An entry-level HTC handset with AT&T markings has been spotted in recent certification documents for the Federal Communications Comission. The device, known as the HTC Paradise, features a four-row sliding QWERTY keyboard, a 3.2-megapixel camera, an optical joystick, and the usual support for an FM radio, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS. According to the FCC papers, the phone is equipped to handle AT&T's 3G bands. Though it should offer HTC Sense, the actual version of Android remains to be seen.
In the pictures associated with the filing, you can see traces of HTC's later designs. The metal ring around the camera reminds me of the EVO 4G and Droid Incredible, and the front ear piece looks similar to the Desire HD. Even the sliding mechanism on the back takes a page directly out of the MyTouch 3G Slide's book.
Inside, however, I don't see anything in here that would stand out against the ever-growing crop of Android phones. Without knowing the processor and memory, I would wager that this ends up with a very low price tag, possibly free. In fact, it would not surprise me much if this phone just gets scrapped altogether. PhoneScoop thinks that this may already be the case, being that we have yet to hear about the Paradise on any front. Then again, AT&T currently lacks a sliding QWERTY handset in its lineup.