Feb 08 AT 7:06 PM Taylor Wimberly 48 Comments

HTC asks, “Any ideas on what we are up to?” We answer, “Yes!”

We are just days away from Mobile World Congress and all the handset makers have begun to tease their announcements. HTC just tweeted a link to their Facebook page which has a countdown to MWC with the question, “Any ideas on what we are up to?” Since HTC decided to ask, we thought this was a good time to speculate on what they have been working on.

HTC is likely to announce a half-dozen new devices, but the big three are the Pyramid, Flyer, and Verdi.

Pyramid is HTC’s first dual-core handset that will feature Qualcomm’s third generation Snapdragon. The device is rumored to be headed to T-Mobile, but we suspect you will see it on a number of carriers. The device features a 4.3 inch qHD display and will support the latest 4G networks. Not much else is known about the remaining device specs.

Flyer is the codename give to HTC’s Galaxy Tab competitor. This Android tablet will feature a 7 inch display and is rumored to ship with Android 2.3,a single-core 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, and have dual-cameras. The Flyer has made many trips to the rumor mill so we believe it is real and coming soon, but there is always the chance that HTC upgrades the specs at the last minute.

Verdi is HTC’s “big thing” that no one is talking about. This device is a 10-inch Honeycomb tablet meant to compete with the Motorola Xoom and Samsung Galaxy Tab 2. Little is known beyond its codename and display size, but we will have to assume that HTC stuck with a dual-core Snapdragon and included all the normal bells and whistles.

Rounding out the show, we are likely to get a look at HTC’s new mid-range lineup. Engadget recently spotted a device in a promo video (see below) that is believed to be the Wildfire 2. We also have the trio of device renders that provides a hint at the new styling elements HTC is using.

I’m probably the most excited about getting my hands on the Pyramid, but a 10-inch tablet from HTC sounds pretty intriguing. Which device do you have high hopes for? Any other ideas on what HTC is up to?

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  • Galen20K

    Pyramid WILL be my next phone, cannot wait!! — D go Magenta!! — D in the meantime loving my MT4G still.

    • http://Website Alex

      How can you afford to buy a new high-end Android phone every few months?

      I purchased a phone last spring and I’m not upgrading until next year. Currently, I mostly just use my phone for the internet and my iPod for games, because Android currently doesn’t have very good games compared to the iPod touch.

      Until developers start releasing their games to Android at the same time as the iPhone and with the same features as the iPhone’s version of the game, I don’t see any value in upgrading my Android phone.

      • http://Website Adam

        Some people have more money that others. That’s like saying, “‘How can you afford that Porsche? All I have is a Honda Civic?”

  • http://Website B

    Pyramid for me, if it indeed comes to T-Mobile. It’s hard to get any phone other than an HTC for me. As far as tablets, however, the G Slate has my attention.

    • http://Website Phillip Walker

      Could not agree more, but if T-Mo pulls what Verizon pulled with the Xoom the Verdi might be the only reasonable option.

    • Galen20K

      Plan on getting the G-Slate as well, Excellent specs Excellent battery life Excellent Storage Excellent CPU.

  • http://Website Phillip Walker

    If they Competativley price the Verdi, give it multiple a WiFi Version free of any carriers, throw a dual-core snapdragon in there, and market it like they did the EVO it will eat every competitor’s lunch and push them off the swings.

    • http://Website Phillip Walker

      Multiple versions including a WiFi only Version* Was thinking ahead of myself.

  • http://Website Fred

    With HTC’s Pyramid phone, when it goes to T-mobile, do you think it will be called G3, Mytouch (something), or another name?

    Personally, I extremely highly doubt that it will be called the G3 since the G2 just came out, and I hope its not a Mytouch phone since the Mytouch phones have a really shitty UI.

    • http://Website Noriega713

      I want the G3 to have a physical keyboard…and beast ass everything else (screen, camara, Hspa+ 42 mbps and Android 2.3 or 2.4,…can’t forget dual or quad core if possible.)

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      I think T-Mobile already has special plans for the G series…

      • Galen20K

        you know something!! LOL daaannnggg should I wait on Pyramid?? lol

  • http://Website olddognutrx

    I own 3 HTC products and love ‘em. I won’t hesitate to look at anything they offer. I’m especially intrigued by the 10 inch tablet. Hopefully it has a wifi only version at launch.

