Windows Phone 8 devices have been making technology headlines recently. There was the Nokia Lumia 920, the Nokia Lumia 820, and the Samsung ATIV S. Now, it seems like HTC is ready to take the wraps off its own Windows Phone 8-powered devices, if rumors are to be believed.
HTC is scheduled to have an event this coming September 19th, but the invitation, as may be expected, does not reveal what surprise HTC has in store for consumers. It is speculated, however, that the launch is for one or all of these rumored devices: a successor to the HTC Flyer, the HTC One X+ running on Android OS, and Windows Phone 8 smartphones.
As regards the Windows Phone 8 smartphones, HTC is believed to have three of these in its lineup. These include the HTC Accord, the HTC Zenith, and the HTC Rio. All three handsets are allegedly part of the HTC 8 Series and will cater to three different market segments. The HTC Zenith, which is also known as the HTC 8X, is said to be the flagship device, and thus sports the most advanced set of specifications among the three. The mid-range phone is the HTC Accord, otherwise named the HTC 8S. This phone has specifications slightly lower than those on the HTC Zenith. Lastly, the HTC Rio, also called the HTC 8V, is targeted at the entry-level segment.
The HTC Zenith is rumored to have a 4.7-inch Super LCD2 display with a High Definition resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. It will have a dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor and support for 42Mbps HSPA+ connectivity as well as NFC. Its main camera will have an 8-megapixel sensor.
Next, the HTC Accord will have a Super LCD screen, again with a 1280 x 720 pixels resolution like the Zenith. The difference is that this phone’s display measures slightly smaller at 4.3 inches diagonally. An 8-megapixel camera is said to be likewise available, along with a microSD card slot that will add to its 8GB or 16GB storage capacity. It will, however, not feature NFC.
The low-end HTC Rio, for its part, will be equipped with a 4-inch WVGA display. Under the hood, it will run on a dual-core Snapdragon S4 MSM8227 processor alongside RAM of 512MB. It is said to support 14.4Mbps HSPA networks as well as come with a 5-megapixel main camera.
These three devices, if they indeed make an appearance at the September 19 event, will add to the growing number of Windows Phone 8 options for Microsoft fans.