In a recent post by B3ler3fonte, HTC?s new upcoming lineup of phones for 2010 had been thoroughly detailed. These devices fall into 4 different categories that HTC sees themselves as targeting, those being Design/Lifestyle, Social, Performance, and Productivity.
In addition to that, there will be no less than five Android OS based phones and only three Windows Mobile 6.5 based phones. This shows HTC?s commitment to both Google Android as well as Microsoft Windows Mobile considering the fact that there are so many new Android devices on the market today. Many people questioned whether or not HTC would stick to their obligation of releasing Windows Mobile phones and it appears, for now, they have kept that promise/contract. We expect them to follow through with this promise most likely until Windows 7 Mobile which will most likely decide the fate of the Windows Mobile Phone OS. From the looks of it, Google is charging to conquer the handheld space and it doesn’t look like Apple’s iPhone OS or Windows Mobile can stand ground against this charger. Still, in the numbers game, we’ll see what will happen in the battle of Symbian vs. Android.
Now, getting onto the phones? There are the Legend and Salsa which fall into the Design/Lifestyle categories. There is also the Tide and Buzz which fall under the Social category. Under performance, though, there is only one phone. The Bravo. And last but not least the Photon, Trophy and Tera which round out the Productivity category.
Now, if one were to break down the phones based on their operating system, one would place the Tera, Trophy and Photon under the Windows Mobile 6.5 group. Now, this leaves us with 5 other devices that are Android based those being the Salsa, Buzz, Bravo, Tide and Legend. Now for the phones themselves?
Legend is an Android based touch screen only phone with a high quality 3.2" AMOLED with a 5MPixel Camera. Due out in March 2010.
Salsa is also an Android-based phone featuring a QWERTY keyboard and a 2.6" touch screen and has a 3.2 MP camera. Due out in June 2010
Tide is an Android based phone that features a 2.6" touch screen, and a 3.2 MP camera. This phone does not have a QWERTY but it does have a dial pad/numerical keyboard. Due Out in April 2010.
The next phone carries the name Buzz and once again HTC opted to go with Android as the OS of choice. This phone features a 3.2 inch capacitive touch screen (like the iPhone) and has a 5MP camera that has a unique face tagging feature. Due out in May 2010.
Bravo is the second phone in the HTC lineup with a 3.2" AMOLED capacitive touch screen.
The difference between this phone and the Legend is that its processor is running almost twice as fast as the Legend?s and it is running the Android operating system. Yes, this phone is based on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 1GHz SoC chip, combining ARM Cortex-A8 core with advanced graphics capabilities. Also, because of the high quality screen, HTC opted to install a 5MPixel camera on this device with 720P HD Video capture capability. This is probably a great feature for those who love to take quick videos but hate the quality of videos on phones. Due out in April 2010.
The Photon is the first of the phones that runs Windows Mobile 6.5.
It also has a 3.2" capacitive touch screen, but this is not one of the high end AMOLED screens which give better colors, contrast, and sharpness – HTC kept the transflective TFT LCD panel for this one. This phone also features a 5MP camera with autofocus but no 720P HD video capture – you have to have a Snapdragon powered phone to be able to do that. The processor on this phone is also very similar to all of the other phones except for the performance Bravo. Due out in April 2010.
Trophy combines Windows Mobile 6.5 with a QWERTY keyboard and capacitive touchscreen.
This phone featurs a 3.0" capacitive touch screen and a 5MP camera with autofocus similar to that of the Photon. The key benefit of this phone is that it has a QWERTY keyboard which enables better texting and emailing while still being in a candy bar form factor. Due out on May 2010.
Last but not least is the Tera, which rounds up the productivity group also running Windows Mobile 6.5.
The reason that all of the phones in the productivity section run Windows Mobile 6.5 can most likely be attributable to the fact that Windows Mobile phones come with Windows Mobile Office which enables you to write and read Word documents, Excel documents and view Powerpoints. Microsoft OneNote is supported as well, pitching this handheld This phone looks eerily similar to an already released phone, the Touch Pro 2. Also, this phone has a resistive touch screen unlike that of some of the other phones which are capacitive. In addition to that, this phone features a 3.2 Megapixel camera, which further mirrors those features in the already released Touch Pro.
As you can see, more and more phones this year will be featuring the lower power OLED screens. In HTC’s case these are AMOLEDs which are the same screens that are in the Zune HD and the Cowon S9 digital music players. As a result, one can expect the thinness of phones to increase due to the fact that these screens are almost as thin as a sheet of paper, just a few mm more. These screens also provide for a brighter, sharper and overall better looking image and we recommend you look for phones with AMOLED screens simply because they’re better than the rest. It seems to look like 2010 is the year of the OLED.
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