  • http://Website Tpayne

    They’re probably cooking up the next Incredible/Desire; codename Vivo

    • http://Website UniqueNate

      Another rumor was said about that, and it will be white this time with a silver banding around it. Some type of back I can’t remember. I just hope they step away from these refreshes. That’s all their latest devices are looking a like to me. I hope they don’t throw in a dual core and pretty much be an Evo, just with a dual core. Make it different. Change the design. I like unibody but change the physical shape. I’m thinking they’ll surprise us.

      • http://Website anakin78z

        I still think the evo is one of the nicest designs out there. The fact that every other scarier is getting a similar phone from HTC sort of makes me think that others agree.
        That being said, I think dome of the other HTC phones could probably use a refresh.

        • http://Website UniqueNate

          A refreh isn’t a new phone. It’s just slight features boosted up and maybe one additional feature or app that wasn’t on the original, like the thunderbolt. It’s everything the Evo was. Just latest version of it and a new Skype app smh.

          HTC, give me a sleek unibody, not like what you already have with a big screen and fancy quality inside and out. I want a metal & glass phone. March come please.

  • Scotter

    Pyramid sounds like my next phone. Finally, a worthy successor to my good ol’ Nexus One! Oh there have been phones coming out *better* than the Nexus One; I’m just talking about waiting for a device that is a “sweet spot” and it sounds like the Pyramid (as well as a few others coming out at that time) are next gen and will actually last a year (have the guts to run everything, including latest OS), like my Nexus One did. Too bad HTC/Google/T-mobile still has not given us the promised Nexus One update to Gingerbread.

    • http://Website tomnewtn

      Same here!. N1 is doing great and I don’t want to lose the great deal I get with TMO’s loyalty plan, so this Pyramid sounds like a worthy upgrade.

      • Galen20K

        love my Loyalty plan as well, you just cannot beat it! – D I always plan on keeping it.

    • http://Website sansenoy

      Honestly, I can’t think of a single phone truly better than the N1, maybe better touch sensors and better screens, but android hasn’t moved past 2.2 yet, and all those devices just seem underengineered in comparison, especially in the design and build quality department…

      • http://Website UniqueNate

        Agree

  • http://Website Kevniv

    Heading to T-mobile to get in line for my Pyramid

  • http://Website Christian B.

    The Pyramid will be incredible. And if they made some last minute changes(dual core? Hspa+?) to the Flyer, I will totally be picking one up.

  • http://Website Anthony

    I can’t wait to see the Pyramid and its full specs. Right now its my only hope for my dream phone on a carrier other than AT&T.

    Hey Taylor, does this mean you are no longer getting the Atrix? :)

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      Oh I’m getting that Atrix 4G!

      • http://Website sw1ftk1t

        Loser…

      • http://Website sansenoy

        I have serious doubts about that phone, it’s a motorola after all, they still pursue dumbphone business strategies with their highend devices, at least here in europe. Not really my first choice for breaking any new ground in mobile…

      • http://Website Anthony

        Heh, you stick to what you say at least, so I can respect that. XD

        I’ve been on AT&T for almost 2 years and I can’t wait to get off; I just can’t take the dropped calls, missed notifications, and late texts anymore.

        Honestly though I hope you have a better experience and get to enjoy the Atrix.

        • http://Website Greg

          I want him to switch to AT&T just so we can enjoy the hilarity that will undoubtedly ensue.

  • http://Website ablkida

    The verdi sounds intriguing and I might buy it. I do have a question though. Can they put sense over honeycomb? If it has sense then its not for me. As for the phone, I’m happy with my G2 and unless they come out with a G3 (Taylor tell us the secret of the G3 that you know, or am I reading too much into your comment?) that is super bad ass then, I’m staying with my G2 for a while.

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      I know nothing of this “G3″

      • http://Website Phonegeek

        Hmm maybe won’t be called the G3 but I’m not going to assume anything. When they do make a G3 I hope it has the latest specs and they hold back on nothing . I think the G series should be their flag ship phones. mytouch is nice and all but my G2 even without the highest specs and ffc, clocked processor (all that jazz) is phenomenal.

        • http://Website ablkida

          Maybe… so what is this “G” series that you are talking about? Did I wrongfully assume that it would be the G3?

          Wait… what are we talking about? Haha!

  • http://Website swazedahustla

    Only one HTC phone im looking for…….HTC/SPRINT/EVO 2…will be worth the wait mos def.

  • http://Website Paul Atreides

    I’m going to gamble now and say the Pyramid is definitely the EVO 2…fingers crossed welp!

