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UPDATED:HTC Passion to hit Verizon in early 2010 with 3.5 OLED display?

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UPDATED:HTC Passion to hit Verizon in early 2010 with 3.5 OLED display?
From the moment word leaked about an Android version of the superstar spec'd HTC HD2 heading to Verizon, there was plenty of electricity in the air. Perhaps it was only a static shock. According to DigiTimes, the HTC Passion will be coming to Verizon, but not this year as was hoped. Instead, with the Taiwanese manufacturer working on the model's software,  the word is that it will be early next year when this puppy is released. And while some of the device is similar to the HD2 such as the 1GHz Snapdragon chip under the hood, the Passion will not be equipped with the 4.3 inch display that the Windows Mobile phone features. Instead, the Passion is going to come to market with a 3.5 inch OLED screen according to the report. The handset will  be running Android 2.0-or most likely 2.1 -by the time this CDMA version of the Dragon is launched. Disappointed a little?

HTC Passion Preliminary Specifications

source: DigiTimes via Engadget

*UPDATE*
The story gets more interesting. According to the source of the HTC roadmap story that we reported on earlier today, the HTC Passion is actually the Bravo as seen on the roadmap. The Bravo is expected to have a 1GHz Snapdragon processor and does feature a 3.7 inch AMOLED capacitive display. The model is supposed to launch in April 2010.

source: xda-developersforum

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:44

1. mulda71 (Posts: 42; Member since: 25 Jun 2009)


yup. Tired of waiting, on to plan b.

posted on 07 Dec 2009, 20:08

32. JackFace (Posts: 190; Member since: 03 Nov 2009)


Agreed. Stop lowering your standards, people! We've been waiting for the 4.3 inch screen, and now that it is not, everyone seems to say, "Oh, that's okay." Retarded!

posted on 07 Dec 2009, 07:37

2. dandirk (unregistered)


3.5" screen... not what was expected but not bad. Should help batt life with that 1Ghz processor. Makes complete sense though, don't want to completely blow away the droid...

posted on 07 Dec 2009, 08:08

3. deschats (Posts: 193; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)


well im sort of glad. i was getting annoyed that i kept having to look up info on this but instead for christmas i will happily get a droid because unlike all of you i am not insanely picky and i think the droid is rather pretty. merry christmas!

posted on 07 Dec 2009, 08:38

4. vzwman (Posts: 385; Member since: 26 Oct 2009)


?????????????????? i got both motodroid & droid eris, so the passions display would be similar to that of eris but amoled i wana see how that would look

posted on 07 Dec 2009, 08:52

6. rjt185 (Posts: 257; Member since: 11 Jun 2009)


Omnia II = 3.7 AMOLED. So you def got a VZW reference point.

posted on 07 Dec 2009, 08:55

7. vzwman (Posts: 385; Member since: 26 Oct 2009)


tru

posted on 07 Dec 2009, 08:51

5. rjt185 (Posts: 257; Member since: 11 Jun 2009)


Very interesting development. At 3.7" AMOLED we're looking at a screen that's as good as the best VZW screen right now, the OMNIA II and DROID. The 1GHZ processor and potential Android 2.1 would imply a snappier/smoother experience than the Droid or Eris or Omnia. And the lack of a physical QWERTY suggests Eris thinness. As soon as it passes through the FCC gauntlet ... and VZW CDMA frequencies are confirmed ... I'll definitely start saving up for mine. w00t

posted on 07 Dec 2009, 08:59

8. vzwman (Posts: 385; Member since: 26 Oct 2009)


supposedly active-matrix OLED displays are very good on battery life

posted on 07 Dec 2009, 09:01

9. MikeG77 (Posts: 371; Member since: 24 Nov 2008)


I would have liked a larger display mabe a 4.0 but at least we have an idea of when the device will be available. Im just curious how early its going to be coming out next yr. What does everyone think?

posted on 07 Dec 2009, 10:04

13. rjt185 (Posts: 257; Member since: 11 Jun 2009)


