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HTC Ruby Handset Appears Online

Another unknown HTC smartphone has emerged online; the Ruby surfaced on Yahoo's photo sharing website, Flickr, and interestingly, its existence came to light because of a reflection in the screen of an HTC Flyer tablet showing two handsets that haven't been launched yet.

The handset - which Phonedog reckons was supposed to be called the Arrive (opens in new tab) - appears to have a similar shape to the HTC Wildfire with very rounded corners.

It also comes with a dual LED flash - a clear sign that it will be a mid-range handset - and a camera at the back as well as a prominent 3.5mm headphone socket near the top. The pictures which can be found are too grainy to allow for any further analysis (opens in new tab).

Will the handset be an Android model? We're not quite sure. HTC already has a complete array of Android smartphones but its Windows Phone 7 range will need to be updated soon for Mango.

This alone would mean that the smartphone would need to be based on a Qualcomm SoC and have at least a WVGA capacitive touchscreen and 512MB memory.

Or, as some suggested, it might be based on BrewOS, which is a low end mobile platform. That said, Recombu's Hannah Bouckley also found out (opens in new tab), in a related Flickr account, that the phone appears to be running HTC Sense rather than Windows Phone 7.

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.