    • http://Website Marco

      But I don’t think Sprint would let the Evo 2 go on Tmobile…

      • http://Website Paul Atreides

        T-mobile will get a “tweaked” version probably with Espresso Sense. I don’t see T-mobile picking this up anytime before the fall. I’d bet they’re banking on that sidekick contraption and the Vibrant 4g for the next coming months. I’d would be very surprised if not, and I’ll print out this post and eat my words.

  • http://Website mike

    I bet all of these things will come with Sense. I know that is HTC’s thing, but I do not like it.

  • http://Website Alfred S.

    i can’t wait for this phone to come out i’m saving my income tax check for this phone

  • http://twitter.com/twittencrypt encrypt

    Nice article, I hope that the new phones will be good… Very sad that HTC will not use NVIDIA’s Tegra, we can only hope that Qualcomm’s chips are good enough, but I have a bad feeling… if you ever owned the HTC Kaiser you will know what I mean! ;-)

    The other thing I don’t understand is, why… goddamn WHY ANDROIDANDME? Why do you think the Pyramid will be headed to T-Mobile? I sometimes think that some bloggers have the feeling that there is only the United States of American and nothing more. Come down folks, MWC will be in Barcelona and HTC will announce devices on a global base.

  • http://Website Richard

    I wish tmobile well with there pyramid smartphone they deserve a true flagship device…. But as usual and well known i am waiting for my HTC EVO 2 4G that will the best device on android for 2011 trust me on that sprint has been way to quiet… CTIA AFTER MWC… CAN’T WAIT

  • http://Website Greg

    Reading the Optimus 2X reviews has me second-guessing it, so I’m pretty much set on the Pyramid (assuming it goes to T-Mobile). I love HTC’s build quality and I’m hoping they take the N1 power-user niche into consideration…

  • http://Website Andre

    Dual screen FTW!

    /s

    • http://Website Paul Atreides

      lol I almost spit hot tea and mucus all over my monitor when I read that!

  • http://Website Wes

    Do you think there is any chance Pyramid will have laptop dock accessory like Atrix? I really love that about the Atrix. Also the fingerprint reader would be really nice to have on Pyramid. Really looking forward to hearing the full specs for this phone!

  • http://www.ecoengineers.com Steve Short

    As well as Samsung with the Nexus one, HTC also won’t openly acknowledge the rebooting problem now applies to most of the original HTC Desires — all models from HT03 all the way through to HT08.

    Literally 10s of 1000s of Desires (and some Evos) are now entering a premature end of life phase.

    BTW, the problem is not the software it is the motherboard overheating — especially following a sim card replacement and/or Froyo update.

    Good luck trying to get a mobo replacement from your phone service providers — it’s invariably a nightmare! If you don’t belive just read the blogs.

    This gigantic Snapdragon cpu failure problem has the potential to damage Android badly and drive many people back to iPhones.

    Perhaps this is really why LG is going with another cpu from another manufacturer?

  • http://Website Jake

    The HTC Verdi has my attention.
    Assuming that, like the Xoom and Tab10.1, the Verdi will be a “google experience” Android 3 tablet. So no Sense allowed.
    One of the reasons I went Windows Phone 7 HTC Trophy for my new phone.
    Now I very welcome a “google experience” 10.1″ Android 3.0 Tablet.

  1. Pyramid WILL be my next phone, cannot wait!! — D go Magenta!! — D in the meantime loving my MT4G still.

    • AlexGuest 4 years ago

      How can you afford to buy a new high-end Android phone every few months?

      I purchased a phone last spring and I’m not upgrading until next year. Currently, I mostly just use my phone for the internet and my iPod for games, because Android currently doesn’t have very good games compared to the iPod touch.

      Until developers start releasing their games to Android at the same time as the iPhone and with the same features as the iPhone’s version of the game, I don’t see any value in upgrading my Android phone.

      • AdamGuest 4 years ago

        Some people have more money that others. That’s like saying, “‘How can you afford that Porsche? All I have is a Honda Civic?”

  2. BGuest 4 years ago

    Pyramid for me, if it indeed comes to T-Mobile. It’s hard to get any phone other than an HTC for me. As far as tablets, however, the G Slate has my attention.

    • Phillip WalkerGuest 4 years ago

      Could not agree more, but if T-Mo pulls what Verizon pulled with the Xoom the Verdi might be the only reasonable option.

    • Plan on getting the G-Slate as well, Excellent specs Excellent battery life Excellent Storage Excellent CPU.

  3. Phillip WalkerGuest 4 years ago

    If they Competativley price the Verdi, give it multiple a WiFi Version free of any carriers, throw a dual-core snapdragon in there, and market it like they did the EVO it will eat every competitor’s lunch and push them off the swings.

