By Stephen Schenck | June 21, 2012 12:05 PM
Yesterday’s HTC press release seemed to suggest that we might be seeing multiple Windows Phone 8 models coming from the manufacturer before the end of the year. What we didn’t know was just how many that number might be, and with what specs these handsets might arrive. A new rumor out today attempts to answer both those questions, suggesting that HTC will have three such models, ranging from mid to high-end, hitting retail in 2012.
We know that WP8 will support multi-core processors, but have been unsure just how manufacturers would embrace that new compatibility; would we initially just be seeing dual-core models, or would quads hit the scene at around the same time? According to this information, HTC won’t be holding any punches, releasing a quad-core WP8 handset this year. Known by codename Zenith, the model would feature a 4.7-inch Super LCD2 display in 720p, an eight-megapixel main camera, and support for HSPA+ 42Mbps networks.
The so-called Accord would shrink the screen down to 4.3 inches (while staying 720p) and go with a dual-core Snapdragon S4 Plus while featuring the same camera and HSPA+ support. Also look for 1GB of RAM (presumably also present on the Zenith) and NFC.
The lowest-end device to fit in to these rumors is called the Rio, but even this one should also feature an S4 Plus. The screen would take a further hit down to a 4-inch WVGA component, the camera would top-out at five megapixels, and HSPA+ would only read speeds as high as 14Mbps.
Look for the Rio and Accord to arrive first, possibly as soon as October, while Zenith might be closer to the year’s end.