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New phone will reportedly draw features from the Android HTC M8 and/or A9, be dubbed "HTC W8"

HTC Corp. (TPE:2498) has dabbled with Microsoft Corp.'s (MSFT) Windows Phone.  The HTC Radar was an early Windows Phone 7 device, released back in late 2011.  That release was followed by the HTC 8X and 8S in Sept. 2012.  Since then HTC has fallen quiet, but that could soon change.

At the 2014 Computex show in Taipei, Taiwan, Microsoft VP of OEM Partners Nick Parker commented to reporters:

I'd love to break some news here [about HTC Windows Phones] if I could.  But instead I'll just say that Microsoft will continue to have a great relationship with HTC. New things are coming, so get excited.

Microsoft VP Nick Parker
Microsoft VP of OEM Partners Nick Parker [Image Source: CNET]

The new Windows Phone 8.1 device is reportedly dubbed the HTC W8 (or possibly the HTC One W8).  It will allegedly incorporate the Duo 3D cameras found in the latest HTC One M8, as well as the M8's BoomSound speakers.  Some say the new Windows Phone will be similar hardware-wise to the M8, while more sources seem to be leaning towards the device packing a mid-range spec, analogous to the upcoming HTC A9, an Android smartphone.

Microsoft recently dropped licensing fees for Windows Phone, making the platform much more attractive to OEMs.  Using Windows Phone over Android can save OEMs up front anywhere from $5 to $15 USD, due to the cost of licensing Microsoft patented software features found in Google Inc.'s (GOOG) Android OS.

These perks have drawn a number of new OEMs onboard in recent months.  However, many of these OEMs seem rather disinterested in pushing large volumes of Windows Phone product, treating it as more of an experiment.  Microsoft remains largely the singular flagbearer of the Windows Phone platform with its acquired Nokia Devices unit.  Windows Phone is currently sitting in third place in the global smartphone market, behind market-leading Google and second-place Apple, Inc. (AAPL).

Source: CNET





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