HTC China president says Windows Phone 8 models with larger screens are in development

HTC China president says Windows Phone 8 models with larger screens are in development
The introduction of the HTC 8S and HTC 8X is the Taiwan based manufacturer's "first wave of attack" in the Windows Phone 8 market. Those are the words of the president of HTC China, Ren Weiguang, who says that HTC is working on Windows Phone 8 models carrying a larger screen than the 4 inch and 4.3 inch displays on the new HTC 8S and HTC 8X respectively. The executive spoke in an interview with WPDang and the topic was Windows Phone handsets past, present and future.

During the chat, Weiguang let it be known that sales of the first Windows Phone customized for the Chinese market, the HTC Triumph (same as the HTC Titan), met expectations but the bar had been set low. Still, the experience helped HTC prepare for Windows Phone 8. The executive said that it has always been HTC's intention to develop for both Android and Windows Phone. Before it produced the first Android model, HTC was known as a manufacturer of Windows Mobile handsets and has plenty of history with the crew in Redmond.

Windows Phone 8 allows for three different screen resolutions and the larger screened model that Weiguang is alluding to is presumably the 4.7 inch quad-core HTC Zenith, a follow-up to the HTC Titan. Microsoft is not allowing Windows Phone 8 handset manufacturers to change processors, so the Taiwan based firm had to add accessory chips for their models to include Beats Audio technology. Microsoft is allowing HTC to differentiate its Windows Phone 8 models by design, screen size and color. HTC's president of China did say that it might make some colors exclusive to specific carriers.

It is interesting to note that the executive praised the closed system of Windows Phone 8, saying it offers a more healthy, albeit slower, ecological development than the open source Android system. This has led to apps working more consistently across different manufacturer's models unlike the Android experience which he characterized as having poor compatibility issues and app development.

source: WPDang (translated) via WMPoweruser

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30 Comments

1. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

I'm still waiting news about HTC One X + :(

25. wendygarett unregistered

That will be at December the earliest... The HTC jellybean flagship lol

26. wendygarett unregistered

That will be at December the earliest... The HTC jellybean flagship lol

2. Mozarrt

Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

I'm glad HTC is giving Windows Phone a renewed chance, and looking at the new 8S and 8X smartphones they've done a pretty good job. We are only missing a HTC Titan II successor. I'm willing to bet Windows Phone will give Android and iOS a run for its money when its out.

3. Lift_Off

Posts: 152; Member since: Apr 04, 2012

I'm actually really interested in Windows phone. I'm getting a little tired of iOS and I don't like android. Thinking about Lumia 920 for my next phone... Anyone else?

4. Mozarrt

Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

With Windows Phone 8.0 you won't be missing anything specs wise and at least you will be getting all the updates (haha Android) Well if you have the chance, you could wait for the S4 Quadcores to come out on Windows Phone. Should make the phone even more future proof.

7. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012

it won't give android/IOS a run for its money unless the number of apps increase

20. ediedade

Posts: 6; Member since: Jan 03, 2012

the apps argument is a lame one. marketplace has 100000 plus better apps; are going all 100000 apps on your phone? also if 400000 out of 600000 apps for iOS have never been downloaded before, then what is the point for having all these many junk apps

27. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

+1. Most important are productivity/office tools apps.

5. ryq24

Posts: 875; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

and hope they include micro sd card slot!

6. StephenGalop

Posts: 52; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

lol, funny how those comments above are getting thumbed down.. Jealous fans every where

8. ogy_dogy

Posts: 453; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

A larger screen on a wp device would be pointless unless they add a third row of tiles, just having larger tiles would make no sense imho....

9. Mozarrt

Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

What about improved web browsing, and for watching video's. I prefer a 3.7 - 4 inch screen, but others could want something difference. If we want Windows Phone to thrive, than we need as much choice as possible.

12. ogy_dogy

Posts: 453; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

No doubt about it, i prefer up to 4". But i wasnt even talking about other functions, i meant it is stupid to have a lets say phablet size and still only 2 rows of tiles.

22. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

A third row of tiles?

