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HTC Windows Phone 8 roadmap leaks out

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HTC Windows Phone 8 roadmap leaks out
HTC is now probably the second-most important Windows Phone 8 manufacturer as Samsung is now mostly focused on Android, and Nokia is Microsoft’s sidekick, and good news is that HTC Windows Phone 8 roadmap has just leaked out.

Here’s what you’d get: the HTC Rio, HTC Zenith and HTC Accord. Just like on Android, HTC seems to use a trio of devices to hit different price points and still keep its focus. 

Starting from the most affordable of the bunch, the HTC Rio will feature a 4-inch WVGA screen and come with a 5-megapixel camera shooting 720p video. The Qualcomm MSM8227, part of the Snapdragon S4 family, is what powers the devices and it works along with 512MB of RAM. Connectivity-wise, the upcoming HTC Rio is expected to come with 14.4Mbps HSPA.

Next up, right in the mid-range is the HTC Accord. The Accord comes with a 4.3-inch 720p Super LCD2 display and an 8-megapixel rear snapper capturing 1080p video. The exact silicon is not yet known, but it will be a more capable dual-core processor of the Snapdragon S4 breed with 1GB of RAM. Additionally, you get NFC and 42Mbps HSPA+.

Finally, the most exciting device that HTC is bringing to Windows Phone 8 world is the HTC Zenith. The Zenith is said to feature a massive 4.7-inch 720p Super LCD 2 display, also with an 8-megapixel camera and 42Mbps HSPA+. Here, though, the processor gets bumped up to a quad-core Snapdragon, but again - no specifics.

Finally, the prices are unknown, but the release dates are just as you’d expect - October for the Rio and Accord, and Q4 2012 for the Zenith. Not a bad start for HTC’s Windows Phone 8 family is it?

source: TheVerge

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posted on 21 Jun 2012, 09:44 10

1. HTCFreak (Posts: 149; Member since: 17 Jul 2010)


They always put great cameras in their phones! Love that! :)

posted on 21 Jun 2012, 09:49 6

3. snowgator (Posts: 3188; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Agree!! My Wife is in LOVE with her Titan camera, almost to the point I am jealous at parties as she brags on it and forgets my name!! :-D

Wonder why HTC bumped the Zenith back down to a 8 Megapixel from the 16 it threw into the T2? Not that it matters, I am sure the cameras will be great, but just curious...

posted on 21 Jun 2012, 12:46 2

27. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3770; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


snowgator, the HTC Zenith looks like it's going to be the HTC HD8. That looks to be your next phone, & just in time for the holidays!

Y
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S
!

posted on 21 Jun 2012, 09:50 6

4. santaclaus (Posts: 52; Member since: 20 Jul 2011)


excuse me, did u check on the camera blind test of gsmarena?

htc one x is way behind its contenders especially pureview

posted on 21 Jun 2012, 09:59 20

7. Atlas (Posts: 157; Member since: 15 Apr 2012)


Everything is behind the pureveiw

posted on 21 Jun 2012, 10:59 3

21. mss1988 (Posts: 25; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)


I completely agree with you. Those who are satisfied with HTC's cameras will be satisfied with any other camera. For me, cameras are HTC's weakest point. Megapixels are almost irrelevant in terms of picture quality (see low megapixel dslr-s).

posted on 21 Jun 2012, 10:40 1

17. haseebzahid (Posts: 1808; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


pureview is future tech

posted on 21 Jun 2012, 12:49 2

28. RapidCat (Posts: 351; Member since: 12 Jun 2012)


pureview, only can compete with pocket camera.
and mobile camera.

if u want best picture buy dslr or medium format camera with 60mp sensor

posted on 23 Jun 2012, 06:21

43. mobilefuture (Posts: 206; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


Name one DSLR with a 60MP sensor. I believe the highest is on a Nikon one, if im not mistaken, and thats 38MP, again if im not mistaken

posted on 21 Jun 2012, 10:57 2

20. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


*cough* nokia *cough* pureview *cough* oversampling *cough*

posted on 21 Jun 2012, 21:59 2

39. tarozeero (Posts: 16; Member since: 07 Jun 2012)


I sometimes have a hard time distinguishing sarcasm from honestly through text. BUT I'm pretty sure "They always put great cameras in their phones! Love that! :)" was sarcasm right? Some of my friends and I own a HTC device and the camera just... blows, really.

