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THOUGHT: Is the HTC Wizard the follower of the HTC Magician?
Posted by Arne Hess - on Sunday, 05.06.05 - 18:26:22 CET under 09 - Thoughts - Viewed 13717x
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Over the past weeks, we have learned and heard a lot about a new HTC Pocket PC Phone Edition called "HTC Wizard" and I had a deeper look into the leaked specifications as well as the leaked picture from PocketPC italia.com but honestly, I don't think we got the final information yet, neither in terms of the ID nor in terms of the specifications.

Specifications
According to PocketPC italia.com, the Wizard is expected to run with a Texas Instruments OMAP 850 processor which I can not believe t all. So far, HTC never used TI OMAP CPUs for non-iPAQ Pocket PCs and there is no reason to introduce a ODM device with such a slow CPU. TI OMAP 850 CPUs are designed to work with a maximum speed of 200 MHz only, while the latest HTC Pocket PC Phone Editions use Intel's Xscale based Bulverde CPUs > 400 MHz (like the HTC Magician (416 MHz), HTC's Alpine (520 MHz) or HTC's first Magneto device, the HTC Universal (520 MHz)). So I think HTC collected a good knowledge to use Bulverde CPUs for Pocket PC Phone Editions and changing the core platform always requires a complete redevelopment which costs money and takes time.

However, the rest of the leaked specifications sounds reasonable except the keyboard: why should the follower of the Magician should have a keyboard? For me this sounds more like the follower of the HTC Blue Angel (O2 Xda III/IIs) but in a nicer form factor.

Industrial Design (ID)
A closer look to the leaked picture unveils a camera on top of the display. A self-portrait camera for 2.5G devices where video calls aren't part of the 2.5G specifications yet nor offered in any GSM networks?

Sorry, but I don't expect to see a camera for the 2.5G follower of the Magician (which the Wizard is announced to be) and for me the leaked photo (or better drawing) seems to be a 3G version/mockup of a device which might be under investigation but which isn't announced yet.

Final Conclusion

I don't want to be too negative here and I'm sure HTC and the carriers are already working on a follower of the HTC Magician which might be called HTC Wizard and will includes for sure (I think) W-LAN as well as Windows Mobile 5.0 and more. Nevertheless I'm sure it will neither includes a under-powered TI OMAP CPU nor a self-portrait camera - as long as it isn't a 3G device which wouldn't be a follower of the Magician at all but a complete new device.
So yes, I think there is a device in the pipeline which might be called Wizard and maybe it will includes a keyboard (even if it would be a follower of the Blue Angel then - in terms of my very own definition). Also I can believe it will become smaller then today's Blue Angel - more Magician like but no way we will see it running a TI OMAP CPU nor it will includes a self-portrait camera.

Cheers ~ Arne


 

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Comments
Posted by jomni on 06.06.05 - 02:52:14

Well, if the specs are indeed true, then we can classify the device as a completely different model and not a successor of any previous model.  That's how I look at it.

Posted by MichaelPang on 06.06.05 - 05:20:27

One more disappointing spec is the use of mini-SD. While currently 2GB SD is out, the max size of mini-SD is still 1GB. I don't want to re-invest my money to min-SD.

Posted by micaels on 06.06.05 - 10:13:39

Looks like a tmobile sidekick to me.

Posted by slack04 on 23.02.06 - 03:34:05

looks like you were wrong, dude.

Posted by Arne Hess on 26.02.06 - 18:22:20

slack04 wrote:

looks like you were wrong, dude.

Partly (only). I was wrong with the CPU (unfortunately) sad but I was right with the camera. tongue

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