HTC Zenith, Accord and Rio are Windows Phone 8 devices, rumoured to launch as early as October

Ian Hardy

June 21, 2012 10:47am

Yesterday Microsoft showed off some upcoming Windows Phone 8 features and HTC was one of the manufacturers to hop on board to announce their commitment to the platform. In a press release Peter Chou, CEO of HTC, said that “HTC is committed to Windows Phone more than ever and we are excited to be bringing new Windows Phone 8-enabled smartphones to customers later this year.”

Reading that above statement shows they plan on releasing several smartphones and today their WP8 roadmap has leaked online, along with specs of 3 devices. According to a post on The Verge, HTC will launch the Zenith, Accord and Rio. Apparently the Zenith is the flagship device, while the Accord is the mid-level and Rio is the entry-level.

As for specs, the “Rio” will have a 4-inch display, a 5-megapixel camera that shoots 720p HD videos, 512MB memory, a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. The “Accord” is expected to have a slight bump up in specs with a 4.3-inch 720p Super LCD 2 display, 8MP that records 1080p HD videos, 42Mbps HSPA+, NFC support, 1GB of RAM and a dual-core processor. The Zenith will sport a 4.7-inch 720p Super LCD 2 display, 8-megapixel sensor, 42Mbps HSPA+, but will feature a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor.

Microsoft stated that the new Windows Phone 8 devices will be available “this fall.” However, these HTC devices are rumoured to ship within the next few months. The Rio and Accord might possibly be available in October, while the heavy hitter Zenith coming for the busy Q4 period. No word on prices.

Source: The Verge

  • zzzZZZZzz

    I’ll give the Accord a try, but quadcore W8 phone?! Hope it does come out 🙂

    • Anthony

      Me too, 4.3 inch 720p screen is the perfect size-resolution ratio for me!

    • MoneyPenny

      Looks like they learned the Sony, Nokia-lesson and will offer SD support!

      Now if they have AT LEAST a 1500mAh battery they will sell fine and will have no trouble filling the Nokia-RIM.
      As long they they don’t add up the pride of RIM and NOKIA together and price their NEW, phones with a NEW Ecosystem as something as established as Android or iOs, they will sell well.

    • WP8 = Too little, too late.


  • Sean

    What about LTE I would assume the devices would include I t

    • Anthony

      Yes the higher end ones would almost 100% have LTE. What the Verge got from their tipster was regarding the international versions, which don’t have LTE. The national carriers (AT&T, Rogers, etc) will add in LTE with their correct frequencies when it gets released.

    • monsterduc1000

      No LTE? Pass on this.

  • gwydionjhr

    For some reason, ZTE is MIA for building a WP8 device.

  • HerpDerp

    1280×768 AND 1280×720?


  • Brad F

    Super LCD 2? Finally! So much better than the PenTile AMOLED screens we’ve been seeing lately.

  • boojay

    I find it amusing that HTC assumes “flagship” means the device needs to be a tablet.

  • lilsuzy

    bold 9700 still has the specs to beat any new device including the windows 8 phone. bold 9700 uses special RIM processer which is really fast!

  • Tomatoes

    Hmmm that sounds quite good although so did the One X and that sucked. The 4.3 inch 720p sounds right up my alley though. Oh well. I can’t buy another phone for awhile and not sold on Windows phone yet. Although they sold me on the surface tablet.

  • Tomatoes

    I have a feeling HTC is going to concentrate more on Windows now unless the One series sells a lot.

  • aregularonhofo

    My Lumia 710 will do until the new Nokia 8’s come out…with regular updates unlike many Androids I have time.

  • SetZ

    Tbh, personally I prefer a 4.3 screen size even if it’s for a flagship device, not too small or not too big. 4.7 is just a bit too big for a phone.

  • John

    im wondering if i shud get the one s or wait for this