PureView ftw.

posted on 22 Jun 2012, 05:38

41. moosa.mahsoom (Posts: 22; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


this should have htc's imagechip(files in RAW format) and imagesense although I doubt that Microsoft will allow that. I wonder if it is gonna be cheap. I think it will be cheaper than it's android counterparts. Ex- desire S and the radar have similar specs(even the same unibody with the exception being the rounded earpiece) but, the radar is cheaper.

posted on 21 Jun 2012, 09:47 3

2. Birds (Posts: 963; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


This is reallllyyy enticing. The Accord has made me thirsty for it!!! When ever it comes to market, it is going to be my next phone. lol

posted on 21 Jun 2012, 09:50

5. ajac09 (Posts: 1346; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


no more 16mp camera in phones?

posted on 21 Jun 2012, 09:56 1

6. Birds (Posts: 963; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


HTC should have resampled the 16 megapixel images to 8 megapixels on the Titian II. It is the same camera sensor on the ONE S and ONE X. I compared the sample of two shots taken, one on the one S and the other on the HTC Titan II and it seemed that the image quality was exactly the same, except that it was 4 times the resolution lol. But a lot of reviewers seem to not get the point in having 16 megapixels vs 8. You can crop twice as much and still have plenty of detail left.

posted on 21 Jun 2012, 10:08

9. valapsp (Posts: 470; Member since: 12 Aug 2011)


You don't need that much. Do you?

posted on 21 Jun 2012, 10:12

10. Birds (Posts: 963; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


me personally, no. But to some people, numbers are everything and i was trying to cater to ajac09 because I thought he was a numbers person lol. I was trying to be nice on the forum.

posted on 21 Jun 2012, 10:03 1

8. Atlas (Posts: 157; Member since: 15 Apr 2012)


Im thinking this time around I will get an Android and a WP. Im thinking Sony for Android but my FIRST WP8 phone will defiantly be the HTC Accord:D. So exited to see what they will bring.

posted on 21 Jun 2012, 10:23 1

11. azri05 (unregistered)


"quad-core snapdragon" O_O !

posted on 21 Jun 2012, 17:07 1

35. wendygarett (unregistered)


Don't be excited... It just s3 chips...

posted on 21 Jun 2012, 10:25

12. smartstream (Posts: 2; Member since: 21 Jun 2012)


Why HSPA+42 and Not LTE. I Really want the Zenith to come to Verizon but unless it works with LTE Verizon won't pick it up.

posted on 21 Jun 2012, 10:29

13. shikhar (Posts: 25; Member since: 14 Aug 2011)


Interesting! But, not impressed with the naming convention (if there's one) of the devices. I like how HTC have named their Android's lineup as one (pun mwuhaha), they should follow the same for their Windows phone lineup. Else, its going to be difficult to stand up against the likes of iPhones, Galaxies, Xperias because these lineups have their past successes driving the success of their current products.

posted on 21 Jun 2012, 10:33 3

16. Birds (Posts: 963; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


I hope HTC will name the Devices: HTC Relic X, Relic S, and Relic V. I don't know why but the I like the names. lol I'm pretty sure those are code names in the article though.

posted on 21 Jun 2012, 10:30 1

14. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3883; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


If I ever do try out Windows Phone, it will be the Zenith. Or the Accord, if the Zenith doesn't fit in my hand

posted on 21 Jun 2012, 10:32 2

15. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


If Nokia bumps up the specs (screen, processor) in the upcoming WP Pureview, it'll destroy all. For now, HTC's WP devices sound very nice.

