HTC Has Something Up Its Sleeve for May 6

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HTC has invited members of the European press to an event in London early next month. Not surprisingly, the company isn’t talking about what it will announce that day, but speculation is running wild.

The only clue HTC has given is that the email invites reporters to "Witness the next wave of HTC Innovation."

Dreaming of Android

A popular guess is that HTC intends to use this event to take the wraps off the Dream, its first smartphone running the Android operating system.


Descriptions of this model have been floating around since November, but HTC has done its best to prevent any pictures from leaking out.

It supposedly will be 3 inches wide, 5 inches long, and not very thick. It will have a touchscreen that swivels to one side to expose a landscape-oriented keyboard. The display switches from portrait to landscape mode when the keyboard is opened.

Last fall, HTC’s CEO Peter Chou said this smartphone won’t be on the market until the second half of 2008, but that could have changed. Or the company could have decided to unveil it several months before the release.

On the Other Hand…

It’s also possible HTC doesn’t plan to announce anything so groundbreaking as the first Android-powered smartphone. Instead, it could intend to show if its next generation of Windows Mobile devices.

The current generation — which includes the HTC Mogul, AT&T Tilt, and Verizon XV6800 — has been on the market for many months now, and replacements could be in the offing.

The company likely picked London for its May 6 announcement because the company sells most of its smartphones in Europe under its own name directly to consumers. In the United States, most of its devices are purchased from wireless carriers, and many of them don’t bear the HTC’s brand name, like the Tilt.

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