    • Phillip WalkerGuest 4 years ago

      Multiple versions including a WiFi only Version* Was thinking ahead of myself.

  4. FredGuest 4 years ago

    With HTC’s Pyramid phone, when it goes to T-mobile, do you think it will be called G3, Mytouch (something), or another name?

    Personally, I extremely highly doubt that it will be called the G3 since the G2 just came out, and I hope its not a Mytouch phone since the Mytouch phones have a really shitty UI.

    • Noriega713Guest 4 years ago

      I want the G3 to have a physical keyboard…and beast ass everything else (screen, camara, Hspa+ 42 mbps and Android 2.3 or 2.4,…can’t forget dual or quad core if possible.)

    • I think T-Mobile already has special plans for the G series…

  5. olddognutrxGuest 4 years ago

    I own 3 HTC products and love ‘em. I won’t hesitate to look at anything they offer. I’m especially intrigued by the 10 inch tablet. Hopefully it has a wifi only version at launch.

  6. TpayneGuest 4 years ago

    They’re probably cooking up the next Incredible/Desire; codename Vivo

    • UniqueNateGuest 4 years ago

      Another rumor was said about that, and it will be white this time with a silver banding around it. Some type of back I can’t remember. I just hope they step away from these refreshes. That’s all their latest devices are looking a like to me. I hope they don’t throw in a dual core and pretty much be an Evo, just with a dual core. Make it different. Change the design. I like unibody but change the physical shape. I’m thinking they’ll surprise us.

      • anakin78zGuest 4 years ago

        I still think the evo is one of the nicest designs out there. The fact that every other scarier is getting a similar phone from HTC sort of makes me think that others agree.
        That being said, I think dome of the other HTC phones could probably use a refresh.

        • UniqueNateGuest 4 years ago

          A refreh isn’t a new phone. It’s just slight features boosted up and maybe one additional feature or app that wasn’t on the original, like the thunderbolt. It’s everything the Evo was. Just latest version of it and a new Skype app smh.

          HTC, give me a sleek unibody, not like what you already have with a big screen and fancy quality inside and out. I want a metal & glass phone. March come please.

  7. Pyramid sounds like my next phone. Finally, a worthy successor to my good ol’ Nexus One! Oh there have been phones coming out *better* than the Nexus One; I’m just talking about waiting for a device that is a “sweet spot” and it sounds like the Pyramid (as well as a few others coming out at that time) are next gen and will actually last a year (have the guts to run everything, including latest OS), like my Nexus One did. Too bad HTC/Google/T-mobile still has not given us the promised Nexus One update to Gingerbread.

    • tomnewtnGuest 4 years ago

      Same here!. N1 is doing great and I don’t want to lose the great deal I get with TMO’s loyalty plan, so this Pyramid sounds like a worthy upgrade.

      • love my Loyalty plan as well, you just cannot beat it! – D I always plan on keeping it.

    • sansenoyGuest 4 years ago

      Honestly, I can’t think of a single phone truly better than the N1, maybe better touch sensors and better screens, but android hasn’t moved past 2.2 yet, and all those devices just seem underengineered in comparison, especially in the design and build quality department…

  8. KevnivGuest 4 years ago

    Heading to T-mobile to get in line for my Pyramid

  9. Christian B.Guest 4 years ago

    The Pyramid will be incredible. And if they made some last minute changes(dual core? Hspa+?) to the Flyer, I will totally be picking one up.

  10. AnthonyGuest 4 years ago

    I can’t wait to see the Pyramid and its full specs. Right now its my only hope for my dream phone on a carrier other than AT&T.

    Hey Taylor, does this mean you are no longer getting the Atrix? :)

    • Oh I’m getting that Atrix 4G!

      • sw1ftk1tGuest 4 years ago

        Loser…

      • sansenoyGuest 4 years ago

        I have serious doubts about that phone, it’s a motorola after all, they still pursue dumbphone business strategies with their highend devices, at least here in europe. Not really my first choice for breaking any new ground in mobile…

      • AnthonyGuest 4 years ago

        Heh, you stick to what you say at least, so I can respect that. XD

        I’ve been on AT&T for almost 2 years and I can’t wait to get off; I just can’t take the dropped calls, missed notifications, and late texts anymore.

        Honestly though I hope you have a better experience and get to enjoy the Atrix.

        • GregGuest 4 years ago

          I want him to switch to AT&T just so we can enjoy the hilarity that will undoubtedly ensue.

