We've been pestering HTC for a new Android smartphone with a physical keyboard for months now, and it looks like they've quietly acquiesced. njuskalo.hr managed to grab a few live shots of what's believed to be the HTC Vision, pretty much the HTC Desire blessed with a slide-out QWERTY 'board.
T-Mobile's latest QWERTY Android phone, the myTouch 3G Slide, is just a week or so from launch, but over at Android Community they already have a unit in hand and are sharing an unboxing and some first impressions. HTC-made, the myTouch 3G Slide has a 3.4-inch HVGA capacitive touchscreen, Android 2.1 and a slide-out hardware keyboard, and comes in a rather dashing hard carry-case.
Google weren't shy about confirming Android 2.2 Froyo's star features at Google IO yesterday, but definitive timescales about when Android-addicts (other than developers) could actually get their hands on the OS were in short supply. That's beginning to slowly change, with the official Google IO Twitter account announcing that the Nexus One would get Froyo in the "next few weeks". As for other manufacturers, so far only HTC have stepped up with their plan.
Sometimes a leaky rumor comes along that you desperately want to believe, and here's a good example. Tmonews and PhoneDog reckon that T-Mobile are preparing to launch the Sidekick Twist, an Android-based handset made by HTC (but bearing the Sidekick brand) with a hardware QWERTY keyboard, 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and a whopping 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display.
As bizarre press photo choice go, we can only speculate what was running through the addled minds of T-Mobile USA when they picked this touching feathered scene for the new T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide. Are they suggesting the well-rumored handset is ideal for protective parents looking to keep in touch with their offspring? Or is the myTouch 3G Slide itself the new baby: monochrome and slightly odd looking?
Metaphor aside, the myTouch 3G Slide is the latest Android smartphone to T-Mobile's network, running OS 2.1 on a 3.4-inch HVGA touchscreen together with dualband 3G UMTS/HSPA, WiFi b/g, quadband GSM and Bluetooth. There's also a slide-out QWERTY keyboard for easier text entry, though T-Mobile have also preloaded the nifty Swype keyboard for faster on-screen input. Alternatively, a new "Genius Button" automatically triggers the Android voice recognition system, or reads your SMS messages out loud.
Windows Phone 7 may be just around the corner, but we're still expecting a few new handsets based on the outgoing version of Windows Mobile to be launched in the intervening months. Acer's neoTouch P300 was announced at MWC 2010 back in February, a WinMo 6.5.3 device with a hardware keyboard and European 3G. Check out our full review after the cut.
It's not just HTC pushing out Windows Mobile 6.5.3 smartphones despite Windows Phone 7 being due at the end of the year. Details of a new LG handset, the LG VS750, have emerged, which will apparently launch on Verizon's network come mid-April 2010. A touchscreen slider with a full QWERTY keyboard, the VS750 will support global roaming with EVDO Rev.A for use in the US and quadband GSM with UMTS/HSPA for when owners are abroad.
Windows Mobile runs on a 3.2-inch WVGA resistive touchscreen and there's WiFi b/g, Bluetooth and a 3.2-megapixel camera with VGA video recording. Memory is 512MB flash and 256MB RAM, along with a microSD slot content with up to 16GB cards.
The HTC Legend has landed, and you know we've wasted no time in putting the new Android 2.1 smartphone in front of a camera for a video unboxing. Announced last month at Mobile World Congress 2010, and set to hit shelves across Europe sometime next month, the Legend is the spiritual successor to the much-loved HTC Hero but with a new, unibody twist. Check out our hands-on shots, first-impressions and unboxing video after the cut.
While Apple may be ostensibly going after HTC with this latest round of legal wrangling, it's starting to look like the Cupertino company is actually looking to take on Google. HTC's devices - spanning Android and Windows Mobile - have been name-checked across the board, but Apple's case saves some serious bile for their Android implementation. Meanwhile, examination of the specific patents in question raise questions about whether Apple's target really is the device manufacturer, or in fact the underlying platform on which so many of their recent smartphones have been based.