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HTC’s first Windows Phone 8 handsets: The Rio, Accord and the Zenith

The floodgates holding back the variety of Windows Phone 8 handsets set to arrive before the year’s end are already starting to buckle under the pressure we have what appears to be names and in some cases, images for HTC’s first WP8 devices, suspected to appear in the coming weeks.

Samsung quietly unveiled its first offering to the Windows Phone 8 camp alongside their two new Windows 8 tablets at IFA in the form of the Samsung Ativ S and we’re expecting the Nokia Lumia 920 to appear this week.

HTC Zenith leaked shot

A mix of sources from Phone Forums HK and XDA Developers have uncovered what appear to be shots of two of the three new device expected to arrive from the Taiwanese manufacturer in the form of the Rio, the Accord and the HTC Zenith – HTC appears to be emulating the same strategy it used with its new Android devices, the One Series. Despite offering three tiers of devices all appear to use capable hardware.

 

HTC Rio

The main piece of information regarding this handset is that it will enter the relatively untouched budget Windows Phone market. HTC has occupied the budget smartphone space before with Android devices such as the Wildfire 2, but as the minimum requirements of Windows Phone dropped only relatively recently it’s only now that we’ll start to see truly competitive low cost WP8 devices.

The Rio’s entry-level status means that it’s expected to receive a 4″ WVGA display, a 5-megapixel camera and 3G (HSPA) connectivity. Plus a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor not a million miles away from the one used by the HTC One S, pair with 512MB of RAM for number crunching purposes.

HTC Accord

HTC Accord leaked shots

The Accord sits in the middle of the new range with a suspected 4.3-inch 720p Super LCD 2 display, an 8-megapixel camera with 1080p HD video recording capabilities, 3G HSPA+ connectivity, a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB or 16GB of internal storage and NFC support; a new feature made capable with the introduction of Windows Phone 8.

The images above come courtesy of XDA user Football4PDA, who unearthed a render of the Accord in this rather vibrant shade of purple as well as its diagrammatical counterpart. As GSMArena points out, we hope that it’s also offered in some more relaxed tones when it officially breaks cover.

HTC Zenith

The new flagship equivalent to the HTC One X, set to take point at the top of HTC’s Windows Phone 8 lineup, the Zenith looks set to contain the best the company has to offer with regards to hardware. As with the Accord, it’s expected to feature an SLCD 2 HD display, but this time, 4.7-inches across as opposed to 4.3. What’s more it’ll feature a HSPA+ speeds much like the Accord, but trump every Windows Phone device out there with the inclusion of the same quad-core Qualcomm processor expected to arrive in the LG Optimus G.

HTC Zenith leaked shots, top, bottom

We’re not sure as to when any official unveil is scheduled, but we suspect it’ll be very soon, particularly now that Samsung has already jumped the first fence.

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