A British e-retailer reportedly posted, then pulled, details about two soon-to-launch HTC smartphones: the Desire Z, which is code-named Vision, and the Desire HD, code-named Ace.
British retailer Mobiles.co.uk
appears to have pulled information from its site about two upcoming HTC
Reports early on Aug. 20 said the site had provided details about the HTC
Desire Z, code-named Vision, and the HTC
Desire HD, code-named Ace. However, a visit to the site and searches for the
devices now yield only gray silhouettes and badges to indicate that the phones
will be available from mobile carrier Orange.
According to Techtree.com,
earlier confirmed that the Desire Z will feature a 3.7-inch capacitive touch
screen with a resolution of 480 by 800, as well as a QWERTY keyboard. The phone
will reportedly also support WiFi, GPS,
Bluetooth 2.1, quad-band GSM, and an up-to-32GB MicroSD memory card. Powering
the phone will be Qualcomm's 1GHz Snapdragon processor.
Also included will be HTC's Sense user
interface. There has been some question about the need to continue to include
such interfaces, as future versions of mobile operating systems plan to
incorporate many of the capabilities offered by UIs. In June, however, the head
of HTC's user experience design team told
Forbes that HTC
will still include Sense on handsets,
though it will be a version that has
been modified accordingly.
In addition to noting the HTC Desire HD
details given on Mobiles.co.uk, Techtree.com reported that it has already confirmed
several more. These include a 4.3-inch touch screen, Google's Android 2.2
operating system and a Snapdragon processor. The rather-snazzy Desire HD will
reportedly also come with an 8-megapixel camera with 720p high-definition video
recording capabilities, Xvid support, Auto Face Tracking and SRS
Surround Sound. Support for Adobe Flash 10 is also expected.
Release dates and pricing information for both devices are still unknown.
In the United States, Sprint currently offers five HTC
handsets, most notably the Evo 4G; AT&T offers the Aria, Pure and Tilt 2; T-Mobile
offers seven devices, from the MyTouch 3G to the Touch Pro 2; and on the Verizon
network, customers can choose from seven handsets that include the Droid Eris
and Droid Incredible.
HTC announced second-quarter net profits of $269 million
July 30, following shipments of 5.4 million handsets. The figure represented 33
percent year-over-year growth, largely thanks to the company's alignment with
the Android OS. Since equipping its handsets with Android, HTC
has quickly established itself as a major smartphone brand in the United States.