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Windows Phone 8 powered HTC Tiara heading to Sprint as early as May

Windows Phone 8 powered HTC Tiara heading to Sprint as early as May

New details show that the Windows Phone 8 powered HTC Tiara will showing up in Sprint stores across the country by late spring. While T-Mobile, Verizon and AT&T currently feature the stunning HTC 8X, Sprint’s HTC Tiara seems to have more in common with the HTC One SV than its WP8 counterpart.

The HTC Tiara is rumored to features a 4.3-inch WVGA display, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, an 1800mAh battery, 8 megapixel main camera, 1.6 megapixel front-facing camera and a dual-core 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. The only real difference between the HTC Tiara and the HTC One SV appears to be the Tiara’s 8 megapixel camera sensor. We’re not sure why Sprint chose to order a custom low-end Windows Phone 8 from HTC when the HTC 8X has proven to be one of the best WP8 options currently on the market.

The exact launch date of the Sprint HTC tiara has not been locked down yet, but the device is expected to go on sale in May or June. Since AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile are currently selling the HTC 8X for less than $100, we would be shocked if the HTC Tiara were to carry a price tag higher than $30 with a two-year contract.

Source: The Verge, UnwiredView

About Nick Gray

Tech enthusiast, Android user and founder of the first HTC blog – Nick Gray has been blogging about HTC phones before most people knew what a smartphone even was. Over the years Nick has owned and tested dozens HTC devices and is constantly flashing new ROMs to his Android phones.

  • SimonH

    With win 7.8 & the 8 life cycle to end next year, and Microsoft unwilling to say what happens then or if they’re abandoning mobile after the flop of surface, why would any sane person buy a win mob device?

    • DavidC

      Why? Because In my opinion because the Windows phones are cool. They are more fun/fresh than iOS and more stable than Android. I have an iPhone 4s, iPad 2, and HTC EVO 3D & Surface tablet. I am TOTALLY bored of the iOS phones my mother and grandmother have, and unimpressed with the Android phones my little tween nieces/nephews have.

      Flop of surface you say? Well there is certainly no flop of windows OS. So I do not foresee any flop in Windows tablets. Many of us prefer the Surface because it’s straight from MS and is beautifully built.

      Furthermore, most business and government work is done on Windows OS. More and more of us are wanting/needing the portability of a tablet but cohesion with Windows.

      For example, I am a State Auditor. All my audit programs and databases are designed to work with/on Windows. Also I own a real estate business. MLS and other RE industry programs are only for Windows OS. I would like a phone to add to that cohesion.

    • Chris N

      Well, the more people buy them, the better the chances they won’t end there. The fact is that Windows 8 is a fun, intuitive operating system on a computer (as long as you have a touchscreen) and Windows Phone rocks! My wife and I have had Windows Phones since they came to Sprint. They really do rock. My college daughter said she would trade her iPhone 4s for one in a heartbeat except that there are too many things that she can only do with her friends if they all have iPhones.

      Microsoft has made a terrible mistake not marketing Windows Phone enough. In my opinion, they beat the shit out of Android and iOS (I’ve had three Android phones, one Android tablet and an iPad 2).

  • Charles Goin

    It’s a fallicy to say Windows Phone 8 won’t be supported after next year. Thats because a update to 8.1 will be for all WP8 phones, and if you you don’t update you won’t need support as you apparently won’t care about updating software.

    As for 7.8 I was a patch for the old Win7 phones for the most part and those of us that have them realize our support died a while ago. If we want the new OS and support we need to get a new phone.

    The one problem there though is that there is no QWERTY option for WP8 yet, and many of us QWERTY fans are still on old Dell Vue Pros, Sprint HTC Arrives, or old Blackberries. I am currently sticking with my DVP for a while longer.