Remember how “industry sources” close to Digitimes claimed just last week that HTC was looking to “drift away” from Windows Phone 8 and focus solely on Android? Guess what, we have every reason to believe that rumor is complete bull.
Though the “Zara”, which everyone thought was to run WP8, is now almost guaranteed to come with on-board Android 4.3, there’s still a good chance at least one HTC-made smartphone will see daylight by the end of the year with Microsoft’s mobile OS pre-installed.
According to the folks over at Neowin, the thing will land in the fall and essentially be a rehashed HTC One with Windows Phone 8 GDR 3. No idea how it could be called (not HTC One W or something, I hope), but, if the website’s sources prove to be accurate, most of the original One features shall be replicated.
That means this will be one of the first, if not the first ever Windows smartphone to sport a Full HD screen and pack quad-core heat beneath the hood. The race for number one to be out and about should be between HTC’s next flagship and Nokia’s “Bandit”, though the two will not have the exact same target audience.
After all, the One is a 4.7-incher, whereas Nokia’s first “phablet” is rumored to come with a 6-inch panel in tow. But let me quickly refresh your memory as to the One’s specs to be sure you know what’s ahead.
Besides the top-notch Super LCD3 screen with 469 ppi pixel density, the device has an array of other strong suits, including an explosive 1.7 GHz Snapdragon 600 processor and 2 GB of RAM. There are also 32 GB of storage and a comfy 2,300 mAh battery, though the former can’t be expanded, while the latter is non-removable.
Regardless of that, the sturdy list of features, plus the award-winning design, make the HTC One a top-notch Android and should definitely put its upcoming Windows-based “cousin”, if real, on its sure way to becoming a blockbuster. Anyone care to disagree?