Rumor: HTC to announce Windows Phone 8 devices next month

According to a new rumor, HTC is planning on announcing its Windows Phone 8 launch lineup in September – specifically the third week of September – in preparation for the October launch of Windows Phone 8. The release date would line up with previous rumors indicating Nokia will release Windows Phone 8 devices at the same time.

An article at WPDang states that its sources have said HTC will announce three devices – Rio, Accord and Zenith – at events in London and New York next month. Additional information about the announcement was not released, although the site provided the following specifications for the three phones:

Rio:

  • HSPA 14.4Mbps network capable
  • 4-inch WGA (800x480) display
  • 5MP camera (720p capable)
  • 512MB memory
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus processor (MSM8227)

Accord:

  • HSPA+ 42Mbps network capable
  • 4.3-inch Super LCD2 display with a 720p resolution
  • 8MP camera (1080p capable)
  • NFC support
  • 1GB memory
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-core processor (MSM8260A)

Zenith:

  • HSPA+ 42Mbps network capable
  • 4.7-inch Super LCD2 display with a 720p resolution
  • 8MP camera (1080p capable)
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core processor

The article also claims the Accord and Zenith will feature displays similar to Apple's Retina display, with pixel density exceeding 300 pixels per inch. Additionally, the site claims the devices are similar to HTC's Android-powered "One" line of phones, which includes the One X and One S.

Via: WPCentral
Source: WPDang

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I hope HTC gets some love this time. Poor thing, Samsung steals all the limelight.

(I say this after they realised their mistake and changed their strategy.)

Ishanx said,
I hope HTC gets some love this time. Poor thing, Samsung steals all the limelight.

(I say this after they realised their mistake and changed their strategy.)

When it comes to Windows Phone it's Nokia that gets all the love. The only way HTC will be entitled to any respect is if they come up with unique designs for their WP range (rather than just recycling their tired-looking Android designs) and produce well built phones.

.fahim said,
Why is storage size no longer reported? Please let there be a 64GB WP8 device...

You can plug your own SD card into them now with Windows Phone 8 (Proving they include an accessible slot) so you could have whatever size SD card you can put in it.

Ideas Man said,

You can plug your own SD card into them now with Windows Phone 8 (Proving they include an accessible slot) so you could have whatever size SD card you can put in it.

well i rather choose a 64gig internal and a seamless body, but that's just me

morden said,

well i rather choose a 64gig internal and a seamless body, but that's just me

That could be the better option but I don't see many OEMs doing it. The whole thing about having microSD slots is that they can go cheap on the internal storage (8-16GB) and then just let those who need more use a card.

morden said,

well i rather choose a 64gig internal and a seamless body, but that's just me

You realize all the SD cards on modern phones are under the battery cover, you don't see it.

mrp04 said,

You realize all the SD cards on modern phones are under the battery cover, you don't see it.

Exactly. And removable batteries are a very good thing.

I still don't see a reason to get an HTC device over a Nokia one. Even if it has a quad core over a Nokia Dual core, I think its about the ecosystem Nokia builds around their proprietary apps that make the difference more since HTC doesn't have exclusives that are nearly as good as Nokia's. HTC (and Samsung for that matter) needs to bring their "A Game" if they want to compete in the WP market.

Drewidian said,
I still don't see a reason to get an HTC device over a Nokia one. Even if it has a quad core over a Nokia Dual core, I think its about the ecosystem Nokia builds around their proprietary apps that make the difference more since HTC doesn't have exclusives that are nearly as good as Nokia's. HTC (and Samsung for that matter) needs to bring their "A Game" if they want to compete in the WP market.

Well it's just some more options to bring potential HTC Android users to Windows Phone. I'm happy to see the platform growing!

Drewidian said,
I still don't see a reason to get an HTC device over a Nokia one. Even if it has a quad core over a Nokia Dual core, I think its about the ecosystem Nokia builds around their proprietary apps that make the difference more since HTC doesn't have exclusives that are nearly as good as Nokia's. HTC (and Samsung for that matter) needs to bring their "A Game" if they want to compete in the WP market.

if they'd make a phone with the first diamond in mind when designing i would surely have a very hard time choosing between it and a lumia...

until then they are just some phonemaker with pretty much uninteresting things to offer... of course maybe it's just me

morden said,

if they'd make a phone with the first diamond in mind when designing i would surely have a very hard time choosing between it and a lumia...

until then they are just some phonemaker with pretty much uninteresting things to offer... of course maybe it's just me

Yes, they need to go back to the mindset when they produced designs like the Universal and Diamond, unique in the WM world and they dominated. Now every device is just a slight variation of the black slab (the One X being a white slab) and that really isnt going to draw anyone to their devices.

Ok WTH. I want to replace my Titan II with a new WP8 but the "Zenith" model lacks NFC, looses the 16MP camera for only an 8, and they don't even mention how much memory, WTF. Oh, and it sure as hell better have LTE otherwise I'll be staying with my Titan II and WP7.8!!!!!!

92GTA said,
Ok WTH. I want to replace my Titan II with a new WP8 but the "Zenith" model lacks NFC, looses the 16MP camera for only an 8, and they don't even mention how much memory, WTF. Oh, and it sure as hell better have LTE otherwise I'll be staying with my Titan II and WP7.8!!!!!!

Ok!!!!!!! but megapixels aren't everything.

Zenith - Does it have a removable battery and where is NFC support? The idea of coming out with a new device is to move forward, not repeat or go back HTC. Seems like all we are doing is buying the Titan over with Windows 8 on it like 92GTA said.

JSYOUNG571 said,
Zenith - Does it have a removable battery and where is NFC support? The idea of coming out with a new device is to move forward, not repeat or go back HTC. Seems like all we are doing is buying the Titan over with Windows 8 on it like 92GTA said.

It's not mentioned -- we have no idea.

I'm frustrated with HTC's attitude towards carriers.
Until a carrier can guarantee iDevice like sales #s, HTC won't give carriers their premium models.

So until HTC change that about their business, they can fade away into irrelevance so far as I'm concerned.

deadonthefloor said,
I'm frustrated with HTC's attitude towards carriers.
Until a carrier can guarantee iDevice like sales #s, HTC won't give carriers their premium models.

How can anyone guarantee such a thing? What a joke.

Bern@rd said,
Why is HTC stuck in the last decade with their LCDs? Why would anyone at this point not use OLED?

I'd rather have an RGB LCD than a PenTile OLED of the same resolution.

So what can we conclude from the htc news here as far as Nokia goes?

From my understanding Nokia was to have a month lead way for selling their phone. Accoroding to the article above HTC will be selling their phones in Oct. Does this mean Nokia will be selling their phones next month? If not Nokia isn't getting all the love.

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