Is this HTC’s lineup for 2009?
This article contains unofficial information.
The Iolite was revealed last week by Expansys, but here we also have pictures of its CDMA/GSM version Twin and even its successor, the Magnet. Beryl will be a low cost phone, probably a replacement of the Touch Viva.
Topaz (three versions) and Cetrine may be the successor of the Touch Diamond, with the same faceted back in some variants and rather slim profile. The D-pad however is gone, allowing for a (larger) wide screen to be available. Unfortunately, the camera still lacks flash, so it won’t be as good as the OMNIA’s once again. There is a version for AT&T, but we guess that there will also be European GSM and CDMA models.
Rhodium (two versions) and Tungsten (two versions) family are rumored to be the QWERTY variants of the Touch HD, with huge touch sensitive displays. Strangely, none of them seems to pack a 3.5mm jack. There are versions listed for Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile, but strangely, none for AT&T.
The ex-largest U.S. carrier will get the Barium to replace the Fuze, and the Jasper C will take the place of Sprint’s Touch Pro.
Firestone looks as a slimmer Topaz with 3.5mm jack – maybe this will be HTC’s multimedia friendly smart phone. The Whitestone is a large tablet-like device with a built-in stand, which will be handy for watching video/TV or reading the net or documents. The Thoth is obviously the replacement of the X7510 Advantage.
On the Windows Mobile front, there is also a trio of candybar phones with landscape displays and full QWERTY keyboards - the Willow, Cedar, and Maple. The first one is expected with Sprint, but having in mind the Maple is a 3G version of Excalibur, we may finally see the replacement of the T-Mobile’s Dash.
Last but not least, there are a few phones expected to run on the Android OS. The Hero looks as a QWERTY-less version of the G1, the Sapphire will spread the Google operating system across the world and the Memphis looks as a Sapphire with QWERTY.
Today, Digitimes quoted a Chinese-language Commercial Times report that HTC has already received orders for eight new phones, from a number of carriers, including the major ones in the States and Vodafone. According to the article, part of the WM phones will be announced during the MWC 2009 in February, and the Android devices will come in the second half of the year. We’ll be at the MWC show, so if there is anything new, expect our hands-on report.
source: WMPoweruser and DIYPDA (Translated)
2. Legion (Posts: 397; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)
I feel spoiled. No more HTC surprises for a while I guess then.
3. SellPhones82 (Posts: 363; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)
If the WinMo ones are running 6.1....no thanks. Hopefully any that launch 2H will have 6.5 or MinMo 7 if we are real lucky. Other wise its Pre or Android for me. I've read were the Sapphire is going to be the G2. I just want to know who is getting the Memphis.
8. Kiltlifter (Posts: 742; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)
You know that people are already working to "hack" android onto other phones. Android is supposed to be an open platform OS so technically it will be able to work on everything.... eventually. I have a Verizon XV6900 (HTC Touch/Vogue) and I can run a fairly decent beta version of android on my phone right now. HTC makes a quality device and pretty soon you won't be limited to anything... if you gain some basic technical knowledge and know-how.
10. SellPhones82 (Posts: 363; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)
I have seen where people have loading a semi working version of Android on the original HTC Touch and Touch Dual. I just wonder how long after the release of say the HD Pro we see fully working versions or if it ever gets to that point. I've read up on it but most of it is over my head since I have never really attempted to load a second of OS but would like to give it a try as long as I don't brick my phone. Are you running Android off an SD card or is it flashed on the phone? You still have WinMo on it as well correct?
12. Kiltlifter (Posts: 742; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)
yes I do. XDA has a good tutorial on how to do it. HTC devices are really hard to brick. PPC Haven also has very knowledible people too. I don't use the android as it is still glitchy, but give it another year and I think the OS will rock. I do run the os from my SD card, i would suggest an 4GB card if you plan on doing some quality hacking
4. Galen20K (Posts: 498; Member since: 26 Dec 2008)
Brilliant, simply Brilliant Lineup I couldn't be more Excited! - D
5. awesomeanthony (Posts: 51; Member since: 24 Dec 2008)
Why is the diamond taking so long to cme out for Verizon? Why doesn't Verizon get very many Palm's or HTC's? Is Verizon not into making phones for their business customers? Serious questions. Please answer objectively. There's not a lot of that anymore on this site. haha
6. Jyakotu (Posts: 813; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)
Wow, HTC has been busy. Will AT&T get any new HTC phones soon?
7. pa156287 (Posts: 23; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)
is it just me or dont all the phones look the same, and probably running winmo 6.1, so whats the difference.
9. Jedi~El (Posts: 3; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)
So glad I got a Samsung Omnia i910. LOVE IT ! (so do my co-workers - who all jumped on the HTC Touch Pro bandwagon. They're hatin' now.)
11. stuntz (Posts: 177; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
omnia is nice, but cant beat the keyboard of the HTC touch pro! Hopefully one of those phones listed going to sprint will run android, seeing spirnt is an OHA memeber.
13. michaelearth (unregistered)
Do you guys think any of these new phones will come out for Alltel? Thanks