Verizon's HTC Passion is Android version of HD2?

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Verizon's HTC Passion is Android version of HD2?
Remember that picture of a device we called the HTC Dragon that we showed you? Based on the menu key, which looked identical to the one on the Motorola Droid, we said the photos might not be authentic. Now, we have another angle on the whole story. The guys over at the UnLockr did some research and they have come up with the theory that this handset is the HTC Passion, expected to be offered by Verizon. The Passion is powered by a 1GHz Snapdragon processor and is actually the Android version of the highly anticipated HTC HD2. UnLockr explains away the similarities in the menu key between the Droid and the Passion by explaining that Verizon is trying to keep some uniformity among all of its' Android devices. It is not the HTC Desire because that is actually the Verizon branded version of the Android powered HTC Hero. The Passion is the CDMA variant of the Dragon and if it is the Android sister of the phone formerly called "Leo", that would mean a massive 4.3 inch display, unparalleled speed, amazing features and specs, and plenty of drool among Verizon customers.

source: theUnLockr



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23 Comments

1. hmcougar09

Posts: 137; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

I like this phone, I think I may just wait for this one! Love it ! :]

16. Fanboys Suck

Posts: 609; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

Screw drool from Verizon Customers... I'm gonna have to jump ship for this bad boy...

2. tuminatr

Posts: 1144; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

if that true screw the droid

3. Truth

Posts: 62; Member since: Jul 15, 2009

+1 Wow, I was excited about the Droid but this phone looks to be an amazing device.

4. rjt185

Posts: 257; Member since: Jun 11, 2009

hmmm. My env Touch arrives tomorrow morning. It might be replaced by this puppy once reviews come in from first adopters.

5. vnewton09

Posts: 20; Member since: Jul 09, 2009

I was really hyped about the HTC "Desire"....But now I don't know if I should wait and see what amazing things this phone will offer or be very much satisfied with my "Desire"??? The choices....The choices!!! Verizon has never looked soooooooo goooood!!!

6. AdamB

Posts: 4; Member since: May 14, 2009

I have heard directly from VZ that the name of the HTC Android device is going to be the "Predator", and that the device will be launching first week of next month. I am gonna go out on a limb and guess Verizon isnt bullshiting this holiday season and is gonna try and make a serious effort to make some ground on the fruit phone.

10. tshow84

Posts: 65; Member since: Jun 11, 2009

"directly from VZ?" any more info to substantiate?

11. AdamB

Posts: 4; Member since: May 14, 2009

yea, sorry bout that. I will say this, the source works for Verizon(corp, not retail), has seen the device, referred to it as the "predator", and said we would see this first week of november. I will add, that this person is not your typical phone geek, and i was quite taken back when they said "predator", as I myself can only remember seeing that name used for a rumored verizon device 1 other time.

12. tshow84

Posts: 65; Member since: Jun 11, 2009

thanks! i hope he/you are correct!

15. biggles

Posts: 269; Member since: Oct 15, 2009

AdamB, you're referring to the phone in this article, or the one we've seen in the Google CEO's hand?

21. AdamB

Posts: 4; Member since: May 14, 2009

the one in the article. im just speculating, but ive been told Nov 7th is the launch date for the HTC predator and "Sholes". Not sure why still referring to it as the sholes, but it could have something to do with VZW maybe using "droid" as a brand name, and not the actual device name.

7. Kain125

Posts: 18; Member since: Sep 13, 2009

That looks nothing like the HTC that the dude at the Google press conference was holding....

8. 22ADin09

Posts: 38; Member since: Jul 24, 2009

the phone that guy was holding was the htc desire (droid eris)... verizon's going full force with the android line up..

9. 22ADin09

Posts: 38; Member since: Jul 24, 2009

excuse me, htc desire, or droid eris, or the vzw form of the hero..

13. dandirk unregistered

Makes you wonder that if... Storm 2 Curve 2 Droid HTC Desire HTC Passion/Predator ... are all coming out late Oct/early Nov... Why is there such secrecy and why would VZW pump the droid over all the others? Seems like the Predator/Passion would be the device they would hype... Maybe it will be expensive or something. Seems like the Android phones are sort of stepping on each other...

18. Kiltlifter

Posts: 742; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Don't forget the Omnia 2 is supposed to come out mid-end of November as well... I heard something rediculous like 16 new smartphone devices in the 4th quarter but we will see if any of that is true... With VZW's track record of being rediculously slow at releasing phones due to intensive network testing, i don't see that sort of thing happening. Unless they are keeping everything hush-hush from the people who typical leak info to these sites... They must not like their jobs that much because leaking proprietary info is grounds for a law suit.

19. osully7

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 26, 2009

Verizon is supposed to unveil around 12 phones before the end of the year. several of those being android based. i spoke with a friend of mine that is a verizon rep (not the best source) but she said that she was in a product class last week and she got the chance to test 4 new devices. none of them had names on them. they also were unable to converse with each other in speculation on which device belonged to what company. she did describe some of the phones to me. one of them is definitely the motorola droid. even though she did say it wasnt great and it kept crashing every few minutes. some of the names that have popped up lately are correct. i did read somewhere that "droid" per say is not necessarily the name of one phone but a whole line of phones coming from verizon. the unveiling of whatever it is will be from 11:30 to 4:30 eastern time in new york city at the W hotel. i am looking forward to it to say the least.

14. tshow84

Posts: 65; Member since: Jun 11, 2009

@dandirk you can take the curve 2 out of that list as well as the the desire as they are already released on other carriers and not "exclusive" to verizon thus taking away from the hype that the others may induce. that leaves you with the storm 2 - which after the storm 1 disaster, it almost seems as if verizon is trying to underplay it, and the android phones - keyboard vs. non-keyboard. they can push all of theses at once and get the most out of all of them becuase they are giving every possible dynamic a choice of an android phone that suits them. the fact that all over every site i go to about verizon's future android lineup everyone and their mother is trying to decide which phone to get, means that verizon did its job - its getting people buzzing about verizon and grabbing each of them for an extra 29.99 a month... just seems like verizon finally figured out that great coverage only goes so far in a technological day in age....

17. Kiltlifter

Posts: 742; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

So this will come out in 3 years.

23. vzwman

Posts: 385; Member since: Oct 26, 2009

3 YEARS??????????????

20. vzwman

Posts: 385; Member since: Oct 26, 2009

I WOUNDER HOW TRU IS THIS...

22. ignatiusXIX

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 26, 2009

Not sure I believe all this hype about Verizon suddenly developing this incredible lineup of smartphones literally overnight. If this is true, and this beast is coming to VZW by the end of the year, life or death decisions will have to be made this holiday season. Not sure I like that... I hate stress. Giant beauty of a screen with impressive UI skin on top of Android with wicked processor pushing that OS? or Top notch hardware with a second graphics devoted processor tucked into an 'interesting' package with speed to spare, sportin a well reviewed screen?...The keyboard? Not important. Dont prefer one but it isnt a dealbreaker. Will say that it leaves a lot to be desired though when it comes to appearances. Kind of hope The Passion doesnt come to VZW now. Would make my new phone decision easier.

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