Before HTC announced the Windows Phone 8X and 8S, it was rumored the company would release another device alongside them, which was given the codename Zenith. Since it didn’t arrive at that time, there was a chance it was going to turn up in the second wave of Windows Phone 8 hardware, due in 2013.
However, according to a Bloomberg report, HTC has now canned the Zenith because its screen tech would have rendered it out of date before it even managed to go on sale. The phone was apparently scheduled to have a 4.7-inch screen with a resolution inline with other Windows Phone 8 devices, however this would make it lower than several competing devices sporting 1080p screens.
The HTC 8X has a 4.3-inch display with a 1280 x 720 pixel resolution, which is the best Windows Phone 8 can deliver, meaning the Zenith would offer the same resolution only matched to a slightly bigger screen. HTC has recently released the Verizon-exclusive Droid DNA with a 5-inch, 1080p display, a spec which is expected to be very popular in the coming year, and could be questioning whether another big-screen phone with a lesser resolution would add anything to the range.
While the resolution wouldn’t have made the Zenith stand out, the rumored quad-core Snapdragon processor may have, given it would have been one of the first Windows Phone 8 handsets to use such a powerful processor.
There was renewed interest in the Zenith at the beginning of this month, when a Microsoft Xbox Rewards survey asked players which phone they were most excited about, and the list featured the iPhone 5, Lumia 920, Droid Razr Maxx HD, the Galaxy S3 and a device named the Titan III. Previous HTC Titan phones have used Windows Phone and featured 4.7-inch screens, making it possible this would be the Zenith’s release name.
Sadly, if you were excited about the Titan III, it doesn’t look like you’ll be queuing up to buy one any time soon.