We expected HTC’s rumored upcoming Windows Phone 8 line-up to match its Android “One” family and, judging by the model names (X, S, and V) we were hoping to see three phones. While nothing is official at the moment (there are still some hours left until an official HTC event in New York), rumors talk about not three, but only two Windows Phone 8 devices to see the light of day.
Previous rumors talked about the Zenith, Accord, and Rio, respectively the 8X, 8S, and 8V (not necessarily in this order) but according to recent chatter the higher-end among the three (the Zenith) will not be part of the line-up. Rumors talk about the 8X being the Accord with its 1.2 GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor and 4.3-inch Super LCD 2 screen (1280×720 resolution). HTC 8S (hinted as the “Rio”) will be the second one packing a 1GHz Snapdragon S4 Plus processor and a 4-inch display with WVGA resolution.
The Zenith, about which there were mixed rumors, does not exist, according to the report. It should have had a 4.7-inch screen and either a quad-core processor or a dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, depending on the rumor.
We’ll have to wait and see as the HTC event, where the Windows Phones are expected to be unveiled, is less than eight hours away.
Update: The image below is purportedly one of the upcoming HTC Accord and, as you can see, it is wearing the Verizon branding so it is safe to assume, at this moment, that Big Red will offer this phone on its Windows Phone line-up soon.