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HTC 2010 Smartphone Portfolio Leaks

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HTC 2010 Smartphone Portfolio Leaks

What a coincidence: in January this year the HTC 2009 roadmap leaked followed by detailed specifications. Now in December the HTC 2010 portfolio has leaked with specifications. Bad security or just selective security...?

Still what we find out is rather interesting with eight new handsets revealed and, vitally, a shift from HTC to producing more Android than Windows Mobile based models. The 'Legend', 'Salsa', 'Tide', 'Buzz', 'Bravo', 'Photon', 'Trophy' and 'Tera' are the codenames and you'll find full spec breakdowns for each alongside the images below.

So rather than repeat all that, let's pick out a few highlights. Perhaps most notable are the 'Legend' and 'Bravo'. The former looks suspiciously like a second generation Hero with a faster 600MHz Qualcomm chipset, tasty 3.2in HVGA AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, HSUPA, aGPS and WiFi connectivity and a 5MP camera with flash. What is more disappointing is the continued use of minimal native memory (512MB) since Android cannot install apps on microSD.

As for the Bravo, this looks like an Android equivalent of the excellent HD2 bringing a 3.7in WVGA AMOLED capacitive display, 1GHz Qualcomm chipset and connectivity and camera identical to the Legend. Here a 16GB microSD card is bundled, though the 512MB of native flash still remains. Perhaps HTC knows something about the future of Android app installations that we don't?

The Salsa, Tide and Buzz meanwhile appear set for the lower midrange/budget sector while an interesting trend is the Windows Mobile 6.5 phones are fairly dull by comparison. The Trophy and Tera in particular could've been released any time in the last 18 months with the Legend-ish 'Photon' the only notable standout.

On top of this DigiTimes has also leaked the 'Passion' an HTC Android-based 3.5in OLED capacitive touchscreen model with 1GHz Snapdragon chipset that just serves to emphasise the points I made above.


via BGR

via DigiTimes

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mohammad Rahat

December 7, 2009, 8:59 pm

Well none of the phones are as good as the upcoming Nokia phone ( http://www.domesticutilities.c... ) . Please check it out


December 7, 2009, 9:42 pm

Looks like the Bravo is the much rumoured device formerly known as the "HTC Dragon". Mighty fine it looks too.


December 7, 2009, 9:45 pm

A part of me really regrets buying a Hero this year after seeing the Legend and Bravo. Well there is always 2011, when my contract expires, to get the latest offering from htc, or any other company that can produce a good android phone.


December 7, 2009, 9:47 pm

"What is more disappointing is the continued use of minimal native memory (512MB) since Android cannot install apps on microSD."

I have missed this before & am interested as surely this puts one heck of a restriction on adding useful little bits to the phone. (I am thinking maps, tide timetable,etc)Is this situation likly to change, or is there a simple way around it?

Or have I misunderstood?


December 7, 2009, 10:07 pm

If you 'root' your phone you can add functionality such as installing applications to your SD card.


December 7, 2009, 10:43 pm

@mark Apps have to be installed to the internal memory on stock android but the apps themselves can use the sd card for storage. E.g. I use an app called feedr, a rss reader and it stores it's data to my sd card in my Hero.

The 24 month contract I went on in July is feeling awfully long after seeing the Bravo. Still at least I got a cheap deal; 900 mins, unlimited texts, 500MB internet plus a free Hero on orange all for £25 per month. It pays to complain :D


December 7, 2009, 11:02 pm


It's true that Android restricts software to being installed to the native memory for security reasons, but applications can still read data from the SD card. For example, CoPilot installs to the internal memory but the mapping data is downloaded to the SD card. In this way the internal memory usage is kept to a minimum.

It's also entirely possible that Google might figure out a safe way to run installed apps from the SD card in future. That's what Gordon was hinting at in this article.


December 7, 2009, 11:55 pm

@downbringer I know how you feel. I reckon when this contract expires I'm going to do some calculations on Sim-Free phones + Sim only plans as well as thinking very very hard before I sign 24 months away. I think 18 months wouldve been worth the extra £5, 2 years is too long in the fast paced world of the smartphone!


December 8, 2009, 12:25 am

I cant wait for that Bravo phone. I was just talking to my mate on saturday and I gave those exact specs as my Perfect phone. Wouldnt care if it was WM as opposed to android but those specs are to die for


December 8, 2009, 1:02 am

Hi, thanks to you all. not the problem I thought it was. I am greatful.


December 8, 2009, 2:06 am

@ mohammad Rahat

That was a concept from about 2 years ago! It's not even a prototype.


December 8, 2009, 3:46 am

The Bravo looks nice but I'm more than happy with my Hero for now. By the time my contract expires in a year there should be some real crackers available.

More is always better but the limited ROM hasn't caused me any issues yet in terms of limiting the installation of apps.

The biggest problem I can see facing Android is the increasing fragmentation of the platform with different 3 different versions currently in use.


December 8, 2009, 5:42 am

glad to see they've managed to tame that massive jaw thing on the bottom


December 8, 2009, 2:23 pm

A couple of observations:

Leaks from phone companies, especially leaks far in advance of the products to which they puport, tend to be inaccurate. Don't be suprised if the specs on these phones turn out to be different when they come to be released.

With relation to the limited flash memory under Android, are there any users of Android phones out there who have actually found this to be a problem? As I understand it, if the apps are written correctly, they can be very small, and use the SD card for data storage, which gets around the problem. However, there is a reason why Google will probably not change this design feature, which they have been very public about. I am referring to the fact that they see the future in web apps, rather than client apps.

That's how they have angled their Chrome OS, and they have already made public the fact that they aspire to convergence between Chrome and Android.

There is evidence for this in how they keep updating their web-based gmail app ahead of the gmail mobile client:



December 8, 2009, 5:58 pm

Google may have made their web intentions for Chrome pretty clear, but I think there's plenty of life left in installed apps for mobile devices. Their chipsets are generally underpowered and the data networks they rely on are slow and unreliable. It may be a while before mobile devices can offer a true desktop-like web experience. Until that happens I'd rather use the installed app when given the option, and I don't think that will change for quite a while yet.

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