New rumors of upcoming HTC Windows Phone 8.1 device pop up

HTC has claimed in the past few months it has new Windows Phone devices in the works, but so far the company has been silent on specifics. Late on Friday, the reliable Internet news rumor source "evleaks" offered up a small nugget of information about HTC's next phone with Microsoft's mobile OS.

In a Twitter post, evleaks claims that the phone itself will have an unusual name, the HTC W8#WL. He also says it will be a "Windows Phone 8.1 flagship" that will be released via Verizon Wireless. Unfortunately, his post offered up no further details.

The last such rumor about HTC and Windows Phone 8.1 claimed that the Taiwan company was working on a device that would be based on its new Android smartphone, the HTC One. Hopefully we will get some concrete information about HTC's next Windows Phone devices very soon, perhaps around the time that the first "over the air" updates for 8.1 are scheduled to be released, which should happen early this summer.

Source: evleaks on Twitter | Image shown is a Neowin mock-up, and not an actual image of the rumored device.

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Getting a Windows Phone 8.1 variant of the M8 could be enough to get me to pickup an M8 instead of a Micro-Nia handset. I'm not terribly excited about the Icon which doesn't seem destined for AT&T anytime soon. Hopefully the M8 WP8.1 version pops up on AT&T if this does indeed happen.

Of course, my decision will remain dependent on waiting to see if Microsoft does a Surface Phone before making any jump. My 925 works just fine for now. I am looking forward to having a proper hi-res screen one of these days.

Nokia's additions to the WP platform alone make it hard to break away from them for another.

It's almost like mini-lock in.

Supposedly the phone is the HTC W8, which I would imagine means it is a Windows version of the M8.

And, yes, Verizon seems to be getting all the cool WP8.1 phones even after AT&T said they were going to get the first 8.1 phones. I imagine the Icon is a timed exclusive that will have the 930 being released when that expires.

They may have taken too long. I love my M7, but the Lumia Icon feels fantastic in my hand and I'm probably going back to Windows Phone with the Lumia 930.

I hope HTC was taking this much time to create something unique for Windows Phone and not just a lousy copy of its Android lineup. WP interface just wouldn't look that seamless with its Android designs.

Mohitster said,
I hope HTC was taking this much time to create something unique for Windows Phone and not just a lousy copy of its Android lineup. WP interface just wouldn't look that seamless with its Android designs.

The only thing needed is the allowance of on screen buttons and 8.1 brings this, that's the while idea behind it.

Still has the awful 4mp "ultra" pixel camera that has been slammed so many times for being worthless in pretty much anything but perfect lighting conditions?

It's a next to ridiculous idea to post a concept photo when talking about a genuine rumour. And that too such a horrible looking one. Just my two pennies.

Mohitster said,
It's a next to ridiculous idea to post a concept photo when talking about a genuine rumour. And that too such a horrible looking one. Just my two pennies.
While I agree about the first part, I wholeheartedly disagree about the second. I love the way this looks. One in red please!

cybersaurusrex said,
Agree. The HTC One is probably the prettiest phone on the market. Though I like the Nokia 925 a lot as well.

I still prefer the design of the M7 over that of the M8.

Evleaks has a good track record from what I've seen, and really if they're going to call it the W8 then it's hard not to make a connection to the M8 but with WP8.1 instead. I'm interested, though HTC is lacking when it comes to software support I still enjoy my 8X, even more now with the 8.1 preview build on it.