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HTC plotting new WP8 phones for 2013, including the ‘Tiara’

HTC will continue to juggle both Android and Windows Phone this year, with a new range of mobiles running Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 said to be in the works.

Furthermore, it’s thought that HTC will launch a phone later this year that will be one of the first to carry Microsoft’s first major update to Windows Phone 8. According to EvLeaks on Twitter, Microsoft will launch its first major update to WP8 towards May time.

At the moment the update is known as ‘GDR2’ and it’s currently thought of as what Windows Phone 7.5 was to Windows Phone 7, but for Windows Phone 8 – so a pretty major upgrade.

HTC’s first handset with Windows Phone 8 ‘GDR2’ is said to be a phone with the codename ‘Tiara’, according to the same source. Going by the specifications revealed so far it looks to be slightly similar to the Windows Phone 8X that the company launched late last year, but slightly lower in spec.

The Tiara is said to feature a 4.3-inch Super LCD2 display – the same as on the 8X – and a 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor. Inside there’s 8GB of internal storage and 1GB of RAM alongside a 1,800 mAH battery.

Camera-wise there’s an 8 megapixel camera on the back and a 1.6 megapixel camera up front. This last feature makes us think that the Tiara will be a mid-range handset, as HTC’s new favourite feature for its flagship phones is the ultra-wide 2.1 megapixel front facing camera, found on both the 8X and the new One.

Finally, the HTC ‘Tiara’ is said to be arriving mid-May. Hopefully this also points to Microsoft launching a big update for Windows Phone 8 around that time.

We’re inclined to follow the specs provided by EvLeaks thanks to the Twitter account’s impressive track record – specs for the HTC One and Nokia Lumia 920 were both predicted with great accuracy in recent months.

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