Well, well, well, look what we have here. No, it’s not some Chinese knockoff of the Desire — it’s the entry-level Wildfire, announced today by HTC. Running Android 2.1 with HTC Sense UI, its key specs include a 3.2″ QVGA display, 5 megapixel camera with autofocus and LED flash, A-GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, microSD, dual-band (900/2100MHz) 7.2Mbps HSPA, 512MB ROM / 384MB RAM and 528MHz processor. One interesting feature the Wildfire brings to the table is its “app sharing widget” which allows users to recommend apps to family, friend and peers via email, SMS and social networking sites. The HTC Wildfire will be available in Europe and Asia starting in Q3. No word yet on potential U.S. availability. Yay or nay? More →
Who’s up for one more shot of the HTC Droid Eris? One of our connects wrote us in and dropped this photo on us. They also said, “Overall the same as the Sprint Hero but for some reason it seems faster, slightly thinner and taller.” Otherwise it “seems the same” and is running Android 1.5. We already told you the Droid Eris will be powered by a 528MHz Qualcomm CPU, and while it won’t ship with Android 2.0, well, you know where we’re going with this…
UPDATE: Updated with better shot!
Thanks, PhenomenalONE! More →
Pure speculation here, no concrete confirmation, just a case of putting two and two together. Now that we have gotten the disclaimer out of the way, let’s see what we have uncovered about the much anticipated and much debated Verizon Wireless Touch Pro by HTC. A document leaked by Phone Arena in August shows that the Sprint Touch Pro will ship with the Qualcomm 7501A processor clocked at 528MHz, while the Verizon variant will have the slower Qualcomm 7500 processor clocked at 400MHz. This single document has set off a whirlwind of discussion about whether the Verizon Touch Pro has been neutered. Of course Verizon is well known for neutering its phones which makes the specs on this sheet somewhat believable. A few folks over at Howard Forums claim to have knowledge of the XV6850 and insist that the Verizon version does have the 528 MHz processor. They have not provided any concrete evidence presumably because they are under an NDA. While we wait for more sturdy reports or for Verizon to finally announce the phone, we have been busy doing our own sleuthing and may have unwittingly substantiated their claims. You see, there is another post over at PPC Geeks from a technician who works in a repair/order/design facility for HTC. According to PPC Geeks, he is a reliable source. He says, and we quote:
I hear the Verizon Touch Pro will be crippled…true?
Yes, will it be crippled SADLY yes, it will have a lower CPU and memory, but from the test model I honestly did not see a difference unless you use some serious programs. UPDATE: Verizon phone does show a 7501a chipset so its looking like it will be crippled
Did you see the light bulb turn on? He says the Verizon phone has the 7501a chipset, the SAME chipset the Sprint version supposedly has and it’s the chipset that clocks in at 528MHz. We know that most of this rests on both sources being accurate but it does offer just the faintest glimmer of hope for you Verizon customers out there. Stay tuned as our ninjas are hard at work trying to get to the bottom of this.
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