HTC to release three Windows Phone 8 devices this year, codenamed Zenith, Accord, and Rio
After we found out about Huawei’s Windows Phone 8-related plans earlier, now HTC’s roadmap has been leaked. The Taiwanese company will bring not one, not two, but three WP8 devices to the market this year.
And if that sort of seems familiar with what the same company did with its One line of Android smartphones, know that the similarities don’t end at the number of phones. The specs are pretty close to those of HTC’s top three Android devices at the moment. Clearly, the company thinks that three main smartphones are going to serve it well with both operating systems.
The HTC Rio (just a codename, as are the others) will be the ‘entry-level’ offering, the One V if you will. It will come with a 4-inch 480×800 touchscreen, a 5 MP camera with 720p video recording, 14.4 Mbps HSDPA, 512 MB of RAM, and a 1 GHz dual-core Qualcomm MSM7227 Snapdragon S4 processor.
The ‘midranger’ (read: One S) is codenamed Accord, and it will come with a 4.3-inch 720p Super LCD 2 touchscreen, an 8 MP camera with 1080p video capture, 1 GB of RAM, 42 Mbps HSPA+, NFC support, and a better processor (possibly the MSM8260A Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, which is a dual-core unit that can be clocked at 1.5 or 1.7 GHz – this might change, however).
Finally, the flagship device akin to the One X in the Android world is codenamed Zenith. It will have a 4.7-inch 720p Super LCD 2 touchscreen, the same 8 MP camera as the Accord (just like the One X and the One S have the same unit), also 42 Mbps HSPA+, and an unknown quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor.
All three smartphones will arrive in 2012. The Rio and the Accord will hit the streets in October, while the Zenith will do so later on before the end of the year. Of course, these are tentative time frames for now, so they may change.
Also, the aforementioned devices seem like they’re global versions, and HTC may work with some US carriers on customized variants tailor-made for them. We don’t have any details on that yet, but stay tuned. The info is bound to come out sooner rather than later, especially at this rate of leakage. Also expect to hear something about Nokia and Samsung’s plans for WP8 in the near future. We’ll keep you posted, as always.
Via The Verge