According to the leaked timeline April 2010. Perhaps a VZW history buff can pinpoint the "Traditional" launch windows for new VZW phones...but I think there might not be well defined ones aside from "The Holidays" or "Pre-Summer."

posted on 07 Dec 2009, 09:12

10. MikeG77 (Posts: 371; Member since: 24 Nov 2008)


oops i meant maybe*

posted on 07 Dec 2009, 09:25

11. hawk62 (Posts: 320; Member since: 21 Nov 2009)


Not surprised, the pictures have looked NOTHING like the HD2. But it does suck. OH well, I guess I wont be coming back to VZ until they get the iphone.

posted on 07 Dec 2009, 10:03

12. Schmao (Posts: 302; Member since: 05 Jul 2009)


Wow you're sad...

posted on 07 Dec 2009, 10:27

15. vzw fanman (Posts: 1971; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


Why don't you just get a droid hawk?

posted on 07 Dec 2009, 10:41

17. rjt185 (Posts: 257; Member since: 11 Jun 2009)


He'd still make his pining comments about a VZW iPhone. LOL ...it's all good.

posted on 07 Dec 2009, 12:55

21. hawk62 (Posts: 320; Member since: 21 Nov 2009)


Because I DONT want a droid. But my wife's Eriis will be here today, so unlike most I will get to fully compare the Droid Eris and the iphone.

posted on 07 Dec 2009, 12:59

23. vzw fanman (Posts: 1971; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


why do you and your wife have different cell carriers? and there are a lot of website articles and youtube videos that compare the droid to the iphone.

posted on 07 Dec 2009, 14:09

28. hawk62 (Posts: 320; Member since: 21 Nov 2009)


Because i have a family VZ plan, but left this summer for the iphone on ATT. I hate ATT, have compliants about ATT but VZ had no phones I wanted.

posted on 07 Dec 2009, 15:11

29. vzw fanman (Posts: 1971; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


you know i don't want to be a broken record but why not get the droid?

posted on 01 Jan 2010, 15:39

38. jherz6 (Posts: 215; Member since: 23 May 2008)


Really sad, With vzw going ga ga over the droid and the other android based phones what makes you think there going to still get the iphone?

posted on 07 Dec 2009, 10:26

14. rehnhart (Posts: 103; Member since: 27 Mar 2009)


This works out good for me. I really wanted to jump aboard the Android ship and get a Eris or Droid, but my contract is not up until June 2010. So, it looks like thats a good thing and worth the wait.

posted on 07 Dec 2009, 11:53

20. vzw fanman (Posts: 1971; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


get a droid!

posted on 07 Dec 2009, 17:08

30. rehnhart (Posts: 103; Member since: 27 Mar 2009)


LOL!! Everybody says that, get a Droid. I would if it wasn't for the whole $500 cost of buying the Droid without contract. At least by waiting, I will have a third choice and possibly a better phone in the HTC Bravo/Passion.

posted on 07 Dec 2009, 10:39

16. ChiefD23 (Posts: 16; Member since: 27 Aug 2009)


While looking and drooling over the Omnia II for so long and now hearing that a capacitive AMOLED display is on the way...I think I just have to wait and see how it looks. If it looks like the Eris, I won't be interested, I don't like the wasted space at the bottom where the trackball is. Just me though...other wise it's a pretty nice phone. I like the display of the Droid and the Eris...I would have to agree with most folks when comparing Cap vs Res screens. The finish just looks a lot better. Although, I just seen a video from Pocketnow showing off the Sense UI on the Omnia II, still some bugs, but it looks nice even with a blurry video.

posted on 07 Dec 2009, 11:12

18. neoncp (Posts: 8; Member since: 02 Dec 2009)


bummer

posted on 07 Dec 2009, 11:47

19. Hotzb22 (Posts: 103; Member since: 30 Mar 2009)


is sprint gonna get this :-(

posted on 07 Dec 2009, 12:58

22. hawk62 (Posts: 320; Member since: 21 Nov 2009)