  11. ablkidaGuest 4 years ago

    The verdi sounds intriguing and I might buy it. I do have a question though. Can they put sense over honeycomb? If it has sense then its not for me. As for the phone, I’m happy with my G2 and unless they come out with a G3 (Taylor tell us the secret of the G3 that you know, or am I reading too much into your comment?) that is super bad ass then, I’m staying with my G2 for a while.

    • I know nothing of this “G3″

      • PhonegeekGuest 4 years ago

        Hmm maybe won’t be called the G3 but I’m not going to assume anything. When they do make a G3 I hope it has the latest specs and they hold back on nothing . I think the G series should be their flag ship phones. mytouch is nice and all but my G2 even without the highest specs and ffc, clocked processor (all that jazz) is phenomenal.

        • ablkidaGuest 4 years ago

          Maybe… so what is this “G” series that you are talking about? Did I wrongfully assume that it would be the G3?

          Wait… what are we talking about? Haha!

  12. swazedahustlaGuest 4 years ago

    Only one HTC phone im looking for…….HTC/SPRINT/EVO 2…will be worth the wait mos def.

  13. Paul AtreidesGuest 4 years ago

    I’m going to gamble now and say the Pyramid is definitely the EVO 2…fingers crossed welp!

    • MarcoGuest 4 years ago

      But I don’t think Sprint would let the Evo 2 go on Tmobile…

      • Paul AtreidesGuest 4 years ago

        T-mobile will get a “tweaked” version probably with Espresso Sense. I don’t see T-mobile picking this up anytime before the fall. I’d bet they’re banking on that sidekick contraption and the Vibrant 4g for the next coming months. I’d would be very surprised if not, and I’ll print out this post and eat my words.

  14. mikeGuest 4 years ago

    I bet all of these things will come with Sense. I know that is HTC’s thing, but I do not like it.

  15. Alfred S.Guest 4 years ago

    i can’t wait for this phone to come out i’m saving my income tax check for this phone

  16. encryptGuest 4 years ago

    Nice article, I hope that the new phones will be good… Very sad that HTC will not use NVIDIA’s Tegra, we can only hope that Qualcomm’s chips are good enough, but I have a bad feeling… if you ever owned the HTC Kaiser you will know what I mean! ;-)

    The other thing I don’t understand is, why… goddamn WHY ANDROIDANDME? Why do you think the Pyramid will be headed to T-Mobile? I sometimes think that some bloggers have the feeling that there is only the United States of American and nothing more. Come down folks, MWC will be in Barcelona and HTC will announce devices on a global base.

  17. RichardGuest 4 years ago

    I wish tmobile well with there pyramid smartphone they deserve a true flagship device…. But as usual and well known i am waiting for my HTC EVO 2 4G that will the best device on android for 2011 trust me on that sprint has been way to quiet… CTIA AFTER MWC… CAN’T WAIT

  18. GregGuest 4 years ago

    Reading the Optimus 2X reviews has me second-guessing it, so I’m pretty much set on the Pyramid (assuming it goes to T-Mobile). I love HTC’s build quality and I’m hoping they take the N1 power-user niche into consideration…

  19. AndreGuest 4 years ago

    Dual screen FTW!

    /s

    • Paul AtreidesGuest 4 years ago

      lol I almost spit hot tea and mucus all over my monitor when I read that!

  20. WesGuest 4 years ago

    Do you think there is any chance Pyramid will have laptop dock accessory like Atrix? I really love that about the Atrix. Also the fingerprint reader would be really nice to have on Pyramid. Really looking forward to hearing the full specs for this phone!

  21. Steve ShortGuest 4 years ago

    As well as Samsung with the Nexus one, HTC also won’t openly acknowledge the rebooting problem now applies to most of the original HTC Desires — all models from HT03 all the way through to HT08.

    Literally 10s of 1000s of Desires (and some Evos) are now entering a premature end of life phase.

    BTW, the problem is not the software it is the motherboard overheating — especially following a sim card replacement and/or Froyo update.

    Good luck trying to get a mobo replacement from your phone service providers — it’s invariably a nightmare! If you don’t belive just read the blogs.

    This gigantic Snapdragon cpu failure problem has the potential to damage Android badly and drive many people back to iPhones.

    Perhaps this is really why LG is going with another cpu from another manufacturer?

  22. JakeGuest 4 years ago

    The HTC Verdi has my attention.
    Assuming that, like the Xoom and Tab10.1, the Verdi will be a “google experience” Android 3 tablet. So no Sense allowed.
    One of the reasons I went Windows Phone 7 HTC Trophy for my new phone.
    Now I very welcome a “google experience” 10.1″ Android 3.0 Tablet.