HTC will reportedly hold an event during the third week of September to unveil its first wave of Windows Phone 8 devices. This claim lines up with a recent rumor that suggests Nokia has a similar agenda, which could place Windows Phone 8’s launch slightly ahead of the Windows 8 launch on October 26.
HTC allegedly has three Windows 8 handsets in the works, which were first spotted back in June. Here’s a quick refresher of what’s said to be on the way:
An entry-level device dubbed the “Rio” will reportedly feature a 4-inch WVGA display, a 5-megapixel camera, 512MB of RAM and a Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8227 processor.
HTC’s mid-level “Accord,” will reportedly feature a 4.3-inch Super LCD 2 display, an 8-megapixel camera, 1GB of RAM, NFC and a dual-core Qualcomm MSM8260A processor.
The alleged flagship of HTC’s trio is a device carrying the codename “Zenith,” which will reportedly pack a 4.7-inch Super LCD 2 display, an 8-megapixel camera and a Qualcomm-made quad-core processor.
If in fact HTC and Nokia announce Windows Phone 8 devices in September, this could place both companies on a collision course with the iPhone 5, which will reportedly be announced by Apple on September 12.
Windows Phone currently holds 3.8 percent of the U.S. smartphone market. IDC projects that it will surpass iOS in 2016. While we may not completely agree with this report, it’s obvious that Microsoft’s mobile future will be greatly determined by consumer reception to Windows Phone 8. It looks like Nokia and HTC will lead the way.