HTC is reportedly prepping a new version of the Touch HD. But instead of being based on Microsoft’s Windows Mobile like the original, this upcoming model will supposedly have Google’s Android as its operating system.
The Register, citing an unnamed source, says the Touch HD 2 will have a 3.8-inch touchscreen, the same size as the current model. This will likely have the same WVGA resolution.
This model will have one significant change: instead of the 528 MHz processor in its predecessor, this rumored smartphone will use a 628 MHz one.
The source for this information didn’t have a release date for the HTC Touch HD 2.
Why the OS Change?
It’s not clear why HTC would switch operating systems on a model in this way, but its possible it is doing so at the request of a wireless carrier.
This company makes the products that its customers want. Since Google first announced its mobile operating system last year, many have asked HTC to release some of its Windows Mobile models with Android on them, and it may simply be responding to requests.
A revamp of the Touch HD with a faster processor and a different operating system would be a relatively easy project, especially as the next version of Android will support WVGA displays. And HTC makes a number of Android-based devices, so it is well familiar with this OS.
The original HTC Touch HD sold very well in Europe, but never took off in the United States, primarily because it wasn’t offered by any U.S. carrier. It’s possible a second version with a new OS might do at least as well.