Can it really be happening again?
Just two months after a large chunk of the HTC 2009 roadmap leaked in January it seems the Taiwanese manufacturer's butter walled security has been cut through one more...
Yet again wmpoweruser has sourced the detail and now it seems we have the key specs to the company's new smartphones.
The undoubted highlight is the 'Firestone' which crams in a 3.6in WVGA display, HSDPA, a Qualcomm 8250 chipset with 600MHz CPU, 256MB RAM / 512MB ROM, an 8 megapixel camera and Windows Mobile 6.5 aka Windows Phone. A September timeframe has been put on Firestone which suggests Microsoft may just beat its anticipated Q4 release.
Playing a decent second fiddle to Firestone is the previously leaked 'Thor' - the follow up to the Athena which turns heads with a 4.8in WVGA display, Qualcomm 8250 chipset with rampaging 1GHz CPU, 256MB RAM/ 512MB ROM, a 5MP camera and Windows Phone - also due in September.
From here we see 'Whitestone' another handset with a 3.6in; WVGA display but it may somewhat drop the ball by omitting 3G (TBC) though it will feature a 5MP camera and 528MHz camera. Perhaps illustrating how touch and go the Windows Phone release date is, the Whitestone is listed as also coming in September but with Windows Mobile 6.1.
Decidedly more midrange is 'Twin' which while featuring a VGA display and Qualcomm 7501A chipset with 528MHz CPU, also omits 3G and is supplied with a 3.2MP camera. It's scheduled for June.
Lastly 'Maple' (a 3G version of the Excalibur) hits the budget sector with a 2.4in QVGA display, Qualcomm 7228 chipset with 528MHz CPU, reduced 156MB RAM / 256MB ROM, 2MP camera and Windows Mobile 6.5. While this could have appeared anytime in the last 18 months it will actually drop in May.
Downsides? Where are all the Android handsets HTC...?!