Smartphone company HTC has been all over the headlines recently, stepping out of the shadows and releasing two high quality models in the MTeoR and TyTN. Now its roadmap has fluttered onto the web and it leaves us more than a little wet around our most delicate areas.
A quartet of new models have appeared just two weeks after we got a sneaky look at the HTC Excalibur. Let’s break them down.
First up we have the Melody (top left). This model isn’t a million miles away from the Sony Ericsson W950i and like that hyper stylised beauty it packs a huge 2.8in QVGA touch screen display and 4GB of NAND flash memory. 128MB of ROM and 64MB of RAM make this a serious contender while the 2MP camera and microSD expansion slot mean the camera-less MemoryStuck W950i should be quaking in its boots.
WiFi, an FM radio, Bluetooth and the ever present edition of Windows Mobile 5.0 are also found here and it’s set for release in Q4.
Beating it by a quarter and therefore due any moment is the HTC Oxygen (top right). This candybar handset doesn’t quite grab the imagination like the Melody with a 2in 176 x 220 screen and 1.3MP camera, 64MB ROM and 64MB RAM, but it at least sport WiFi, Bluetooth and microSD expansion slot along with Windows Mobile 5.0.
Not a million miles away from the newly released TyTN is the HTC Trinity (left). From this shot we can’t tell if it has the same sliding thumboard or is closer to a PDA but it will again sport that tasty 2.8in QVGA touchscreen display, be powered by a 400MHz Samsung CPU, be HSDPA compatible, have wireless g, a 2MP camera, miniSD slot, Bluetooth and Infrared.
So no, I still can’t tell it apart from the TyTN.
Rounding things off nicely is the cavaliering musketeering Artemis (right). It will be the company’s first handset with onboard GPS and looks to be a follow up to the Wizard (also known as the T-Mobile MDA in the UK) since it has identical features - apart from its 2MP camera – and facelift. Again this is a Q3er which probably explains why it’s so sensible.
Another change I’m proud to report is the apparent abandonment of the tacky Motorola-esque shortened model names. ThY WeR gTTiN VRY iRITaTiN.