we heard of a HTC
device code-named "Rome" earlier, it wasn't seen so far. Now, MobiFrance
received a couple of photos of HTC's upcoming smartphone. While it's yet not
confirmed on which OS the so called HTC "Touch.B" will run, MobiFrance expects
that the HTC Rome might be HTC's next
(and filling the gap
between the HTC Hero high-end smartphone and HTC Tattoo entry-level smartphone).
Also MobiFrance hasn't received any specs yet but it's clear that the Touch.B
features a flat touchscreen, a camera without flash and a 3.5 mm stereo headset
However, somewhat unusual for both - Windows Mobile and Android - is the
button layout since the HTC Rome features two call buttons and a kind of home
button only; while Android devices normally needs a home, back and menu button.
But it looks like the missing camera shutter key is back again.
MobiFrance expects to get more information about the HTC Touch.B today, stay
UPDATE: According to an anonymous tipster, the HTC Rome aka HTC
Touch.B is said to feature quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE at 850/900/1800/1900 MHz as
well as dualband UMTS/HSDPA: at 900/2100 MHz. Furthermore it was noted that the
QVGA display measures 2.8" and that the camera supports 3.2 megapixel.
UPDATE 2: Alright, MobiFrance
received further information about the HTC Rome/Touch.B. And as it turns out
now - it's neither an Android nor a Windows Mobile smartphone but HTC's expected
DigiTimes reported about earlier this year. According to this information,
the feature phone is running Qualcomm's Brew Mobile Platform (Brew MP) and seems
to come with a kind of HTC TouchFlo 3D/HTC Sense UI. Brew MP, which was
announced back in 2007, uses Adobe Mobile Client (AMC), a kind of Flash Player,
engineered specifically for mobile devices to provide performance, add
extensibility and use a small memory footprint.
Furthermore MobiFrance notice that - contrary to the earlier update - the device
only features a 2 megapixel camera. And while 3G and Bluetooth seems to be
confirmed, it's also mentioned that the HTC Rome/Touch.B lacks WiFi.
Cheers ~ Arne