The last few days have been great for manufacturers and fans alike as a number of previously unseen devices have shown their face to the camera. In our case though, we are talking about two upcoming Windows Phone 7 powered smartphones, the HTC Prime and the HTC Ignite. Rumor has it that these two devices will be officially announced in a few short days at CTIA.
The HTC Ignite was first spotted on the Chinese web page XDA.cn, showing off its sleek curves as well as some specs, but I don’t know how much of those can be really trusted. As such, the rumored HTC Ignite specs are pretty mid-range. The device is rumored to sport an 800 MHz processor and a resistive touchscreen.
Now the only issue I have with resistive touchscreens ( other than not being capacitive ) is the fact that this doesn’t correspond with Microsoft’s Chassis 1 requirements. Despite that, I would say that the rest of the specifications sure seem ok, as the device is rumored to also sport a 3.7 inch WVGA display and 512 MB of RAM. On the rear we’ll find a 5 megapixel camera with LED flash presumably. Again, take this for what it’s worth, a rumor really.
However, just for those of you who suffer from the “FAKE!” syndrome, the device has been spotted on Telstra’s internal system, a carrier from Australia, where it was keeping company to the HTC Prime. The rumored HTC Ignite release date is set around the mid of this year, so most likely June or July, yet no official date has been announced.
Our second contestant is more to my liking, as it does come with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, and we are talking about the HTC Prime. The device, as previously mentioned, popped up on Telstra’s inventory system, and again the Chinese page XDA.cn had some specs for it. As such the HTC Prime specs are: a 3.7 inch WVGA display, along with 512 MB of RAM, a 5 megapixel rear facing camera with LED flash.
I did enjoy the first few looks at the device as it kind of reminds me of the HTC Desire Z yet the keys are a touch differently shaped ( not that it’s a bad thing ). My only bug with the slide-out keyboard would be regarding the edges which, if filled up properly, might have given us bigger keys. But oh well, it does look good and it should also be announced officially at CTIA.
However, the HTC Prime release date is missing in action for the time being ( nope, not even rumors can help us in this situation ), so I can’t give you any more info in this particular direction. If all goes well, in about a few days or so we should be getting our first batch of official announcements regarding these two upcoming devices. Until then, stay tuned for more information as it becomes available and make sure to check back!
Thanks PocketNow for letting us know about the HTC Prime and HTC Ignite. Pictures courtesy of XDA.cn.