By Stephen Schenck | January 18, 2013 4:31 PM
Windows Phone news has been hot this afternoon, and the stories keep right on coming. Lately, Sprint has finally started warming up to Windows Phone 8, after taking a very hands-off approach for the platform’s launch. We’ve already heard the carrier talk about its intentions to bring some WP8 models from both HTC and Samsung to its subscribers this summer. Today, there are some new FCC certification documents available for us to peruse, and while they look like they could show an HTC Windows Phone model getting ready for Sprint, they also bring up some questions regarding just what we’re looking at.
First off, this is clearly an HTC smartphone that operates on Sprint’s LTE band. That much is certain, but what interests us is whether or not it’s a Windows Phone device.
The phone’s model number, PL80110, seems to suggest that it’s a variant of the HTC One SV Android phone, which has already surfaced as model PL80120.
Then there’s just when this testing was done, which documents indicate occurred in the fall of last year. Sprint had said that it wasn’t planning on using six-month-old models when it finally launched its WP8 lineup, so this all sounds like it’s happening way too early to be some of that new hardware.
If that was the end of the story, we’d be all over the One SV theory. Problem is, in at least one of the many documents contributing to this certification paperwork, model PL80110 is clearly described as a Windows Phone device.
Maybe that last bit was just a typo. Maybe HTC has thrown model number organization to the wind. Maybe Sprint reconsidered how long it wants to wait for Windows Phone 8. At this point, we really just can’t say, and all we know is that model PL80110 sure has done a nice job at making us scratch our heads.