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A look at HTC's planned Windows Phone 8 lineup

Reports say that the handset maker is planning three new Windows Phone 8 lines, including the high-end, quad-core "Zenith" line.

Windows Phone 8 is quickly gaining enough friends to throw a decent party.
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It's official. Windows Phone 8 does have other good friends in the mobile world besides Nokia.

The Verge is reporting information from a "knowledgeable source" that says the Taiwan-based company is planning three lines of smartphones that will run Microsoft's new mobile OS. While the "Rio," "Accord," and "Zenith" lines sound like inexpensive cars dressed up with sexy names, they've got some heft under the hood, er... battery.

The Verge's source says Zenith will be the high-end line, with an expected 4.7-inch Super LCD 2 display, quad-core processor, NFC support, 8-megapixel camera that can grab 1080p and 42Mbps HSPA+. The midrange Accord phones have a slightly smaller 4.3-inch screen and dual-core hearts. On the lowest rung is the Rio line with a 4-inch WVGA display, 14.4 Mbps HSPA, 5 megapixel, 720p capture and a Snapdragon S4 processor.

The Rio and Accord will roll out first around October, with Zenith coming later in the final quarter of the year. That doesn't mean you should plan your mobile device purchasing plan around this report though, to be clear. This information seems completely believable and worth reporting, but it is coming second-hand, and there's numerous reasons that things could change or be delayed, Microsoft and supply chains being what they are.

Nonetheless it will be interesting to see if Zenith or Accord phones make it on to anyone's holiday 2012 wish list. I know I'd be much more interested in one of these Accords than one made by Honda.