You’re all familiar with Windows Phone 8 (Apollo) the OS, right? If not, you’re in luck, as some Mobot chap has ably summed up the main features in Eight things you need to know about Windows Phone 8. Whatta guy.
That’s the software, but what about the hardware? Won’t someone please think of the hardware?
There’s nothing entirely official in the way of Windows Phone 8 smartphones just yet, but thanks to ye olde rumour mill, we have a vague idea what the big Windows Phone OEMs have planned.
Of course, Windows Phone 8 raises the hardware ceiling, paving the way for manufacturers to come in and raise the roof with some super-sexy multi-core handsets.
How do you want to do this? By manufacturer? You got it.
Nokia is arguably Microsoft’s favourite friend, what with Ballmer and Elop being lovers ‘n’ all, and fans of the Finns are keen to see how they’ll follow up the Lumia 610, Lumia 710, Lumia 800, and Lumia 900 (phew).
Chinese site WPDang (dang!) recently suggested we’d see two new Windows Phone 8 handsets at Nokia World on September 5, namely the Lumia 910 and Lumia 920.
We’ve also been hearing about a mysterious beast called the Juggernaut Alpha. Best. Name. Ever. If the WP Bench stats are to be believed, it’s the nippiest Windows Phone to date – 50% faster than the second place HTC Titan.
Oh, and not forgetting that Nokia’s senior VP, Jo Harlow, recently confirmed that the Nokia 808 PureView’s camera tech will make its way to Windows Phone. Eventually.
Samsung likes to keep a finger in any and all pies, and it was indeed a Windows Phone 7 launch partner. However, it’s been keeping a decidedly low profile as far as Windows Phone is concerned lately, though admittedly there’s only so much you can do with those strict hardware guidelines.
Anyway! Samsung’s Windows Phone 8 plans are perhaps the most concrete of all, having been officially outed in a recent courtroom brawl with Apple. How does “Confidential & Proprietary” sound?
Firstly, we’re told to expect a Samsung Windows Phone 8 flagship in the form of the Samsung Odyssey. Specs include a 4.65in Super AMOLED HD display, 8MP rear camera, 2MP front shooter, and 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm MSM8960 processor.
There’s also the Samsung Marco, with a 4in Super AMOLED WVGA display, 5MP rear camera, 2MP on the front, and – like the Samsung Odyssey – a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm MSM8960 processor.
Both the Samsung Odyssey and Samsung Marco are said to include compatibility with NFC (Near Field Communication) and 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution).
Taiwanese manufacturer HTC has a newfound liking for releasing handsets in threes, ticking off (in the good way) low, mid, and high-end. For examples, we met the HTC One V, One S, and One X at this year’s Mobile World Congress.
We’re told to expect a full trio again when HTC reveals its debut Windows Phone 8 players.
Starting at the bottom, we’ve got the entry-level HTC Rio, with a 4in WVGA display, 5MP rear camera with 720p video capture, 512MB of RAM, and a Qualcomm MSM8227 processor.
Jumping up the spec ladder a tad, there’s the HTC Accord, with a 4.3in Super LCD 2 display, 8MP rear camera, NFC support, 1GB of RAM, and a “beefy” dual-core processor.
And finally, there’s the HTC Zenith, with a meaty 4.7in Super LCD 2 display, 8MP rear camera with 1080p vid cap, and an unnamed quad-core processor. Yowser.
Huawei will definitely be looking to bring an Ascend device to Windows Phone 8, as confirmed in a recent press release. No specs or anything just yet.
Sony is keeping its options open with regards to Windows Phone, but appears to be very much focused on its Android plans for now.
And Motorola is now owned by Google, so, y’know…
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