Sprint may be getting ready to offer its first smartphone from HTC that runs Google’s Android OS and includes a sliding keyboard.
Details on the HTC Knight are still few and far between, but an image has leaked out. This shows the device from the front, but apparently leaves out one of the most important features — the documentation accompanying the image mentions a sliding screen, indicating this model almost certainly has a hidden keyboard.
The source for the picture says that this HTC smartphone will have a 3.7-inch touchscreen. The resolution for this is not yet known, but it’s most likely WVGA.
The Sprint logo on the image makes it clear which carrier will be offering the Knight.
Aside from these few tidbits, nothing else is known about this device. The version of its operating system, processor speed, storage capacity, and wireless capabilities all remain a mystery.
Following a Pattern?
HTC has created slider smartphones for two other U.S. wireless carriers this season: the T-Mobile G2 and HTC Merge (Lexikon). Although there are some differences, these have a few things in common. It’s possible the Knight will, too.
If so, this device will run Android OS 2.2 on an 800 MHz processor. It will have 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and a GPS, as well as a 5 megapixel camera.
A second source inside Sprint has indicated that the Knight is going to be released on January 6, the first day of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES).
This same source says its official name might be the HTC Speedy.