During the Windows Phone Summit, Microsoft revealed a list of OEMs who will release the first Windows Phone 8 devices "this fall", according to Live Side. The list of OEMs includes Nokia, Huawei, HTC and Samsung.
In addition, HTC made an announcement regarding its support for Windows Phone 8. "HTC is committed to Windows Phone more than ever and we are excited to be bringing new Windows Phone 8-enabled smartphones to customers later this year," said Peter Chou, CEO of HTC Corporation. "With the introduction of Windows Phone in 2010, Microsoft initiated a new powerful mobile ecosystem with a consumer experience that was both unique and user friendly."
"HTC is one of our closest partners and we share a common goal in driving people-centric innovation, which makes it easy to work together. We can't wait to see how HTC brings Windows Phone 8 to its product portfolio," said Terry Myerson, Corporate Vice President of Windows Phone at Microsoft.
The company has not revealed detailed information about the upcoming smartphones that will make their debut this fall. The folks at The Verge have managed to get information about the smartphones from a "knowledgeable source". Reports suggest that there will be three HTC Windows Phone 8 devices.
Starting with HTC Zenith which is expected to come with a 4.7in 720p Super LCD2 display. It is expected to be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core processor, while the RAM is unknown. It could be released in the fourth quarter of 2012. Next, there is the HTC Accord featuring a 4.3in 720p Super LCD 2 display and powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon (MSM8260A) processor. It may ship 1GB of RAM. Both HTC Zenith and Accord are expected to come with an eight megapixel camera.
Lastly, there is HTC Rio featuring a 4in WVGA display and powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon (MSM8227) processor. It is expected to ship 512MB of RAM. Both HTC Accord and Rio could debut this October. The phones will add support to Near Field Communication (NFC), according to Live Side. However, there is no official announcement about the device's specs, so it can be taken with a pinch of salt.