HTC Windows Phone 8 roadmap leaks out

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



1. HTCFreak

Posts: 156; Member since: Jul 17, 2010

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

3. snowgator

Posts: 3624; Member since: Jan 19, 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...

27. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 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 E S !

4. santaclaus

Posts: 52; Member since: Jul 20, 2011

excuse me, did u check on the camera blind test of gsmarena? htc one x is way behind its contenders especially pureview

7. Atlas

Posts: 158; Member since: Apr 15, 2012

Everything is behind the pureveiw

21. mss1988

Posts: 41; Member since: Apr 19, 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).

17. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

pureview is future tech

28. RapidCat

Posts: 351; Member since: Jun 12, 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

43. mobilefuture

Posts: 224; Member since: Nov 12, 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

20. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

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

39. tarozeero

Posts: 16; Member since: Jun 07, 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.

41. moosa.mahsoom

Posts: 22; Member since: Nov 19, 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.

2. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 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

5. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

no more 16mp camera in phones?

6. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 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.

9. valapsp

Posts: 565; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

You don't need that much. Do you?

10. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 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.

8. Atlas

Posts: 158; Member since: Apr 15, 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.

11. azri05 unregistered

"quad-core snapdragon" O_O !

35. wendygarett unregistered

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

12. smartstream

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 21, 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.

13. shikhar

Posts: 28; Member since: Aug 14, 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.

16. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 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.

14. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 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

15. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 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.

18. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 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

19. Suts_97

Posts: 130; Member since: May 05, 2012

Get me a Nokia WP8 phone with PureView camera!

22. mobilefuture

Posts: 224; Member since: Nov 12, 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

23. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012

sounds AWESOME

24. jove39

Posts: 2149; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

QUad it running WP8 or W8 RT :)

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