AT&T has committed to offering an HTC model running Google’s Android OS in the near future, and according to an unconfirmed report this device will be HTC Aria. This may be a slider phone that was approved by the FCC recently.
In January, AT&T promised to release five smartphones running Google’s Android OS in the first half of this year. So far it has released only one, the Motorola Backflip, and announced plans to offer a second, the Dell Aero. The carrier says at least one of the remaining models will be made by HTC.
This will reportedly be dubbed the HTC Aria, but aside from the name and that it will have the HTC Sense user interface layered on top of Google’s Android OS 2.1, few details have leaked out.
The Aria will supposedly be officially announced on June 7.
Is this the HTC PC70110?
Last month, the FCC approved an HTC model with support for AT&T’s wireless network. It’s possible this smartphone — the HTC PC70110 — will be released as the Aria.
A few images included with HTC’s FCC filing show that the model will have a sliding, landscape-oriented keyboard and a D-pad below its display (see image at left).
The size and resolution of the display can not be determined, however, and the FCC filing gave no specifications.
What about the HTC Vision?
Over the weekend came the first word of the HTC Vision, an upcoming high-end model with Google’s Android OS and a sliding keyboard. It’s possible the Aria will be AT&T’s version of this device.
The HTC Vision will supposedly have much in common with the HTC Droid Incredible, but with a physical keyboard.