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HTC Vision Smartphone Brings Desire & Touch Pro Together

HTC will be releasing a new smartphone called the Vision which will be a cross between the HTC Desire and the HTC Touch pro it seems, one which adds a full slide out QWERTY keyboard to the slim frame of the HTC Desire.

It is not the first time that such a transformation is happening; we've seen the same thing taking place. Sony Ericsson released the Xperia X10 both as a normal sized smartphone, in its mini version and one with a pull out keyboard.

A mockup picture of the phone has appeared on Dutch website, (opens in new tab), and Mark Moons, HTC Benelux director, confirmed that the Taiwanese company will be releasing Android devices with a physical keyboard.

The only details that have emerged include the fact the screen resolution will be 800x480 pixels, that there will be a 5-megapixel camera (possibly with Flash and Autofocus) and that it will be powered by a Qualcomm 1Ghz processor.

Let's hope that the Vision will benefit from Android's latest iteration, Froyo, something which may mean that we will have to wait for a couple of months before the device actually goes live.

Until then, the HTC Desire continues to remain one of the most popular smartphones on the market.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.