Now this is interesting. HTC has just filed a new slider phone for testing at the FCC. Not much is known about the device, but by looking at the available buttons on the phone, it could very well be an Android device. Let’s hope so, since the last HTC Android device with a full QWERTY keyboard was the G1, and saying it’s dated is an understatement when you hold it against the likes of some of HTC’s newer devices.
The device could be hitting AT&T, or some Canadian carriers if or when it’s released. The only name we have for it at the moment is the PC70110, its model number. The little we do know is that it supports WiFi and Bluetooth. Nothing amazing there, as they’re expected in smartphones today. Judging from the picture, the device may have the almost standard 3.2-inch capacitive touchscreen found on nearly all Android devices. There is what looks like an oblong optical trackpad below the capacitive home, menu, back and search buttons.
It’s an interesting looking phone. Nothing extravagant about it, just a simple slider. The baby blue trim along the keyboard has got to go though.
Knowing HTC, I would not be surprised if the device will come in various colors. I would be surprised if this baby had a Snapdragon processor in it though. If I was to give my best guess, this device may have the same internals as the Legend, which is nothing to complain about. If this indeed does turn out to be a (somewhat) lower end device, I definitely see the logic. HTC is throwing out one high-end smartphone after another. Nexus One, HD2, Droid Incredible, Desire, Evo 4G, all are damn powerful phones with big screens.
Looks like they’re mixing it up a bit, and I’m very curious about this device. We’ll keep you up to date as we find out more. Who’s ready to give up their G1?