10. jibraihimi

Posts: 802; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

"Microsoft is not allowing Windows Phone 8 handset manufacturers to change processors, so the Taiwan based firm had to add accessory chips for their models to include Beats Audio technology." I want to know why Microsoft is not allowing Qualcomm's Quadcore S4 pro processors in this year's windows phone 8 models............??? Beacuse as far as I remember they said in their unveiling of WP 8 for developers that WP8 can support upto 64 cores. Then why, not a single WP8 OEM has shown device with S4 pro chip..............????? I wanted to purchase Lumia 920, but of late I'm thinking to wait for 5" fullHD phablet from HTC............ Maybe next year I will plunge into WP waters when Nokia launch their next WP flagship......... For this year it's either HTC phablet or Optimus G or samsung galaxy note 2, for me...........

11. Mozarrt

Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

I guess it still has something to do with the drivers. You can't just use a new processor, you have to optimize lots of things to get them to work.

29. mrllano

Posts: 91; Member since: Aug 20, 2012

Microsoft is known to be optimizing their software to the processor. So I think that is the reason why, they are still working on other processors (their drivers maybe) before they allow it to be used by the manufacturers

13. sid07desai

Posts: 290; Member since: May 03, 2012

I don't understand why they're focusing on WP8 so much. Is it really that promising? Why not put a little more effort into making a unique android device. It is really annoying me that people are eager for WP8 devices, especially the lumias

16. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

it annoys you people are eager for wp8..........so does it hurt that android aint centre of attention come on mate this OS could be a serious competitor and the phones from Nokia, HTC and Samsung look great. your comment sounds like a moaning fanboy

30. mrllano

Posts: 91; Member since: Aug 20, 2012

Simple - the more the merrier.. there are right time for everything, it just so happen that its WP8 time today

14. Bfrenz

Posts: 285; Member since: Aug 26, 2012

What's really annoying? Its tptally fair to try out a new OS. Its a personal preference.

15. Bfrenz

Posts: 285; Member since: Aug 26, 2012

Typo:totally

17. sbr999

Posts: 79; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

Now let's see more quality apps joining. I want a yahoo messenger client made by Yahoo!, I'd like to see a full YouTube app (though I can use the browser just fine), I'd like to see more apps in the multitasking menu, DI.FM streaming app, a USB OTG function, the option to add a mouse while using it on a big screen, WiFi always on, Viber, some language learning apps like Finnish Survival Language. Mass storage - this will be in WP8 I think, if we're to listen to the rumors What's really important for me is to be able to switch between apps constantly without having them restarted or frozen. Like Yahoo! in the background, while browsing the web and listening to DI.FM radio.

18. Mozarrt

Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

Metrotube is far superior to any Youtube app I've ever seen on Android. Even without the official apps, the Marketplace is going strong because of the quality control put in place by Microsoft.

19. sbr999

Posts: 79; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

I want more multitasking freedom and I'm good to go. I'd even sacrifice a 1h-2h battery life per day to be able to use full multitasking with no restrictions. That may be just me and a handful of other people though.

21. Mozarrt

Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

I've never really had a problem with the limited multitasking Windows Phone 7.5 already has. Android's system is better but still a joke compared to what I once had on Maemo.

23. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

"is alluding to is presumably the 4.7 inch quad-core HTC Zenith, a follow-up to the HTC Titan." now that's what im talking about!!! coz 8X isnt a good follow up to titan! coz titan was their flagship on WP!! and 8X is just level at a lower side of lumia 920!! im assuming that this quad core is S4 pro.... coz if they release it with that processor.. then nokia is doom! but i want nokia to make one first!!! i really hate why microsoft wont allow manufacturers and chip makers to build a phone outside qualcomm's snapdragon! i mean NVIDIA Tegra and TI OMAP and even samsung EXYNOS are amazing!! expecially that cortex A15 is coming! i wish they will allow them!! like they allow TI and NVIDIA along with qualcomm to make a windows RT tablet!

24. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

4.7" WP8 FTW!

28. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

hmm although I am an Windows Phone fan I wish Nokia had an Android smart phone for Android folks to help Nokia's sales of smart phone. Windows smart phones could still be their flagship phone and they would get some of that Android money too. Microsoft I think is more into optimizing it's OS to run well on a single core or dual core CPU's. to cut the cost of People buying Windows smart phones. Please take note That Windows "NT" is the core operating system on Windows 8 smart phones. Desktops and laptops and laptop computers have been using "NT" core OS's for years to run very fast Single core 3.4 GHZ Intel and AMD chips as well as fast Dual core Intel and AMD CPU's. Windows 7 Desktop/Laptop computer OS Uses the "NT core" and can run quad core Intel or AMD CPU"s.. Like I said I think Microsoft wants People to be able to afford their smart phones and they will still run fast and smoothly on dual core CPU's

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