After the Sensation, the Sensation XE, the EVO 3D and the Incredible HD, HTC is apparently lining up a fifth Android-powered smartphone, the Raider 4G, that it hopes will be able to give some much needed competition to the iPhone 5.
The Raider 4G (opens in new tab) is currently available in South Korea only. It runs on Android Gingerbread with HTC Sense UI overlaid on it, has a 4.5-inch qHD IPS display, a dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC clocked at 1.5Ghz, 1GB RAM, 16GB onboard storage, Bluetooth, GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, an eight-megapixel rear camera with dual-LED flash, full HD video recording and a front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera.
There's also a 1620mAh battery, an optional DMB dongle that converts it into a digital TV. The HTC Raider reminds us of older Windows Mobile 6.5 models from the Taiwanese manufacturer, and it is likely that the smartphone will launch in the US on AT&T by the end of the year.
AndroidCommunity has more pictures of the handset, which appears to be slightly bulky as well, measuring 11.3mm thick and weighing 164g. It is likely that the phone will be renamed to suit the requirements of telco partners (especially in the US).
We're not convinced whether adopting a "divide and rule" strategy and flooding the market with look-alike smartphones will help HTC's case. Not only will it confuse the market and customers, but it will also provide partners with a massive headche when it comes to product differentiation and stock allocation.