A Closer Look at Windows Phone 8 Lineup

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There’s such a point of view that Nokia isn’t the only friend of Windows Phone 8. The Verge claims to have obtained interesting information on the subject from some reliable sources. The Taiwan-based company is about to launch three lines of smartphones supporting Microsoft’s new mobile operating system. Though such lines as Accord, Rio and Zenith are somewhat similar to cheap vehicles dressed up with quite sexy names, but they feature precious bonuses under the hood.

The Verge’s source states that Zenith is expected to be the high-end line, featuring a Super LCD 4.7-inch display, NFC support, quad-core processor and an 8-megapixel HSPA+ camera capable of taking 1080p at 42Mbps. As for the midrange Accord cell phones, they’ve got a tiny 4.3-inch screen and boast dual-core chips. The lowest rung exhibits the Rio line having a 4-inch WVGA display, a 5 megapixel camera, 14.4 Mbps HSPA, 720p capture and a Snapdragon S4 chip.

Both the Rio and Accord are likely to become available to customers in October, while Zenith will probably come out later by the final quarter of this year. Certainly this report seems to be uncertain and even suspicious, so it makes sense to delay working out a purchasing plan for this stuff until things become clear. On the other hand, this information sounds quite believable, though customers should keep in mind that it’s a sort of second-hand, and therefore due to a number of reasons everything may change or even get canceled. Anyway it wouldn’t be surprising to see both Zenith and Accord in anybody’s holiday wish list.

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32 Responses to "A Closer Look at Windows Phone 8 Lineup"

  1. GQB says:

    Accord sounds nice :)

  2. crazychester says:

    It’s a shame they don’t have a phone that supports the 768 resolution.

  3. matrix07 says:

    I expect todays single core WP devices will be next years free/ pay-as-you go options. One thing though, we’re still looking at Qualcomm SoCs, I wonder how long till we see devices with TI and Samsungs own SoCs showing up? Not to mention nVidia etc? At least 2013 looks to be pretty competitive. If HTC is going to have 3 new models I expect at least 3 from Nokia as well, a new 7×0, 8×0 and 9×0 model. Samsung will probably have 2 devices though, and they’ll probably be Galaxy clones, :-p

    • dutch says:

      I have the first gen Samsung Focus and it has served me well (including a 32GB sd card ) but I am hoping that HTC or Nokia do something unique for WP as Samsung’s recent hardware designs are lazy and boring.

  4. MACchine says:

    The only company that will have anything unique to WP8 will be Nokia. These htc’s all sound like clones of their current lineup and samsung has already said they will clone the gsIII. If you want original designs Nokia is the way to go.

  5. Cubit says:

    I’m digging the new start screen :)

  6. Dlux says:

    Honda Accord is not a bad car, BTW.

    • BertP says:

      I have one, it’s a nice generic car. Doesn’t breakdown, all right acceleration, not that great top speed (but then again I don’t find the need to go over 120mph), all around good gas mileage. Not great, but for its price range the Honda Accord is a good car.

      The phone…well we’ll see, honestly I think windows phone will go the way of zune. Different, but ultimately dying out.

    • anakin1992 says:

      That made me laugh out loud.

  7. 709 says:

    Not that they had much of a choice, it was part of the deal they did with Microsoft over Android patent protection cartel,.

    HTC have to be REALLY careful, the last time they took their eye off the ball and messed around with a failed OS (Windows Phone 7), They lost all their momentum to Samsung. They have only just got their winning ways back again with the One series.

    • LewysBlackmore says:

      Windows Phone 7 has been successful so far comparing it to the same early stages of its competitors’ life cycles.

  8. Galley says:

    What about the carriers they will be on? Verizon I hope will get some new phones.

  9. Aquafire says:

    ‘Zenith’ looks amazing. I want to see what Nokia and Samsung comes up with. But in reality, I’ll probably get the flagship one that comes to market first from one of those manufactures.

    • Kenneth says:

      those = HTC,Samsung or Nokia

      • Jetz says:

        Don’t count out ZTE. I think they’re going to release some of their best hardware ever and they’ll need to if they really want to carve out a piece of the market here.

  10. kcmac says:

    Where is the variety? The only difference seems to be res and hardware….I really hope im not dissapointed….

  11. BertP says:

    The news for WP8 devices is not the spec sheet. The news will be the carrier, specifically what phones are coming to Verizon.

  12. Harald says:

    There is no quad core snapdragon for phones, all phones must use s4 pro

  13. MacUsers says:

    So in other words still nothing for Verizon.

  14. echosonic says:


  15. freelander51 says:

    A One X with WP8 would be pretty damn cool

  16. bullhead says:

    I think Verizon is expecting something High End for WP8… Got a feeling that a Zenith may be heading to VZW in Q4

    • future-ex-pc-user says:

      Hopefully Qualcom can handle LTE+QuadCore if not we’ll be looking into the same situation as Android.

  17. cdhostage says:

    I got a feeling that the world is running out of code names….Zenith? Dont they make tv’s…Accord….isnt that a middle of the road car. Rio…Isnt that a Aveo wanna be.

  18. applenut says:

    I would be surprised if we didn’t see at least one of these on Verizon, with it’s own exclusive name to make it seem like the Big Red has an exclusive “WP8” phone.

  19. alliance says:

    The last rumor has Nokia building a WP8 high end device for Verizon, no word if that’s a release device or specific specs though.

    • Gizzmonic says:

      Man I hope it’s true. Where I live (SoCal), reception indoors at home is zero on AT&T so it pretty much means Verizon only for me.

  20. jimdad says:

    The One X8, the One S8 and the One V8.
    Hmmm, that’s a mouthful.

  21. DimMok says:

    i hope T-Mobile gets a decent WP8 phone

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