Monday, December 7, 2009

HTC First Half-2010 Android Lineup Leaked, Looks Very Promising.

By Benedict Wee

Android and Me has gotten the scoop of HTC's newest mobiles, slated to be released in the first half of 2010.

The 5 android-powered smartphones, categorized into three categories -Design/Lifestyle, Performance and Social- come from a leaked brochure that was handed out in Vienna, Austria on October this year and though the specs and designs might be altered throughout the course of development, we at least have an idea of what HTC's got up their sleeves for the coming year.


Phone code-name: Legend
Expected release date: March 2010
Processor: Qualcomm MSM 7227, 600MHz
Impressions: Looks like a slightly modified Hero. Not particularly interesting.

Phone code-name: Salsa
Expected release date: June 2010
Processor: Qualcomm MSM 7225, 528MHz
Impressions: The first Android phone to run on a QWERTY/bar model similar to RIM's BlackBerry models and the Nokia E-series mobiles. Perhaps this phone is an attempt at getting converts from the people who use such form-factors.


Phone code-name: Tide
Expected release date: April 2010
Processor: Qualcomm MSM 7225, 528MHz
Impressions: A traditional-looking phone which targets the tweenies who still use numeric keypads. The "social" category and the slower processor (which means a lower priced phone) also leads one to believe that the Tide's for the younger generation .

Phone code-name: Buzz
Expected release date: May 2010
Processor: Qualcomm MSM 7225, 528MHz
Impressions: Also with a slower processor, the phone might end up in the budget section of phones and replace the position the Tattoo currently holds.


Phone code-name: Bravo
Expected release date: April 2010
Processor: Qualcomm QSD 8250, 1GHz
Impressions: I guess the category says it all. This will be HTC's first 1GHz phone running Android and though its screen is smaller than the HD2, you can expect the Bravo to run the best video/music/games compared to the other HTC Android handsets as they've got DivX playback and Dolby-quality sound.

So there you have it. Looks like it's gonna be an exciting year for HTC (and Android). I've got my eyes on the Bravo as it looks much better than the Acer Liquid and has a more masculine-vibe than the Sony Xperia X10. Can any of the mobiles shown tempt you into trying out Google's mobiles OS?


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