It's still kind of shocking that the WP Summit was only a little more than 24 hours ago, because there has just been a tidal wave of news since yesterday. Now we have some intel about manufacturers' plans for Windows Phone 8 this Fall, and they are quite interesting to learn about.
First we'll start with a rumor from The Verge, as it pertains to HTC's roadmap for their future Windows Phones. Their 'knowledgeable' tipster revealed that three new devices were in the works for this year to spread across the low, medium and high range price points (not unlike their One devices strategy). We'll break it down for easier digestion:
- Rio: Described as the lowest end of the trio this device sports 14.4 Mbps HSPA, a 4-inch WVGA (800x480) display, a 5-megapixel camera with 720p video, 512 MB of RAM and a more conservative version of the Snapdragon S4 Plus processor (MSM8227). Slated for an October release.
- Accord: The middle-child of this new family, the not-a-Honda-sedan Windows Phone will kick things up a notch with a 4.3-inch Super LCD 2 display (720p), an 8-megapixel camera with 1080p video, 42 Mbps HSPA+, NFC, 1 GB of RAM, and a dual-core Snapdragon S4 Plus processor ("tentatively" the MSM8260A). Also slated for an October release.
- Zenith: Could this be a Titan III? It sure sounds like it with its rumored 4.7-inch Super LCD 2 display (720p), 8-megapixel camera with 1080p video, 42 Mbps HSPA+ and a quad-core Snapdragon processor. No specific month, but instead a vague Q4 2012 release.
We're inclined to believe in this rumor, simply based on history. Last year HTC was the first big manufacturer out of the gate with Windows Phone 7.5 devices that were announced in September and released in several markets during October, so we can imagine it would be a similar game plan with 2012. Also, a lot of these specs share more than just a few components in common with HTC's high-end One series Android devices, making them a bit easy to predict even if the rumor is false.
Then there was an actual press release issued by Huawei, who was announced as a Windows Phone 8 launch partner at the Windows Phone Summit. In the brief message, Huawei simply made their partnership with Microsoft official but also confirmed that they had plans for a high-end device to adopt their Ascend device branding. The company has stated they will release this Windows Phone 8 smartphone before the end of the year in the China, Europe and the United States. In the release, Windows Phone boss Terry Myerson said Microsoft was excited to see Huawei's "impressive global capabilities" in action for the holiday release.
It looks like we finally have some exciting new hardware to look forward to. We can guess which one you'll pick, but which of these rumored/official smartphones are you most looking forward to?
Source: The Verge, FierceWireless