Windows 8 variant of HTC flagship rumored
By Ted Chen, The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- The market recently has been rife with rumors that HTC is poised to release a variant of its flagship handset installed with the Windows Phone 8 (WP8) operating system, a departure the company's mainstay of Android-based products.
August 21, 2013, 12:01 am TWN
According to unconfirmed reports, the handset will feature similar hardware specifications found on the New HTC One, but will run instead Microsoft's third general distribution release (GDR3) iteration of its WP8 mobile operating system. Similar to its Android-based predecessor, HTC's rumored upcoming WP8 will likely be equipped with a 4.7-inch, 1080p high-resolution display, a first for the operating system, and is poised to assist the mobile platform in competing against the slew of high-end Android and Apple devices. Other hardware highlights include 2 gigbytes of RAM, and up to 32 gigabytes of storage capacity, in addition to HTC's proprietary features such the Beats audio engine, and the Ultrapixel camera.
HTC has since issued statement denying all WP8-related claims as unfounded speculation, while declining to provide any further details.
To date Microsoft has yet to confirm a launch date for the third iteration of the WP8 operating system. Industry observers expect the WP8 GDR3 to be released toward the middle of September, rendering the release of a WP8-based HTC flagship handset by the end of this year unlikely.
Meanwhile, concurrent reports indicate the opposite, that the ailing handset maker may be seeking to formally end partnership ties with Microsoft. To date WP8-based handsets currently commands a scant 3.7 percent of the global smartphone market, with Nokia maintaining a staggering 80-percent hold on the niche in contrast with HTC's 5 percent. Nokia remains the sole exclusive WP8 handset maker, while manufacturers including Samsung and HTC have not released any WP8 handsets since last year.
Most notably, reports indicate that unlike Google's Android, manufacturers of WP8 phones are subject to operating system licensing fees.