Upcoming HTC handsets to come in new and thrilling form factorsThis article contains unofficial information.
Actually, One & Co is fully owned by HTC, but has been granted operational freedom, i.e. works as an independent consultancy with its members dealing with projects for other companies like Microsoft, Kodak and Nike. In an interview for Forbes, one of the leading designers, Claude Zellweger, discloses more details about the basic ideas that the latest products of the Taiwanese manufacturer have been built around. Judging by the HTC Hero and Tattoo (that is expected to roll out this October), the Android-based handsets have a joyful design, come in more joyful colours and feature exchangeable panels, while the Sense interface is modified so as to allow more capable social networking. These devices are generally aimed at ordinary users, since the Google-made operating system is still below par in terms of business functionality (although we expect this will change really soon). The protruding chin that is not present on the Tattoo and the Sprint version of the Hero, will probably return to the upcoming devices of the manufacturer, because it´s part of the distinguishing design elements that people associate with HTC.
The next Windows Mobile handsets by HTC will remain austere and business-oriented, but this certainly doesn´t mean they are unappealing - we all know the extremely attractive smartphones like the HTC Touch Diamond2 and Touch Pro2, not to mention the pictures of the HTC Leo (also called the HD2) that have been recently leaked on the Internet reveal the handset is surprisingly thin, despite its most impressive set of functions. The growing use of new materials like the Teflon coating present on the white version of the HTC Hero makes for a thrilling trend as well. Such novelty features are to become more common with expensive models of the manufacturer, because they will make them stand out from the cell phone crowd. Moreover, Mr. Zellweger promises future handsets with new and thrilling form factors. We cannot wait to see what the HTC designers will surprise us with.