HTC is preparing another Windows 8 phone release, but instead of making this the flagship device, it will come as a mid-range smartphone. Early reports say HTC is losing confidence in the Windows 8 phone OS, that they are licensing from Microsoft.
The Taiwanese mobile giant had previously been working on the next flagship device for Windows 8 phone, named the Zenith, but have cancelled this due to low demand for the HTC 8X.
HTC Tiara is set to be one of the first smartphones to run the GDR2 Windows 8 phone upgrade, which was added to the smartphone at the end of last year.
The HTC Tiara specs do not radiate that the company is betting big on the service, in fact, with the release the HTC One they look rather shoddy. Then again, it is a mid-range phone so we are not looking for top notch.
Inside the HTC Tiara is a 1.2GHz Snapdragon processor, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage. The phone will sport a 4.3-inch 800×480 display, with resolution like that; it makes us feel like we are back in the dark ages.
The HTC Tiara will have an 8-megapixel rear camera and 1.6-megapixel front shooter. It is a shame we will not see the “Ultrapixel” shooter coming to this smartphone.
This smartphone will go up against the Lumia 720, another mid-range Windows 8 phone. Samsung may be making a challenger too, although we have not heard much from the South Korean giant, other than the fact their Galaxy S4 release is in two weeks’ time.
The HTC Tiara will hit stores mid-May if the report has any accuracy, which we believe it does. Between the HTC 8X not being able to compete against Nokia’s Lumia 920 and HTC almost giving up the Windows 8 phone brand, they may see a mid-range competitor as a way to make money without giving up a lot to produce the phone.