HTC will unveil three Windows Phone 8 devices in the near future. That’s what we’ve heard twice already, and so far we see no reason to doubt these claims.
One of those three phones (alongside the Zenith and the Rio) will be the HTC Accord. Keep in mind that all of these are just codenames at this point – the handsets will be called something different when they become official.
According to previous leaks, the Accord is supposed to be the ‘midranger’ out of HTC’s three WP8 musketeers, akin to the One S in the One series of Android smartphones.
The render you see above comes from an XDA Developers member’s Twitter account, and The Verge confirmed it to be from an HTC ROM. Meaning it’s pretty much as close to official as a leak can be. And don’t worry – despite the fact that the Accord is shown running Windows Phone 7, it will launch with WP8 on board. The render may have been created before the WP8 details went public.
As for specs, the Accord should come with a dual-core 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, a 4.3-inch 720p HD Super LCD 2 touchscreen, an 8 MP rear camera with 1080p Full HD video recording, 8 or 16 GB of built-in storage, microSD slot, and NFC support.
The Accord’s design looks intriguingly Nokia-like, especially because it’s sporting that bold color, one that hasn’t been before seen in the Taiwanese company’s offerings. In fact, HTC is known for sticking with the traditional hues (black, white, silver), so this would be quite a departure for the company in terms of design. But perhaps it’s something that needed to be done in order to boost HTC’s standing in the smartphone world. We’ll have to wait and see.
The Accord (and maybe the Rio too) may get unveiled in the third week of September, making the month that starts tomorrow one of the most announcement-packed of this year so far.
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