Dec 08 AT 3:26 AM Taylor Wimberly 42 Comments

A closer look at the updated specs of the Android-powered HTC Bravo

The hottest topic the last few days has been the leaked HTC 1H 2010 roadmap which included five new Android handsets. A couple of the phones (Bravo, Legend) had been previously spotted in the 20 HTC product names that were revealed last week and some were a complete surprise (Buzz, Salsa, Tide).

By far the most popular phone out of the five was the HTC Bravo which is classified as a high performance model.

The HTC Bravo.

The HTC Bravo.

We posted some initial specs and photos of the Bravo, but technology blog has released some updated information. The original leak from XDA reported his specs came from a brochure that was printed in October 2009 and the new specs are dated December 2009.

When the two sets of specs are compared, we can see that the HTC Bravo received a memory boost from 256 MB to 320 MB. This would tie the Samsung Behold II for most RAM in an Android phone.

The Bravo features an AMOLED display which is a first for HTC Android phones. AMOLED technology provides an ultra bright display and lower-power consumption. The screen resolution is WVGA (480×800) which is a big increase from the standard HVGA (320×480) that is featured in most HTC Android phones.

Heads will turn at the 11.7 mm thickness. Bravo will be the thinnest Android phone yet and even beat out the iPhone 3GS (12.3 mm).

Pictured at the top of the Bravo is an interesting row of five LED lights. We assume these could be used to indicate which of the five homescreens is being currently displayed.

Battery life will be a major concern with the 1 GHz processor – as we have seen other handset makers underclock the Qualcomm Snapdragon to conserve on resources. Powering the Bravo will be a 1400 mAh battery which is on par with the Motorla Droid (also 1400 mAh).

Android 2.0 is reported to be currently running on the handset but other rumors suggest it will come with Android 2.1 by the time it ships. Bravo is supposed to be loaded with HTC’s Sense UI which we know is being updated to 2.1.

We have seen some reports that the leaked pictures of the HTC Passion might actually have been the Bravo, but I do not believe this to be true unless the phone was heavily reworked. The Passion was pictured with a trackball and rumored to sport a 4.3 inch display, while the Bravo comes with an “optical joystick” and a smaller 3.7 inch screen.

HTC has separate product names for Bravo, Dragon, Passion, and PassionC which further adds to the confusion.

It should also be noted that the current specs of the phone do not include United States 3G bands. The leaked specs came from a European brochure so we wouldn’t expect they would have them listed yet. HTC has produced many different models of the same phone and we expect several of the rumored devices will find their way to U.S. shores.

Believe me when I say all of the carriers would love to market a 1 GHz phone.

Updated HTC Bravo specs as of December 7, 2009:

  • Size: 112 x 56 x 11.7 mm
  • Networks: WCDMA/HSPA: 900/2100 Mhz; GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
  • Maximum speed: UL = 2 Mbps; DL = 7.2 Mbps
  • OS: Android 2.0 (likely to ship with Android 2.1)
  • Display: 3.7-inch WVGA (480×800) AMOLED capacitive touch screen
  • Camera: 5 megapixel with auto focus with dual LED flash; High definition 720p video capture
  • Internal memory: 512 MB flash ROM; 320 MB RAM* (original RAM was 256 MB); 16 GB micro SD card included
  • Chipset: Qualcomm QSD8250 1 GHz Snapdragon
  • Battery: 1400 mAh
  • Also: Optical joystick, microSD, WLAN (802.11 b/g), Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR, GPS/AGPS, G-Sensor, Digital Compass, FM radio, microUSB, 3.5mm audio jack
  • Special features: DivX, Dolby, Facebook, FlickR, Twitter, Microsoft Exchange

Via: engadget


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