posted on 21 Jun 2012, 10:44

18. haseebzahid (Posts: 1808; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


well nokia has their final chance here i must say they will be comming with all they got now on WP8 since they have keep the wp7 sales on limited markets hardly 30% of the countries were in their list now they may release on full scale

posted on 21 Jun 2012, 10:54 3

19. Suts_97 (Posts: 124; Member since: 05 May 2012)


Get me a Nokia WP8 phone with PureView camera!

posted on 21 Jun 2012, 11:18 1

22. mobilefuture (Posts: 206; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


Damn, looks like Nokia got some tough competition ahead. But these specs are looking to become common with windows phone 8 just like in Android Flagships, so Nokia will also release something like that.....................but with pureview! hehehehehehehehe

posted on 21 Jun 2012, 11:45 1

23. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)


sounds AWESOME

posted on 21 Jun 2012, 11:51 2

24. jove39 (Posts: 1252; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


QUad core...windows phone...really...is it running WP8 or W8 RT :)

posted on 21 Jun 2012, 11:53

25. smartstream (Posts: 2; Member since: 21 Jun 2012)


It will be running Windows Phone 8 because it is a phone, Windows RT is for tablets running windows 8 but on ARM based processors not Intel

posted on 21 Jun 2012, 12:40 3

26. thunderising (Posts: 225; Member since: 25 Nov 2011)


I'll have one HTC Accord or HTC Rio please

posted on 21 Jun 2012, 12:51 2

29. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3770; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Go Accord not Rio. The screen on the Accord is a beautiful 720p HD screen.

posted on 21 Jun 2012, 13:09

30. Phaze0085 (Posts: 99; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)


The Zenith sounds cool, but at the same time, that 8mp camera sounds out of place on a big budget phone. If WP7 could handle a 12MP shooter, why not WP8? And why would the Zenith have a Quad-Core processor in it when they just started making them with Dual Cores? Obviously nothing is set in stone yet, but it just doesn't make sense to me. Also, they should give it a bigger screen than just 4.7. How about a 4.8 or even a 5"

posted on 21 Jun 2012, 13:09

31. lubba (Posts: 1310; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


42Mbps HSPA+, isn't that tmobile's 3G/4G network?

posted on 21 Jun 2012, 13:17 5

32. PhansMuneeb (Posts: 345; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)


Quad Core on Nokia.....sounds awesome

posted on 21 Jun 2012, 16:18 1

33. ahhxd717 (Posts: 317; Member since: 08 Dec 2011)


The HTC Accord will be my next phone, well if it comes to AT&T. My upgrade isn't until Q1 2013 so that gives me plenty of time to see what's coming with WP8 :)

posted on 21 Jun 2012, 16:26 2

34. chrischau1308 (Posts: 53; Member since: 28 Feb 2012)


I'm not sure how are those devices going to do well in the market or not.
But I really hope HTC tries their best.
Beside, if the HTC Rio don't have front-facing camera (as well as almost every so-called entry-level HTC devices) ...
I feel like punching in HTC face!
In Their Face!!!!!!!!

posted on 21 Jun 2012, 17:23 3

36. wendygarett (unregistered)


WTF !!! after this news I'm going to throw away my oneX instantly :)

posted on 21 Jun 2012, 18:02 1

37. chrischau1308 (Posts: 53; Member since: 28 Feb 2012)


The sad part is you will not...
:D :D :D

posted on 21 Jun 2012, 21:10 1

38. SmartPhoneStream (Posts: 160; Member since: 21 Jun 2012)


If the Zenith comes to Verizon with LTE, definitely my next phone

posted on 22 Jun 2012, 04:20

40. kamen (Posts: 82; Member since: 18 Jul 2011)


Now what? I wonder if by the end of the year I'd have one complete HTC - Nokia - HTC circle (Desire HD - Lumia - Accord)

posted on 22 Jun 2012, 13:12

42. b1acktiger (Posts: 204; Member since: 19 May 2012)


HTC Accord or Zenith will b my 1st Windows Phone.. No More Nokias in my pocket, had some before..

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