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Good news if you’re hoping to pick up a new Windows Phone(s msft): there’s a lot of new hardware coming down the pipe in the coming months, if a series of leaks is to be believed. Three new devices, to be exact — a high-end HTC phone similar to the HTC One M8, and two new Microsoft-made devices.
First, HTC, an original Windows Phone partner, is said to be coming out with a new device — which appears to be old hardware running the Windows Phone 8.1 operating system. According to reports from Engadget, The Verge, and leaker Evan Blass, HTC is preparing a version of its HTC One M8 running Windows Phone for a release later this quarter. The device is expected to have HTC’s unique hardware features, including its front-facing BoomSound speakers and its distinct Duo camera.
But wait, that’s not all. Microsoft is said to be planning two new devices as well, according to Tom Warren at The Verge. The first phone has been in development under the code name Superman, and is shaping up to be a mid-list 4.7-inch device with a 5-megapixel forward-facing camera. Microsoft device chief Stephen Elop reportedly called it a “selfie phone” during an internal meeting.
The other rumored Microsoft device is more premium: codenamed Tesla, it is said to be a Lumia phone with a PureView camera. While it’s hard to pin down a price, Warren believes it will replace the Lumia 720, which retails for $330 unlocked.
None of the devices have been officially announced, but judging by details associated with the leaks, they are all expected to launch soon. Android Police thinks Microsoft Stores are gearing up to sell the HTC device on August 21, and an internal Microsoft memo from earlier this month said that new high-end Lumias are “coming soon.” Regardless of exact release date, all three phones are expected to be sitting comfortably on store shelves by the important holiday shopping season.