Another nugget of information has emerged about the upcoming HTC Dream, which will be the first device running Google’s Android operating system. A new document on the FCC website gives this smartphone’s size.
Last week, when the Dream received its approval from the FCC — a necessary step before it can be released in the U.S. — this government agency posted a diagram of this device that HTC thought revealed too much about it (see image at right). This company therefore asked the FCC to switch diagrams to sometime less detailed.
The agency complied, and the new diagram is just a simple outline of the smartphone. Nevertheless, it contains an import piece of information the original did not: the exact dimensions of the HTC Dream.
Therefore, it’s now known that this model will be 2.2 inches wide and 4.5 inches long (55 mm by 115 mm). The FCC did not reveal the width of the device.
For comparison, the AT&T Tilt — a similar model also made by HTC — is 2.3 inches by 4.4 inches. Some have compared the Dream to a T-Mobile Sidekick, a device that is 2.3 inches by 4.7 inches.
More About the HTC Dream
HTC has done its best to keep a lid on details of the Dream, but some information has leaked out.
T-Mobile has said it will be the first wireless carrier to release this smartphone, which will happen sometime this fall. Unofficial reports vary widely, some saying as early as next month, others as late as November.
Leaked images and video of the HTC Dream show that it will have a touchscreen that moves to one side to expose a landscape-oriented keyboard.
The FCC documents confirmed earlier reports that this smartphone will support T-Mobile’s 3G network. In addition, this model will have Wi-Fi (802.11b/g) and Bluetooth 2.0 with EDR.
At its heart will be Android, a new Linux-based operating system for smartphones being developed by Google and a group of partners. This will be strongly tied to Google online services, and may even by advertiser supported.