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HTC To Release New Android Smartphone Called Kingdom

Taiwanese manufacturer HTC is set to release a new handset called Kingdom which will be available on Sprint in the US and is already on preorder at Best Buy.

Pocketnow reports that the smartphone will be different from the EVO 3D, which was previously known as the HTC Shooter, with the latter boasting a better SoC, bigger screen, more RAM and with a corresponding higher price.

One can therefore expect the HTC Kingdom to be positioned between the HTC Incredible S and the HTC Sensation.

Pocketnow extracted the handset's specifications from its ROM and it reads as follows; a Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM7630 SoC clocked at 1.2GHz, 768MB RAM, a four-inch qHD (960x540 pixels), a five-megapixel camera with 720p recording capabilities, Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread and according to a picture published by the site, a front facing camera plus an altogether larger chassis compared to the EVO 3D.

Apparently, the Kingdom will also be the first phone to support GSM+EvDO+WiMAX natively. We don't know whether it will be released in the UK yet and at what price.

However, one would expect it to be available in the second half of this year; we're slightly dubious though as to whether even a fast single-core SoC can compete with dual core monsters like the LG Optimus 2X which was launched earlier this year and which is already available for less than £400.