devs will be able to write apps natively in C and C++. This and the ties to the desktop will make mobile development easier for developers already familiar with Windows.
If you currently own a Windows Phone 7.5 handset, Microsoft is planning to release an update with the new Windows Phone 8 Start screen calling it “Windows Phone 7.8.”
“Will we also get Windows Phone 8 as an update?” The answer, unfortunately, is no.
Windows Phone 8 is a generation shift in technology, which means that it will not run on existing hardware.
Windows Phone 8 will support a total of 50 languages.
The first wave of devices for Windows Phone 8 will come from Nokia, Huawei, Samsung, and HTC, all built on next-generation chips from Qualcomm.Coming this Fall.