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HTC Reportedly Preparing Rio, Accord and Zenith for Windows Phone 8

Windows Phone 8 home screenWhat would you say to an HTC One X-like device that’s running Windows Phone 8? Such a handset is reportedly in the pipeline, along with two other WP8 handsets from HTC, according to a roadmap given to The Verge from a “knowledgeable source.”

As you might expect from HTC, the company is looking to cover all the bases, with a low-end, mid-range and flagship device lined up for Microsoft’s upcoming mobile platform. First, down at the bottom, is the Rio: 4-inch WVGA display, 14.4Mbps HSPA, 5-megapixel camera with 720p video, 512MB of RAM on board and a Qualcomm MSM8227 processor, which is part of the Snapdragon S4 Plus family. This one is expected to drop in October.

Also due in October, in the middle of HTC’s WP8 family, will be the Accord: 4.3-inch 720p Super LCD 2 display, 8-megapixel shooter with 1080p video recording, 42Mbps HSPA+, NFC, 1GB of RAM and a dual-core processor thought to be a Qualcomm MSM8260A, which is a chip that currently runs in the HTC One S and Asus PadFone.

Lastly, and most exciting, is the Zenith, which is set to arrive before the year is up with a 4.7-inch Super LCD 2 display, an 8-megapixel camera with 1080p video recording, 42Mbps HSPA+, “and an unnamed quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon,” The Verge said.

Microsoft’s upcoming platform was just unveiled on Wednesday, though the company gave a vague “holiday season” timeframe availability. We’ve long heard October as a popular estimation for when the Redmond-based company will unveil its latest OS, and maybe a similar time frame might apply to the Surface for Windows RT. One thing’s for sure, if you’ve been debating whether to get a Windows Phone device, you’d do well to wait until Windows Phone 8 hits, otherwise your ship will have sailed in just a few short months.

[via The Verge]


Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...

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