After signs of an HTC One mini and HTC T6, both variants of the HTC One, we have word about a Windows Phone 8 smartphone that will be based on the flagship’s design.

Neowin reports that a new Windows Phone 8 device by the company will not be a replica of the HTC One, but instead will borrow several design elements to solidify the design identity of the company. The website’s source said the display of the forthcoming device will be between 4 and 5 inches in size. It could very well be the same SuperLCD 3 panel that is used in the HTC One.

Not exactly like this, but something similar

Not exactly like this, but something similar

We don’t have confirmation or any inkling about the camera specs of the device, but it would be a surprise if HTC doesn’t go with an UltraPixel camera that is also a USP of the HTC Butterfly S, which was recently launched.

The new device will have a mostly metal body, Beats Audio and will run the General Distribution Release 3 (GDR3) software version of Windows Phone 8, which brings support for 1080p displays. The GDR3 update will also enable Windows Phone-oriented OEMs to use the new Qualcomm chipsets such as Snapdragon 600 and 800 SoCs. It is expected to be available for all OEMs by the end of the year.

It must be noted that GDR3 is not the same as Windows Phone Blue or Windows Phone 8.1, whatever name Microsoft chooses to go with. The Blue update will arrive in early 2014, with the first devices running the OS hitting stores in Q1.

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