For anyone whose followed my twitter (@domineus), you would’ve noticed that for a period of time, I used the HTC One series of Android devices (specifically the One S and One X). In spite of some issues that were reported on both devices, the One series was aesthetically pleasing, had a great camera, and overall provided a great user experience. But in my use, I kept wishing that Windows Phone could have the One series in some fashion. That wish may come true if the recent rumors from the people at the verge are true. Windows Phone will get similar hardware that powers the One series of devices.
On the low end of things, the HTC Rio is expected to have a 4.0 inch WVGA display, a 5-megapixel camera with 720p, and fauxg (or the standard 14.4 Mbps HSPA) all powered by the MSM8227 Snapdragon S4 plus. Next comes the HTC Accord, which shares some striking similarities to the HTC One S with a 4.3 inch display, 8-megapixel camera with 1080p video, and 42Mbps (4G). Unlike the HTC One S, the HTC Accord will trade the Amoled display and the 960×540 resolution with 720p and Super LCD2 with 1 GB of RAM with a better dual core processor apart of the Snapdragon S4 Plus line. Finally, the top tiered device in the HTC Zenith will pack a 4.7 inch 720p Super LCD2 with 8-megapixel camera, 42Mbps HSPA+, and a quadcore processor (if the phone is familiar to the HTC One X, well it does). The devices will be shipping this year with the Rio and Accord landing in October and the Zenith launching in the fourth quarter of this year.
For a moment, let’s consider this. On the one hand, I hate it when a company hot dogs a device because it looks so similar, it looks like a rehash. The message it gives users is that it’s a rehash why buy from them? Frankly, the rehash cuts down on production costs and saves the company resources that should be given to the consumer (in theory) while maintaining a quick release schedule. Try as you might, it’s difficult to consider any OEM that hasn’t rehashed a design ad nauseum on Windows Phone (including Nokia). That said, I am loving that one of my secret wishes for Windows Phone came true and it leaves me far more excited knowing HTC is pulling out some big guns.
Now how about a 16 megapixel Zenith?
source: the verge