HTC has started a “teaser” advertising campaign for a smartphone it’s going to officially announce later this week. So far, several of its high-end features have been revealed.
The image in the ads is the same rectangular outline covered in a black cloth that HTC is using on its website for a model that the company says will be “The first to 4G, again.” (Read More) This is widely believed to indicate that this device will be one of the first smartphones to support Verizon’s new LTE network.
You want HD entertainment, instantly
You want to stream 8 MP photos, wirelessly
You want to video chat, anywhere
These hints seem to say that this upcoming HTC model will have a high resolution screen and possibly an HD-video-out port, as well as an 8 megapixel rear-facing camera plus a front-facing camera for video conferencing.
Is This it?
There have been unconfirmed reports for some time that Verizon is getting ready to launch the HTC Droid Incredible HD, a high-end Android OS smartphone that is rumored to have a large high-resolution display and 4G support. Other names for this model are the Mecha and Thunderbolt.
It will supposedly have a 4.3-inch touchscreen at a WXGA (1280 x 800) resolution. If true, this model will have a higher-resolution display than any current smartphone.
The device is expected to run Google’s Android OS on a dual-core 1.2 MHz processor from Qualcomm.
Other specifications that have leaked out match the ones in HTC’s new ads, like an 8 megapixel camera and support for video chatting.
Timing Is Everything
Whichever model HTC is prepping, the company has committed to unveiling it on January 6, the first day of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
Probably not coincidentally, Verizon has also promised to announce its first LTE smartphone on that same day.