Now that we’ve had a look at Windows Phone 8, The Verge has received what appears to be a HTC roadmap that gives some specific details about Microsoft’s next-gen operating system.
On the lower-end is the “Rio”, not to be confused with the animated movie about a macaw in Brazil. Slated to drop in October (the most solid timeframe we’ve heard yet), it’s got a 4-inch WVGA display, 5-megapixel lens with 720p motion capture, 14.4Mbps HSPA, 512MB capacity and a Qualcomm MSM8227 chip. Next up is the Accord, no relation to the reliable Honda sedan, also due in October. This one is bigger, faster and more powerful, with a nice 4.3-inch Super LCD 2 screen, 8-megapixel camera, 1080p video capture and 42Mbps HSPA+. It’s also got 1GB of RAM and a speedier dual-core processor. The third member of HTC’s 2012 Windows Phone party is the Zenith, in no way affiliated with the TV brand, expected sometime in the fourth quarter. This guy is the best-looking and biggest one of the bunch, with a 4.7-inch Super LCD 2 display, 8-megapixel sensor with 720p and 42Mbps. It’s the mightiest of these gadgets, powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon chip.
These are all rumours at this time, but if they’re true, HTC has some nice gadgets waiting in the wings. If you want a Windows Phone, you should wait for devices running on the forthcoming platform to come out. And it looks like that’s going to happen later this year. [The Verge]