HTC to launch Touch Slide on Monday

Rumours are starting to emerge about just what exactly HTC is planning to launch on Monday.

Previous speculation suggested the announcement of the HTC "Kii", a Windows Mobile smartphone, but with no other info or pics, it was hardly the juiciest of gadget gossip.

Now however we can reveal pics, some specs and a name - the HTC Touch Slide (aka the Juno/Nike) is supposedly one of three handsets due to debut on Monday.

The phone, unsurprisingly, has the same look and feel as the Touch, but in a vertical slider form factor with a 2.6-inch touchscreen. It's Windows Mobile 6.0 smartphone with the TouchFLO interface - that may have received a revamp.

The Slide appears to be a version of the Touch for the those who aren't brave enough to take the full plunge into a touchscreen-only device.

Although, perhaps not ideal for those who value productivity on the move, it does not have a full Qwerty keyboard, but a Blackberry Pearl-esque "SureType" style keypad.

It'll be nice and speedy as it's reported as a 3G, HSDPA, and Wi-Fi enabled handset with a 400MHz Qualcomm processor and will offer a 2-megapixel camera and microSD expansion.

What makes this reeeally interesting is that it's been leaked through a blog that appears to be set up for the sole purpose of distributing this information.

The promise of an "HTC device that is not really a phone" to launch next week is also a tantalising proposition from the new blog.

Excited? So are we. Pocket-lint will be attending the launch on Monday so will bring you the official info as near-live as we can get it uploaded...