I’ve used the word “prolific” several times recently to describe HTC. I’m not entirely certain if they’re the most prolific manufacturer, but few can touch them when it comes to the sheer volume of devices they pump out.
Pop over to their current Products page and you’ll see no less than 19 phones, alongside the HTC Flyer. Truly incredible (no pun intended). I'm surprised it's a sustainable business practice, but what the hell do I know?
And that's the official stuff. The unofficial stuff alone could fill a small book. Or at least a moderately-sized feature. See what I did there?
You’d think HTC would be happy with the HTC Desire S, HTC Incredible S and dual-core HTC Sensation. That’s not a bad range of high-end phones, is it? But nope; HTC is rumoured to have at least another four Android handsets in the works. Admittedly, I’ve probably forgotten some. It’s nigh on impossible to keep up with those crazy guys.
We’re not entirely sure how the HTC Kingdom fits in the grand scheme of things. It might be US (Sprint) only. Maybe. In any case, it’s expected to have an Adreno 205 GPU, 768MB of RAM, a 4in qHD display, 5MP camera and 1.2GHz Scorpion processor, with Gingerbread doing the OS honours.
The consensus is that the HTC Rider will be the European equivalent of the HTC Evo 3D. Rumoured specs include a 1.2GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, a 4.3in qHD display, 1080p video recording, and 2D and 3D playback. Phew. Incidentally, have I mentioned that I hate 3D? Dozens of times, you say? Ok.
The HTC Glacier is another suspected European variant. This time it’s the previously-US-only T-Mobile myTouch 4G sailing across the Atlantic. If that is indeed the case, it’ll rock a 1GHz processor, 3.8in WVGA screen and 768MB of RAM.
The boundary between tablet and smartphone is becoming increasingly blurred with the likes of the Dell Streak, and now Asus is threatening to Break The Rules: Pad Or Phone? at next week’s Computex conference.
HTC’s current record is 4.3in (HTC Desire HD, HTC Sensation, HTC Evo 3D), but the HTC Holiday – terrible name, huh? – is rumoured to stretch that to 4.5in. Cripes. In terms of processing juice we’re looking at 1.2GHz dual-core, similar to the HTC Sensation, with 1GB of RAM.
The HTC Holiday won’t scrimp in camera town either. It’s said to boast an 8MP/1.3MP rear/front combo, with a slice of delicious Gingerbread on board.
I wrote quite a bit about the HTC Puccini yesterday. I won’t repeat myself, but we reckon the Honeycomb-rocking HTC Puccini will fare better than the over-priced Gingerbread-running HTC Flyer. Yep.
Right, I won’t lie to you; I’ve only gone and rambled on for too long about the Android stuff, and there’s a ton of Windows Phone 7 junk still to come. As such, I’ll fire that in a separate feature for publication on Monday. See you then.