HTC prepping a new Windows Phone flagship for Verizon


If anyone had any doubts about what HTC may be working on outside of the Android sphere of activity, it looks like we will have something to look forward to on the Windows Phone front as well.  The ever-reliable @evleaks has let it be known that HTC will have a new Windows Phone 8.1 flagship to be available on Big Red’s network at a yet-to-be-determined time. Listed as “W8#WL”, might this be a flagship of HTC One (M8) lineage?

Spec-wise, nothing has been leaked yet, but because it is a Windows Phone, we know it will have a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. Because this is purported to be a class leader, we can surmise that the CPU will be a quad-core unit, thus we will go with a Snapdragon 801 or maybe even an 805.

The rest of the user experience is predictable because it is Windows Phone. What intrigues us the most is how premium the form factor will be for this device. Given the bar set with the M8, we do not mind thinking about a similarly built aluminum unibody design. Dual-front-facing speakers? Why not?

We also do not mind thinking about what software and hardware tweaks might be made on the camera side of things. Will HTC double-down on the dual-camera arrangement currently used on the M8? Will we see a 4MP “UltraPixel” camera, or will this sensor break new ground on the UltraPixel front?

Some of all this may be wishful thinking, but it is good to aim high.  HTC has not put forth a banner effort on the Windows Phone front in a while, with its most recent effort, the HTC 8XT being a decidedly middle-of-the-road offering. As soon as we learn more of this HTC W8#WL Windows Phone 8.1 device, we will be sure to pass it along.

source: @evleaks

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95 Comments

1. FriendsOfSamsung unregistered

Do people still buy Windows phone?

6. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Yes, but I'm not so sure after M$ removes Nokia brand. And basicly only 520 is selling really well. 630 is a great phone though, so I'd expect it to be successful.

34. sgodsell

Posts: 7028; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I love how the auther said "Spec-wise, nothing has been leaked yet, but because it is a Windows Phone, we know it will have a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. Because this is purported to be a class leader, we can surmise that the CPU will be a quad-core unit, thus we will go with a Snapdragon 801 or maybe even an 805." First of all WP only supports Qualcomm CPUs period. Microsoft's WP does not support any other CPU from any other vendor. That's why you never see any other WP 8.x device run on any other CPU.

57. gustavoace

Posts: 187; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

Not sure why they dont make a WP version of HTC M8. You could choose your system instead of your hardware

95. sgodsell

Posts: 7028; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Oh why don't they make all the lumia devices so you can add Android on them.

63. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

WP may very well die with Nokia branding. If it does, it will serve MS right for that stunt they pulled... Karma is like your ex.

67. papss unregistered

Show me proof that they did anything... If not you can stfu and are speculating

70. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Ignore such shills. Their sad lives have no action or entertainment, hence they make up BS in their heads and crap it on tech sites.

72. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Stop being jelly and accept the truth Truth is vain for WP users to swallow

75. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Yeah, stop being jelly....

74. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

How can you continue to stand this crap? Listening to these jealous haters day, after day... Phone Arena supports these haters.. The whole site is run by haters, so you can never expect peace here.. ................ These guys are truly worthless in their opinion about WP. Who cares....

83. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

this is why I pretty much only read and comment on WP articles on WPcentral

84. papss unregistered

That's where I'm starting to go specifically (wpcentral is a MUCH better site) This site and its bloggers/posters are really of lower intelligence these past few months.

93. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

PA sucks.. They punish WP fans, who try to stop the trolling, and support the real trolls.. Their reviews are pathetically biased, and unprofessional.. Mobile Nations is where its at.. That's why you barely see me wasting my time with this crap anymore... WPC is awesome, and you can actually read the comments without having to filter through the BS...

94. papss unregistered

What?? Robot Ray and the rest? Lol yeah they are idiots for sure. Its even worse I their videos... The android and WP central has real reporting and professionalism..

92. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Exactly... Even the Android fans on WPcentral are mature, and have valuable comments... These kids on PA are just pathetic..

85. papss unregistered

You sir are correct. I try to be the anchor and voice of WP...

8. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Not in your Samsung la la Land of course.

10. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Idk about WP, but certainly NOBODY buys your crap. Go back to your cheap plastic toy.

14. hurrycanger

Posts: 1758; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

At least cut out the "but certainly NOBODY buys your crap" part. I mean really, who buys crap and for what purpose? Smell it? As for his cheap plastic toys, they sell really well. ;)

19. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

FYI, NFTW is going through hard times with the recent 30% decline in Nokia sales. Although he is lashing out at others, on the inside he is struggling with his misguided faith, trying to admit he has a problem.

50. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Also do you realise the WP and Nokia users are so angry and violent cause Nokia WP has only peanut 4% market share vs Android 80% and ios leading 2nd

22. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Not funny dude!

51. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Lol...

28. volcano

Posts: 348; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

people like you still exist in our world ?

29. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Yes millions do, apparently over 13 million was sold in the last quarter of this year, you must have just come out of a coma you missed a lot including Samsung being inspired by WP flat UI.

89. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Do you really think Flat design started with WP? Do I have to link you to WebOS article again....which was doing flat design before WP even launched? Cards also? Android was going to it when they hired the former WebOS guy....which was also before WP launched...

91. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

WebOS 2.0... Gotta give credit to WebOS. Google and others were smart that hired former WebOS people..

35. papss unregistered

Do people still care what you think? The best part is your thumbs up... Pathetic ignorant fandroids as a whole.

36. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

probably the diehard ones, you cant judge them all like this.

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