Beauty without brains.
It’s a bit like making popcorn…
After a slow start it seems Android based handsets are appearing at breakneck speed and the leaked ‘HTC Lancaster’ is latest to join the list. An apparent love child of the HTC Magic and HTC Touch Pro2, the Lancaster is a rather attractive smartphone whose specifications sadly don’t do it justice.
Beginning a wave of mediocrity is the 2.8in touchscreen (resistive/capacity – we don’t know) with bog standard 240 x 320 pixel native resolution. Following this up is a three megapixel fixed focus camera with digital zoom (so 2008) and chunky dimensions of 109 x 54 x 17.1mm (so 2007).
More encouraging is the HSUPA (HSDPA plus fast uploading), aGPS, microSD expansion slot and June arrival timeframe but this is somewhat tempered by the apparent omission of WiFi, limited codec support (MP3, Midi, Mpeg4, H.263, H.264) and a 1,350mAh battery which lags behind that of newer (and more exciting Android handsets) such as the Samsung I7500.
The saving grace for the HTC Lancaster is it looks to be a fairly low end device. The other good news is that while it is headed to US network AT&T we have no news of a UK release. A happy thought when the spec is outdone by the original (and rather mediocre) T-Mobile G1…