Over the past days, some infomation leaked about a device called HTC "Wizard" which is expected to become a kind of HTC Magician follower.
The HTC Magician, better known as i-mate JAM, T-Mobile compact or O2 Xda II mini, is (IMHO) the sweetest Pocket PC Phone Edition yet but it lacks the support of W-LAN as well as the memory might be a little bit limited.
However, over at HowardForums, last week a member said something about a HTC Wizard and Galaxy first time:
I just saw the new HTC Wizard and Galaxy!!
I just saw the New HTC Galaxy and wizard to replace the Magician.
Got a hirizontal slide out keyboard. Same size as Magician. Black in colour. with 128mb ram, Wifi built in. Same size as Jam. With a 2.1mb camera (undecided maybe 1.2). Just saw the pictures, but it looks awesome. (I think it also had edge). I am a bit mixed up between the galacy and wizard. The one looks very similar to the Jam current model with no keyboard but the other is black with keyboard.
And while it was pure speculation in the beginning, it becomes clearer now that it wasn't speculation at all since later - in the same thread, some drawing was posted as well:
And now, PocketPC italia.com leaked the full truth? including a more detailed (and maybe realistic) drawing/photo:
According to PocketPC italia.com, the HTC Wizard will run on Windows Mobile 5.0, includes quad-band GSM/GPRS with EDGE support, features a Texas Instruments OMAP 850 processor, and includes 64MB RAM, 128MB ROM with a 2.8" QVGA display. For sure it includes Bluetooth but also W-LAN 802.11b Wi-Fi and as another upgrade to the HTC Magician a 2.1 megapixel camera with flash LED. Last but not least, as you can see above, it includes a QWERTY slider-keyboard which is included this time (unlike with the HTC Blue Angel aka Xda III/IIs) in landscape mode.
So far, neither a price, nor a release date was given but in the different forums, a release date of Q4-05 is rumored.
If this device becomes true, it looks sweet - even if I'm not a big fan of included keyboards (since I don't have a use for it at all). What do you think?
PS: No further information of the "HTC Galaxy" are available. Wonder if it was a "one hit wonder" or if it is another device from HTC?
Cheers ~ Arne