After the Windows Phone 8 announcement, HTC seems to be the talk of the town with rumours of its 2012 line up. The specs will not wow any current Android user but if these rumours are true HTC is making great strides in the hardware game, from a Windows Phone perspective.
The strategy is identical to HTC’s One line, hence the title. An entry level device, a mid-range device, and a high-end device. The names, obviously, are not final and are the Rio, Accord, and Zenith – in ascending order.
The low end of the bunch, the Rio has specs that are comparable to any current Windows Phone device on the market. The display’s pegged to be of WVGA resolution and at 4″, with technology yet to be revealed. A 5MP camera can be found round the back, capable of 720p video capture, and a Qualcomm MSM8227 processor coupled with 512MB of RAM powers the device. In terms of network, maximum speeds on 3G are 14.4Mbps HSPA, though I wouldn’t put it past AT&T or T-Mobile to release an LTE version in the US.
The Accord seems to be the mid-range device of the bunch with a standout 720p screen at 4.3″, giving it immense clarity and making it not only a rarity in the smartphone world but also an envy of Android users that lust after this screen size but have to make do with antiquated software (looking at you, Sony) or qHD resolution with PenTile. Screen technology’s supposed to be SuperLCD 2, the same tech in the HTC One X, and it’s listed as having 1GB of RAM coupled with a dual core processor, NFC, 1080p video and HSPA+ radios. Here’s to hoping the camera’s at 8MP or greater, eh?
If the Accord is Windows Phone’s One S, then the Zenith has got to be its One X. The screen’s an identical 4.7″ SuperLCD 2 unit with 720p resolution. The camera’s likely to be the same too as it’s rumoured to be an 8MP unit with 1080p video recording. Where it trumps the One X, however, is in terms of CPU. The current dual core Krait rivals the Tegra 3 in many benchmarks, and the Zenith is rumoured to have the quad core Krait version. Wow.
All I can say is, wow. Microsoft’s relaunching Windows Phone with a bang, and I can’t wait for Christmas ’12!