HTC is reportedly developing an HTC One clone that runs Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 operating system, Neowin reports. The handset will feature similar specs and design to the HTC One, though it won’t be a perfect copy.
The Windows Phone handset is expected to sport an aluminum body, Beats Audio, and a display measuring between four and five inches. The HTC One flagship Android device boasts a 4.7-inch screen while the rumored Mini is expected to feature a 4.3-inch display, meaning the Windows Phone variant could resemble either of the two Android models.
However, news that the rumored Windows Phone will feature Microsoft’s GDR3 update suggests we’ll be seeing a larger screen on the new handset. The software update is rumored to finally bring support for quad-core processors and support for 5-inch displays with 1080p resolutions; the current iteration of the OS only supports a resolution of 720p.
There’s no proof that Neowin’s report is anything more than a rumor for now, but the news makes sense for both companies. Microsoft is still struggling to carve out a market share for Windows Phone 8, and slapping the software on HTC’s beautiful handset could help boost sales. Meanwhile, the Taiwanese smartphone maker has seen its fair share of business woes, and could use a boost from Microsoft, which has a history of throwing money at the OEMs it partners with.