HTC working on a new Windows Phone, rumoured to be a One variant


HTC is believed to be working on a new Windows Phone, according to reports. It's said the upcoming device will not be a complete re-hash of the HTC One, a popular Android handset, but it will take some cues from the metal flagship smartphone.

We're supposedly looking at a screen size between 4 and 5 inches and will be constructed with a body made from metal. Beats Audio and Windows Phone GDR3 are said to also be included. If this is the case then this rumour could be a while off, if true.

Neowin's source states that the HTC Windows Phone is expected to be announced in the fall and will arrive later in the year. While not confirmed, HTC could also be using its Ultrapixel technology for the camera too. We've previously commented in the past how we'd very much like to see HTC simply load Windows Phone 8 on its Android flagship and we'd be happy bunnies, but if we were to see a more serious launch from the company, all the better.

We're already beginning to see GDR2 hardware with the Lumia 925, but it's interesting to see what we could be experiencing later in the year (or when Microsoft eventually releases the GDR3 update). Microsoft is expected to introduce support fr 1080p displays and quad-core processors on Windows Phone 8, which HTC could take full advantage of.

Source: Neowin


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HTC working on a new Windows Phone, rumoured to be a One variant


Ummm, I had a One for a few weeks and blinkfeed was a pretty closed environment imho. Hardly a variant of WP live tiles. It would display Facebook and calendar stuff but nowhere near as slick and clean as the ME tile integration. I came running back even tho blinkfeed was the only thing I DID like about sense 5 and android. And the 920s camera is better too;)

TMO 925... Sheeit TMO dropped the ball on 710 no update to 7.8 and 810 does not exist any more on TMO. See the pattern. And you think they want drop 925 like a bad habit. Only thing you can depend on is Nokia's quality. There no support from TMO. They still have good service.

Love the one. 3 of my buddies have it and love it. And as much as I would love the one with wp8 on it, the 41 megapixel camera phone will be the one getting my money.

I have an 64GB HTC One. The speaker went to shit after a month. I need to get it replaced. Other than that, I love the phone. Hopefully they bring the IR blaster too. You can control TVs, Cable boxes, DVD players, even your Xbox with the IR blaster.

If Nokia ever sells out, MS needs to throw there weight behind HTC.

I love my HTC One! It's my favorite phone mostly because the screen and the boomsound is just wow! So if they make a wp version you will all love it too.

The thing I like about the One is it's design. HTC actually made an attractive design when it came to the ONE. So I wouldn't mind a HTC one variant with Windows Phone. But with HTC... I always stay apprehensive.

This would be epic. Hopefully it sees the light of day on WP. HTC's implementation of the 8X is a great device, though I wish Nokia would stop getting exclusive rights to several apps. Exclusivity contracts hurt the WP8 app store.

True... but would be sweet if they licenced out their Nokia Exclusives. 
HTC Eight:  Featuring the Nokia Collection!

I mean, the Nokia exclusive are such a differentiator, it's hard to recommend anything but a Lumia phone to people. And that's kinda a big problem if the platform wants to grow out faster.

People would complain about Nokia exclusives a lot less if HTC and Samsung pulled their weight some more in offering exclusive stuff.

Okay, finally... after hundreds, and hundreds, (ok, maybe dozens) of comments someone FINALLY speaks the truth!
HTC brings virtually NOTHING to the table.

It could help if HTC was getting 1 million dollars a year and preferential treatment from MS

+1 people always forget that Nokia are the only OEM getting paid bucketloads, while the others have to use their own cash

Nokia works hard and earns those exclusives rights; HTC is doing nothing. Don't blame Nokia or MS blame HTC

My friend got an HTC one and its a nice looking machine.  I disliked HTC sense UI though..it was kind of wierd and convoluted compared to my dad's S4 (far more straightforward).
In any case they'll probably call it HTC 8 or heck it might be better if they called it HTC Blue.

Nice news, I've always thought if samsung brings some devices like the galaxy S4 (that doesn't require too much effort, look at the Ativ S) on WP8 they would bring some people too. There's some people who just follows the brand, not everybody is an android fan.

If this is true and came with 32gb of storage, I would actually skip the 925 and all that Nokia offers for it. Speakers on the front? Heck yeah! Not so sure about the "ultrapixel" camera on it though.

Yeah and that's my only issue-waiting even longer. I may just get a 520 which I briefly handled in the T-Mobile store today to hold me over.(If this is true)

The 520 is nice for the price and quality if you want to wait for HTC. I like the 925 design and I like HTC also but the support is what I want with all the goodies Nokia's give for free, also HTC phone is more money.

Yeah I'm with you on the 925. The design is gorgeous. But what's the point if they release it after the EOS announcement? It should be released before 4th of July or it will just be bad timing but Nokia without a doubt has the best support and customer service with WP.

Actually you're right. I visited the Android Central forums and looked at the photos forum for the HTC One and was really impressed.

It does throw nice pics. But HTC gave to much hype they had the nerve to say forget pureview. I'm sorry to say but 920, iPhone 5, and galaxy 3 gives u way better pic. Quality. Never diss no one unless you study your enemies

They did a good job with the 8X I'm using. They need to keep Nokia on their game since no other company is willing. I have to say though...Nokia's support is Very good.

Interesting , But if they are bringing their UltraPixel Technology , They need to create their own Camera app\lens\whatever . from my understanding Camera software is a big part of the Equation , Hardware alone ain't gonna cut !

This put a smile on my face.  If the ultrapixel rumor is true, that means MS is also working "closely" with HTC just like they are with Nokia (EOS). 

