At the start of 2009 HTC's phone line-up leaked out. Over the ensuing months, the information leaked proved to be highly accurate. Now a set of slides purporting to show HTC's 2010 plans are out for for all to see (Engadget). One thing is clear from the get-go; Android is now HTC's golden child. Of their four phone categories (Design/Lifestyle, Social, Performance, Productivity) all but "productivity" were dominated by Android handsets. WinMo only shows up for business handsets these days, it seems.
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First off the HTC Legend, sequel to the Magic, will be off to T-Mobile in March. This device has a 11.4mm metal frame, a 5 MP camera, 3.2" AMOLED screen, and an optical pad. Next up, the Salsa has a portrait-oriented QWERTY keyboard, 3.2 MP camera, and a 528 MHz processor. It'll be out in June, and probably aimed for the cheap seats.
The HTC Tide brings a new design aesthetic to the table. It's got a full touchscreen AND a numeric keypad. The camera is 3.2 MP and the processor is a standard 528 MHz. The Tide will hit in April, and should cost next to nothing with a contract. The Buzz, on the other hand, won't be quite so cheap. This T-Mo bound smartphone has full HSPA, a 5 MP camera with auto-focus and a flash, and a changeable back-plate.
Under the "Performance" section, we've got just one smartphone, the Bravo. That's fine, because this mobile looks like exactly what Android fans have wanted for months. The Bravo has DivX support, 720p video capture, and a 5 MP camera with auto-focus and a flash. The screen is a mighty 3.7" AMOLED display, and the processor is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 1 GHz. The Bravo hits in April, which isn't nearly soon enough for me.
All the WinMo 6.5 phones were clustered under the 'productivity' heading. There's the Photon, with a 3.2" capacitive display, 5 MP camera, and 600 MHz processor. It also comes in April. The Trophy has a portrait QWERTY keyboard, 3" capacitive display, and 600 MHz processor. It ships in May. The Tera closes things out with a sliding QWERTY keyboard, Touch Pro2-style design, and 3" WQVGA resistive touchscreen.
The designers at HTC have definitely been working overtime these days. The Bravo has a chance of becoming one of the hottest phones on the market, if they devote a proper ad budget to it. Every Android fan and his mother is going to wait with bated breath for this slim, OLED-packin' piece of techno-wizardry to launch.