The HTC W8 could spearhead HTC’s return to the Windows Phone market, as the company reportedly ditches plans for a super high-end Android flagship.

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HTC is said to be prepping a flagship Windows Phone device codenamed W8, after more than a year of absence from the Windows Phone scene.

HTC was said to be working on a Windows Phone device based on the 2013 HTC One, but that never came to pass, perhaps because of the constant losses the company has been going through in the last few quarters. With the W8, the rumor mill is now pitching a Windows-flavored variant of the Taiwanese manufacturer’s newest One flagship, with @evleaks hinting at a Q3 release on North America’s largest carrier.

According to @evleaks, the W8 will also sport features like stereo BoomSound speakers and the Duo camera that debuted on the HTC One M8, but those are the only details offered by the notorious leakster. If the similarities in naming are anything to go by, we’ll like see the HTC W8 sport pretty much the same hardware as the M8 while being powered by Windows Phone 8.1, though probably with a design that is reminiscent of existing HTC Windows Phone devices like the 8X and 8S.

With HTC’s plans for a Prime variant of the One M8 reportedly on hold, it looks like the W8 could be the next best thing to look forward to. It would be interesting to see what the W8 will offer – with Nokia’s hardware business now under Microsoft’s umbrella, the time is ripe for manufacturers to make their presence felt in the Windows Phone market, and HTC might just be able to turn some heads by matching Windows Phone’s clean and sleek look with its critically acclaimed hardware design and craftsmanship.

Source: Evleaks