Blurry pictures, unidentified industry sources and social networking sites are where we expect to learn about unreleased smartphones, but the latest one has come from a most unlikely place; the Xbox Live Rewards system. An eagle-eyed gamer spotted a reference to an unreleased device in a survey on Microsoft’s online gaming portal, and quickly let WPCentral.com know all about it.
The phone is the HTC Titan III, and it appeared in a list of top-end smartphones which formed the multiple choice answer to the question “how excited would you be to receive each one of the following smartphones as a holiday gift”. Those taking the survey had to give each phone a score out of five, with five being extremely excited. The Titan III was joined by the iPhone 5, the Motorola Droid RAZR Maxx HD, the Nokia Lumia 920 and the Samsung Galaxy S III.
Both previous HTC Titan phones have used Windows Phone 7, so it’s not a big stretch to imagine a third Titan phone would run the same OS again, only this time it would be Windows Phone 8. Before we were introduced to the HTC 8S and HTC 8X, they were leaked as the Rio and the Accord, and were joined by the Zenith, which subsequently never officially launched. However, back in September, the president of HTC China dropped several hints a new, big-screen Windows phone was in the works.
Could the Titan III be the street name for the Zenith? It was rumoured to have a big 4.7-inch screen, the same as previous Titan phones, but also a quad-core processor. Windows Phone 8 supports multi-core processors, but so far nothing above a dual-core chip has been used in a Windows phone. So, is it a prototype which will never be released, or will it come along during Microsoft’s second wave of Windows Phone devices next year, bringing with it the OS’s first quad-core processor? There isn’t an answer to any of these questions just yet, but using a scale of one to five to show how excited we are to find out more, we’d have give the Titan III a solid five.