HTC's 2010 roadmap leaks
In an exact repetition of last year's events, the entire HTC lineup for the first half of 2010 has leaked out of an office somewhere, and is now floating around on the web.
There's a selection of eight handsets - five Android and three Windows Mobile 6.5. They're being sorted under Lifestyle, Social Performance, Productivity categories, with the first three representing the Android handsets and the last one covering the three Windows Mobile phones.
Under "Lifestyle", there's the Salsa and the Legend. The Salsa has a QWERTY keyboard on an extended "chin" below a 2.6-inch landscape touchscreen and will be released in June.
The Legend, on the other hand, has a full 3.2-inch OLED touchscreen, looking a lot like a slightly upgraded Hero. It has an optical trackpad rather than the trackball, along with an interesting two-tone design. It'll arrive in March.
In the "Social" category, there's the Tide and the Buzz. The Tide has a physical keypad as well as a 2.7-inch touchscreen and is pictured sporting Android with a new bit of Sense interface called Friendstream - it's likely that this is an attempt to emulate Motorola's Motoblur functionality. It'll arrive in April.
The Buzz is slightly higher-end, packing a 5-megapixel camera rather than the Tide's 3.2-megapixel snapper. It also uses Android, and has a 3.2-inch capacitive touchscreen, along with what appears to be interchangable backplates with different available designs. It should show up in May.
Under "Performance", there's just one handset - the very intriguing-looking Bravo, which will have a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, large 3.7-inch AMOLED touchscreen, a 16GB microSD card and 1400mAh battery. It's due to arrive in April.
It's labelled as HD ready, and should be able to capture 720p video through its 5.0 megapixel autofocus camera, which also comes with a welcome flash. It'll be packing Android, as well as an optical trackpad, and "Dolby" is listed under "special features", suggesting that high-end audio is also on the cards.
Lastly, the "Productivity" category is home to the Windows Mobile 6.5 handsets - the Photon, Trophy and Tera. The Photon has a 3.2-inch capacitive touchscreen, 5-megapixel autofocus camera and 600 MHz processor. It should be arriving in April.
The Trophy carries a QWERTY keyboard next to its landscape 3-inch capacitive touchscreen. It most other respects it's identical to the Photon, including the former's processor and 5-megapixel autofocus camera. It's touching down in May.
Lastly, the Tera will be a sliding QWERTY - HTC's first since the original Android phone, the G1. Sharing a lot with the N97 in terms of design, the Tera will have a 3-inch resistive touchscreen, a 3.2-megapixel camera and the same processor as the other Windows Mobile devices. There's no date for this one, yet.
So which of that list above are you most looking forward to? We can't wait to get our hands on the Bravo, which looks like it'll be the star of the show, with its huge OLED display and Android OS.
It's clear that HTC is focusing the majority of its energies now on the Android platform. Arguably, however, it's the only company so far to see much success from Google's OS, so it'll be interesting to see how that situation develops in 2010.