Thanks to the popular XDA Forums, we now have a pretty good idea of what HTC is planning for new Google Android handsets in 2010. Among them are new designs that differ from the company's standard touch-screen candy bar models that we've seen this year.
The images scanned from a brochure indicate that the Taiwanese manufacturer is grouping its handsets into targeted demographic categories. While the Legend appears to be a descendant of the Hero and Droid Eris, the Salsa brings a BlackBerry feel to Android with its four-row portrait QWERTY design. Both phones fall into HTC's Design/Lifestyle category, which should blend form and function.
In the Social category are the Buzz and Tide. The Buzz offers a 5-megapixel camera with autofocus and flash and a choice of customizable cases. The Tide is another new hardware design for Android--it has a traditional alphanumeric keypad and a full touch 2.68-inch screen.
Yet, its the Bravo that is turning the most heads. It promises new features for HTC Android phones including a Qualcomm 1GHz Snapdragon processor and 3.7-inch AMOLED touch screen. Belonging in the performance category, it also should offer a 5-megapixel camera capable of 720p HD video capture, an FM tuner, 3.5mm headphone jack and the standard fare of Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and 3G. What's more, it should come with a 16GB microSD card in the box, much like the Motorola Droid.