OEMs are building the buzz, gearing up and announcing devices which will be powered by Windows Phone 8. So far we have the Samsung ATIV S, the Nokia Lumia 920 and the Lumia 820. We know HTC is preparing a September 19 event and it is yet unsure whether we’ll see the rumored Android-powered HTC One X+, some Windows Phones, the Flyer tablet follow-up (dubbed Flyer X, a seven-incher), parts of the enumeration, or everything.
As far as the Windows Phone line-up is concerned we can allegedly expect to see three phones, whenever they will be announced. We are already familiar with the Accord as there are plenty of rumors (some even tipping it for T-Mobile and others trying to foresee the specifications). However, the Accord will reportedly be the mid-ranger in a family of three where the Zenith and Rio are also present. This family is dubbed HTC 8 (obvious naming convention) and the letters following are an exact copy of the letters in the Android-powered One family. Rumors talk about a flagship HTC 8X (Zenith), a slightly lower-specced HTC 8S (Accord) and the entry-level (low-spec) HTC 8V (Rio).
The 8X will allegedly pack a 4.7-inch Super LCD2 screen with HD (1280×720) resolution, dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor (of unknown model), eight-megapixel camera, NFC, and support as well as radios for 42Mbps HSPA+ network operation.
The 8S will reportedly sport a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 MSM8960 processor but feature a slightly smaller, 4.3-inch Super LCD screen with the same HD resolution, eight-megapixel camera, 8- and 16GB storage options with microSD card support, and same network compatibility in terms of radio. NFC and screen size aside, the 8S and the 8X appear to be, according to the rumors and leaks, on par.
Last but not least, the 8V, will pack the smallest screen among them, a four-inch display with WVGA resolution. Powering it is a dual-core Snapdragon S4 MSM8227 processor aided by 512MB of RAM, and the imaging is a five-megapixel camera’s responsibly. Radios are expected to be compatible with 14.4Mbps HSPA networks.
Of course, treat all of the above with your usual dose of salt. If the rumors turn out to be true and we’ll see three Windows Phone 8 devices from HTC, we’ll already have the opportunity to choose between a total number of six (one Samsung, two Nokias and three HTCs) and counting.