HTC's new Windows Phone to come in the fall, reaffirms commitment to Windows Phone

After being the subject of rumors floating around last week, HTC once again appears to be reaffirming its commitment to Windows Phone as trusted sources have confirmed that the HTC One Windows Phone variant is coming, and due to be unveiled this fall.

The specs include:

  •  4.7 inch 1080p Super LCD 3 screen
  •  Beats audio
  •  2GB of RAM
  •  32GB of memory (unlike the 16GB used for the 8X)

As it comes with GDR3, it will undoubtedly use a higher power chip-set than current Windows Phone flagship models as well as long overdue feature updates like rotation lock,  new tile UI and possibly a notification center.

While actions speak louder than words, sometimes words help to clarify the actions, the HTC senior Global Communications Manager told Mary Jo Foley via Twitter that the company was still committed to Windows Phone, and that recent rumors of them moving way to Android were in fact just rumors.

HTC will however have to move fast in the Windows Phone market to avoid being trampled by both Nokia as Samsung as both companies gear up to reveal new products this fall. Nokia with its Rivendale rumored phablet, and Samsung with its mysterious SGH-I187 Windows Phone.

Source: Windows Phone Blogging

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Get your facts right, Nokia's upcoming phablet was never called "Riverdale". It's either "Bandit" or "Beastie" (AT&T). Or Lumia 1520. Why are you guys (Neowin) so obsessed with the Rivendale codename?

HTC will do anything right now to stay relevant. It is interesting that they think Windows Phone may be the way to go.

neonspark said,
....

After seeing the reviews of

iPhone5 vs 1020
Galaxy S4 Zoom vs 1020
Nokia 808 vs 1020

I can honestly say that more work needs to be done for me to expect the 1030 to be the best camera phone. In each of those comparisons, the other models had something unique and compelling to offer, which could skew the purchaser's decision to a 'subpar' product.

Considering we're only 3 weeks away from iPhone 5S announcement, we'll see. I do like how Nokia slapped the industry in the face first with the n808, now the Lumia 1020.

Means that vendors will maybe settle on the software gimmicks and put out new innovative hardware.

Looks good. Long as it has NFC and wireless charging, I'll FINALLY be willing to upgrade my HTC Titan II that's running WP7.8 I have a Nokia 920 for work and I can't believe how many things suck on it compared to the HTC, mostly the shape/grip and the touch screen, it just blows. Save me HTC!

92GTA said,
... Nokia 920 for work and I can't believe how many things suck on it compared to the HTC, mostly the shape/grip and the touch screen ...

Really? I find the super sensitive (I leave it on) touch screen on the 920 is fantastic.

deadonthefloor said,

Really? I find the super sensitive (I leave it on) touch screen on the 920 is fantastic.

I think it blows. If I have the screen on and I go to wipe it on my shirt to get some fingerprints off really quick, it actually reacts and starts doing all kinds of crap like a phone from 10yrs ago. HTC has it right, it only responds to skin touch as it should.

I'm excited to see what HTC brings with their new phones. I'm actually really excited to see all of the new hardware coming with GDR3. It will bring WP to a new level of performance hardware wise.

You can't actually be that naive to expect journalistic integrity on an internet forum, can you? This is a water cooler site. The writers throw all kinds of crazy things out there. Whether any of it is true is beside the point. Neowin is for entertainment, not for hard news, imho.

Edited by COKid, Aug 19 2013, 2:29pm :

Well we did report it as a rumor, s well as "Of course this coming via Digitimes deserves to be taken with a fistful of salt. Plus it goes against earlier credible reports that suggest HTC is working on a One version for Windows Phone"

No matter how good the phone hardware is, from what I hear HTC doesn't push through software updates... so I doubt I'd buy one. Most of us keep our phones for two years, so software updates are important.

im more than happy to see them reaffirming their commitment to windowsphone they have long history with microsoft and i like their designs

Well if all they do is slap in updated hardware and don't make any effort to differentiate like Nokia is doing I don't see their position improving. Both Nokia and Samsung will have devices with similar specs so just pushing a handset out there and completely ignoring the handset with no promotion or innovative features (no, beats doesn't count) will just see HTC stuck in the same position.

Just thinking of the inevitable updated Lumia 1020 successor makes the mouth water....

efjay said,
Just thinking of the inevitable updated Lumia 1020 successor makes the mouth water....

Yeah, the 1025 for verizon, now with realistic colours.

MorganX said,
Hopefully it will be the ONE.

Specs sound similar but it would require a bit of a redesign to accommodate the physical buttons required for WP8

As long as they stick to updating the 8X and 8S like Nokia does, maybe bring out some more apps like both Nokia and now Samsung have, then HTC will do better. So far their WP devices don't have much backing on the software side. My unlocked (though T-Mobile branded, cuz it was an import from Germany) 8X hasn't gotten GDR2 yet.

Gungel said,
HTC should try to get a license for Nokias Here Apps so they can include them with there phones as well.
Almost all of the Here Apps (including maps and drive) are available free of charge in most markets to all windows phones. HTC could already include them if they wanted to.

mog0 said,
Almost all of the Here Apps (including maps and drive) are available free of charge in most markets to all windows phones. HTC could already include them if they wanted to.

While this is true that's not really what I had in mind, just recently Samsung released a number of their own apps that do things you don't find on HTC or Nokia phones iirc. HTC should try to counter with something new that they can offer that the other two makers don't have on their devices. Maps/navigation is pretty much Nokias playground and even Samsung didn't go that way, instead Samsung released some media related apps but I forget the details since I have an 8X and can't use them anyways.

HTC should look into that more, not just copy the others with software as well.

mog0 said,
Almost all of the Here Apps (including maps and drive) are available free of charge in most markets to all windows phones. HTC could already include them if they wanted to.

Just because something is a free download does not mean another vendor has the ability to redistribute it. They would still need to get permission and chances are, they would not get it for free.

sphbecker said,

Just because something is a free download does not mean another vendor has the ability to redistribute it. They would still need to get permission and chances are, they would not get it for free.

When announcing that the apps would be available to users of other manufacturers they did also state that they were offering them to other manufacturers to include for free. There may be some sneaky way they end up charging but it is in Nokia's interests to expand the whole Windows phone ecosystem and they have stated that this is their aim.