Honestly, as much as I like Nokia, I'm afraid WP will not survive with just one dominate OEM...HTC and Nokia (...and others) need to innovate to keep the platform interesting.

With the release of a new WP from HTC, does this mean all updates on their other WP devices will follow HTC's trend and hault updates?

I don't currently use an HTC device, but I still own my Titan II.

Is it that hard to design a WP and Android phone side by side using the same designs changing only the processor and display? Why can't we get a WP variant two months after the One? I'd think HTC could capture more sales with a WP variant coming out before the HTC One design gets old.

Yeah I like the HTC one but i seriously doubt that HTC could sway me from Nokia. Nokias support and track record alone makes me scoff at HTC efforts. That's basically like picking the hot guy with little to no substance over the average Joe with way more to offer in my opinion :) but good to see that HTC is potentially working on another quality device.

It's more like Nokia is the handsome rich guy and HTC is the average guy who can't compete while the rich guy is flashing his money around and hogging all the attention :P

Im thinking this might be the case as welll.  Which would be a good thing.  Havent heard nothing from it but if HTC and Nokia are pushing for these additional feature support perhaps MS has pushed it forward?
You just cant compete with new Android devices (which are always on the bleeding edge) without the bleeding edge hardware.  They just take all the fire away from everything else (even though the lesser devices get announced later, but with little fanfare compared to the flagships)

Omg! I love One! Since Nokia is going to be sold to Huawei and specialize in cheap android clones (see previous threads), this might be my next phone.

More of a Nokia user myself, but the HTC one would be my phone if I was an Android user. I like the design. Also, it can only be good for WP to get more choice.

Just a thought whatever HTC Android phone a user had I think they'd be happy with a HTC one but are the titan owners happy with their 8x it just seems as more thought goes into their Android phones so why would a WP user buy a HTC phone they still want something that will replace the titans and we supposed to believe that will be a HTC one "clone" when that hardware design will be outdated by then I really wish HTC and Samsung gave a damn but they don't

HTC is the next best option behind Nokia for WP devices. They're phones are so much better then the galaxy lineup. I hope they get back on track.

Doesn't the Windows Phone already support up to 64 cores as it is now? I believe they said that during the WP8 unveiling... I could be wrong, I can't exactly remember.

Since HTC and AT&T seem to have a good relationship, and since HTC & AT&T are both supposed to be "premier" partners, I can see this launching as an AT&T exclusive.
If it's a 4.7" screen or bigger, with the Ultrapixel tech, NFC and that industrial design, I will throw my money at the screen.

If Tmo hadn't dragged their feet on the 925, Nokia would have had my money already. With the option of an HTC One variant out there, I might just hold out. That is one gorgeous handset!

If not for Windows Phone, I would probably be using an HTC one. I like the device and would love to see a One inspired Windows Phone handset. I still believe the 8x is a gorgeous phone. Hope this is in the works!

I'm not impressed or interested in the least. I have the 928 and it is plenty fast. Faster than any Android phone that I've owned. The software is optimized for the hardware, like iphone.

Cool... I've heard very good reviews of HTC One, so I'm thrilled that HTC can still produce something interesting. Let's hope they actually market this variant when it comes out.

Awww hell yeah. I was thinking of holding off for the next L930 but this could make me seriously reconsider. I love the industrial design of HTC and the One is a sexy beast. The only thing that kept me away was the fact that it ran Android.

This would be a game changer!  So yeah bring it on!!  I'm about to buy a Lumia 920 like any day now but would gladly switch up to this once it's released.  And I was just thinking the other day how great it would be if Windows Phone ran on the HTC ONE.

HTC has been a Windows Phone Manufacturer in the past and they Can be Again. There are Plenty of us Windows Phone fans out there that are Just Waiting Patiently for a Good Quality Built Windows Phone. HTC has built that for Android with the "ONE".

Sprint is coming Very Close to a Deal with Softbank where they Will be getting an Influx of a LOT of Money to Upgrade their Network to the Global Standard TD-LTE unlike the other Cell Providers who are NOT going to be using the Global Standard for LTE.

It Will be Easier for HTC and the other Manufacturers outside of the US that Make Cellphones that Sell All over the World to be Used in the US on Sprint.

So HTC Can and Should get back to Supporting Windows Phone and make not Only a Variant of the "ONE" the Same Size, but Also make a "ONE Phablet" as well for Windows Phone.

By the end of the year, Windows Phone 9 should also be ready and RTM. That is When HTC should release the 2 different Models of the "ONE" to Sprint. HTC ONE WP9 and HTC ONE Phablet WP9.

How Many of you HTC Fans and Windows Fans would Buy either of these HTC Variants if HTC Would Make them?

i believe if HTC and Nokia work together they can save wp 8 and make it grow faster and take it to where it should be the next level . but the problem Nokia doesn't like to work well with others they are selfish.

I'm very interested in moving to Lumia, but I want to stay on T Mo and I don't want a rebranded 2012 phone.  I might go with this, despite HTC's bad support, because the One is a sexy phone. 

I like Nokia better than HTC but that could change if Nokia does a brain fart and doesn't wait this out. But looks like a good phone coming. :)

I really like the look of this phone. If it had windows on it I would definitely consider it when I'm due an upgrade.

I like the look of Blink Feed. If I was going to go back to Android, this would've been the phone I would've gotten.
Live Tiles with the graphics like Blink Feed and I'd really be a happy customer, that and if Sprint offered it.........