How is it that I am the "trouble maker" for wanting the iphone and for wanting it on vz but vzw fanman only posts "get the droid" "get the droid' "get the droid" Hell, he probably has a quick key set up so it is only 1 key stroke to type.

posted on 07 Dec 2009, 13:03

24. vzw fanman (Posts: 1971; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


what makes YOU WANT an iphone?

posted on 07 Dec 2009, 13:07

25. rjt185 (Posts: 257; Member since: 11 Jun 2009)


ROTFLMAO, you make a VERY GOOD point. My guess is that within the bounds of a VZW related post his "get the droid" would be sensible as the Droid is in VZW. While wanting the iPhone in VZW while still VZW related would pretty much be "out of place" in most articles outside those that speculate on the virtues of a VZW iPhone. From my side, it's nothing personal, I think the iPhone in VZW would be pretty damn cool, but I shy away from allowing it to be that "pipe dream" as there are plenty other models to come that can provide a similar experience without as much of a "leap." I've been a VZW customer since moving to the US. So I'm pretty fervent in my belief as slowly but surely have seen a good percetnage of my close friends and relative migrate from all kinds of carriers into VZW. ps: Plus it's always fun to have banter ... keeps things interesting.

posted on 07 Dec 2009, 20:20

33. YouLostTheGame (Posts: 441; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


Ha! If it makes you feel any better HAWK, I'm with you. I would enjoy very much an iPhone on the VZW network. I HATE the keyboard on the Droid, but other than that, I like the looks, usability of the Droid. I like the Eris, but think the trackball at the bottom is redundant on a touchscreen device; and if I were to get an Android powered phone, I'd want the OS 2.0, which the Eris doesn't have right now. And honestly, with the way Android is really shaping up lately, I'm interested to see where it can go by the time I get my upgrade next year. Not set on any of VZWs phones right now, enough to make me pay retail at least.

posted on 07 Dec 2009, 22:20

35. vzw fanman (Posts: 1971; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


i love the keyboard, it's a lot better than on my old voyager.

posted on 08 Dec 2009, 19:41

36. YouLostTheGame (Posts: 441; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


Ha! I think all of us "regulars" on here know how in love you are with your Droid;) Keep enjoyin. I'm sure it's better than your last Voyager, but after having a virtual on my BB Storm, I'll never go back to a physicla keyboard again. I just can't help but think how much weight/bulk Moto could have shaved off w/o the physical QWERTY.

posted on 09 Dec 2009, 10:59

37. vzw fanman (Posts: 1971; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


i had the bb storm also and i still like the droid keyboard better...

posted on 07 Dec 2009, 13:22

26. mthoren68 (Posts: 66; Member since: 21 Sep 2009)


This sucks. So my NE2 was up last April, and I decided to wait for the Omnia II. Then the Droid was leaked (Sholes, whatever), so I was waiting for that. Then the Passion gets leaked (which seems to be exactly what I want) with an expected release of 12/9 or 1/10, and now we're looking at 4/10? One of these days I will learn to quit waiting for the "next best thing," especially when it comes to technology.

posted on 07 Dec 2009, 13:53

27. arty2hottie (Posts: 2; Member since: 03 Dec 2009)


I hear ya. I still have the old env 2 and have been looking to upgrade for the last few months since I am eligible this month for the upgrade. It started out I was interested in the storm 2. Then I saw the droid and fell in love with that. Then the passion looked interesting, I need to stop looking at these websites and just get a phone. At this rate I will just keep waiting for the next best thing while I am stuck with my crappy env 2.

posted on 07 Dec 2009, 20:22

34. YouLostTheGame (Posts: 441; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


Also, I'm not positive about this, but when I checked awhile back, I thought I saw that an NE2 credit goes away after a given amount of time. You might have screwed yourself out of a free credit, wishing for the next best thing.

posted on 07 Dec 2009, 19:18

31. vzwman (Posts: 385; Member since: 26 Oct 2009)


everyone with a android should check out the forums at droidforums.net

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