We're looking forward to big things from HTC at next month's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, and leaked renderings of the company's new phones on mobile blog PocketNow have got us salivating.
First up is a rounded phone (left) that's the spitting image of the , except for a prominent front-facing camera. The touch-sensitive buttons evoke the , which is a pity, because we always preferred the physical buttons on the Desire to its Google-branded twin.
The optical trackpad is also gone, as it was on the Android using only the touchscreen., reflecting HTC's hard work in making it easier to select text in
With the typical Android buttons -- home, menu, back and search -- all present and correct, there's no doubt this phone will run Google's software. Other than that, we don't know much more about the specs of this mystery phone.
We're surprised to see the trackball make a reappearance on a smallish-looking Android phone (right) that also leaked. Not even the zippy optical trackpad, which we quite like, but the now old-fashioned ball. But if it makes this phone super-duper affordable,we can get used to rubbing the nub again.
Eagle-eyed Engadget readers spotted it as the HTC A3380, which has been selling in China, where it's been filling the shoes the HTC Wildfire has been wearing over here in the UK. If it does make the trip west, here's hoping it's .
HTC is certainly sticking to what it knows best, by producing touchscreen phones so similar they could swap IDs to get into bars. It's almost enough to make us miss the heady days of the T-Mobile G1, with the keyboard that flipped out like it was trying to hitch a ride., with its wacky Teflon paint and angular chin, or even the HTC-built
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