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HTC Set To Launch Android-based Desire Smartphone

A snapshot of yet another HTC smartphone based on Android platform, called Desire, has emerged and it appears to be heading for Verizon Wireless.

Boygeniusreport managed to capture a closeup photo of the device, in the dark, which is almost certain to be a mainstream device equiped with HTC's signature Sense user interface; expect it to come with Android 2.0 "eclair" as well.

Details are scant for the time being. There's a trackball, no keyboard, a screen resolution of 480x320 pixels, WiFi. As Devicemag also pointed out, the Desire should come with CDMA2000 1xRTT/1xEV-DO rev.0/1xEV-DO rev.A and should run on dual 800/1900 MHz bands.

This is apparently, the phone that the Google CEO was pictured holding at the Verizon press conference when both companies announced they were collaborating on new handsets and services.

The source who handled the phone sid that it was extremely fast. It is likely that Desire will be the last smartphone to use a the Qualcomm MSM7201A series which has featured heavily on various HTC phones. Verizon Wireless is also set to get the Motorola Droid, a high end, iPhone-class smartphone.

Our Comments

The Desire is set to be yet another Android based smartphone with the same Qualcomm hardware platform. Somehow, it seems that we have seen the same level of "commoditisation" somewhere else. If you swap HTC for Asus and replace the word smartphone by Netbook..

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