Leaked HTC Roadmap Gives Windows Phone 8 Specs And Timing Clues

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]


    Does anyone else think that any mobile phone screen over 4 inches or 4.2 inches is just to big for a mobile phone?

    No shots of devices yet though, Be interesting to see what other manufacturers come up with

      im holding out for nokia - best apps around for WP8 and WP7.8

    Zenith sounds like a One X with WP8, this is great news for people like me wanting to try WP without being hamstrung by its current poor hardware.

    So you couldn't even be bothered to get a shot of a wp7 device, let alone a wp8 screen shot...no an android phone (probably a nexus) and the wp7 experience page...come on guys, seriously!

    GIzmodo, can you please stop using screen-captures of an android device running the WP7 demo, thanks.

    HTC has always made solid handsets, but Nokia has PureView and kickarse design. Maybe HTC could appeal with better audio or really kickarse media sharing?

    Gizmodo, why is your stock image for Windows Phone the HTML5 test page running on a high resolution android phone?

    WP8 launch devices will be dual core only. But with Qualcomm being close with HTC, don't be surprised if HTC is the only OEM to have a quad core snapdragon WP8 device by years end. Will definitely give them the advantage for marketing purposes. Assuming Nokia won't have a Quad core til later next year, they better have a damn sexy-as device for me to chose them over HTC. The only other feature I liked on Nokia devices were their maps and turn-by-turn, which will be available to all WP8 devices.

    are these W8 phone rom running in a android host? Why the android navigation icons at the bottom of the screen. Androids so cool we virtulize W8 :-)

      Hey steevo, why do people keep posting the same comment over and over? Can you see someone else has already made this comment already?

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