It looks like the old HTC HD2 (released back in 2009) can run the new Windows Phone 8.
For those who are not familiar with the HD2, this has the specs of an entry-level smartphone from today (4.3 inch WVGA display, single-core 1GHz Qualcomm processor, Adreno 200 graphics, and 448 MB of RAM). Originally, it ran Windows Mobile 6.5, but various OSes have been ported to it – including WP 7, WP 7.5, and even Android. And now, as mentioned above, it also got a taste of Windows Phone 8.
Dark Force Team (a mod tea from China) managed to port WP8 to the HTC HD2 (T-Mobile edition), posting some photos as proof. Unfortunately, they don’t provide any other details for now, so it’s not at all clear if anyone will have access to the WP8 build that can be hacked onto the old HTC smartphone. But at least we know this can be done, somehow.
As long as official updates go, no Windows Phone 7 (or 7.5) handset will get WP8. Most of them will be updated to Windows Phone 7.8, though, which includes some Windows Phone 8 featured – like the new Starts screen, and resizable Live tiles. Microsoft said that WP 7.8 updates should arrive starting early 2013, alongside brand new devices that run this version of Windows.
Via WP Central
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