The Samsung Galaxy S III won’t be in attendance at Mobile World Congress 2012 after all, so we’re looking to HTC to cheer us up. Going by 2011’s display, we really shouldn’t get our hopes up, but a few Taiwanese beauties have been rumoured recently.
First, a quick history lesson.
2010: HTC endears itself to consumers and reviewers alike, with an impressive showing including the HTC Wildfire, HTC Desire and HTC Desire HD. Good times.
2011: HTC reveals a truly lackluster array of stuff at Mobile World Congress, including lame-o S upgrades for existing devices, two awful-looking Facebook phones, and a 7in tablet running Gingerbread (Android 2.3). What the…?
In Martin’s MWC 2011 review, he awards HTC a generous 6/10, putting it firmly behind Acer, HP, INQ, LG, Sony Ericsson and – stars of the show with the Galaxy S II – Samsung.
HTC sees out the year with 267 (i.e. three) Sensation smartphones, and almost collapses under the weight of its own arsenal. Bad times.
2012: HTC realises that less is more. Yay!
And that brings us to Mobile World Congress 2012. Almost.
Interestingly, some of HTC’s 2011 goodies came as a surprise, which doesn’t happen often in this industry. We’re hoping it’ll have a few more in store for 2012, but here’s what we’re expecting so far:
The HTC Edge first popped up back in November, and – if the chaps at ye olde rumour mill are to be believed – it’s a dead cert for Mobile World Congress 2012.
Rumoured specs include a 4.7in 720p AMOLED display, Tegra 3 processor, 1GB of RAM and an 8MP rear camera. It’s not certain whether the HTC Edge will drop with Gingerbread (Android 2.3) or Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0), but we expect the latter will be served in good time.
Recent whispers suggest the Taiwanese manufacturer will go for a cheeky day-before-Mobile-World-Congress reveal for the HTC Edge, so that’d be Sunday February 26.
My new phone, perhaps?
The HTC Zeta popped up just a few days after the HTC Edge, and the specs sound too good to be true. We haven’t heard anything fresh on the HTC Zeta in the past couple of months, which leads us to believe that it might’ve been some sort of hoax. Maybe.
Suggested specs for the HTC Zeta include – wait for it – a 4.5in 720p HD display, 1GB of RAM, 32GB internal storage, an 8MP/1.3MP camera combo with 1080p vid cap, an 1,830mAh battery and a ludicrous 2.5GHz quad-core processor.
Oh, and why not throw in Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) for good measure.
We’d love to see the HTC Zeta at Mobile World Congress 2012, but the rumour mill seems to be squarely focused on the HTC Edge. Time will tell…
If you ask us, HTC’s tablet showing has been nothing short of, uhm, crap. I almost said “disastrous”, but that’d be a tad melodramatic.
First we had the HTC Flyer, unveiled at Mobile World Congress 2011 and arriving a few months later with a 7in display and Gingerbread, yet priced similarly to the iPad. Sigh. What were you thinking, HTC?
Things were looking up with the HTC Puccini, but our initial excitement died down to the point that we forgot all about it (oops), and the 10in tablet ultimately arrived as the HTC Jetstream – a 4G LTE AT&T exclusive. Meh.
Fast forward to now, and we’re told that HTC is prepping the quad-core Quattro, with a 10.1in 1280x768 display, 1GB of RAM and 16GB internal storage (with microSD expansion). We haven't heard much/anything since the initial November leak, but fingers crossed...
Those are the chaps we’re most excited about, but let’s not forget the HTC Ville (which, looking at the spec sheet, may as well be called the HTC Sensation XE2) and the HTC Primo – a super-charged HTC Desire.
Don’t let us down, HTC.