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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  • dethduck

    What exactly is an “optical joystick”?

    • Taylor Wimberly

      I’m not sure exactly. It just looks like a pinhole you rub your finger over.

    • http://Website Rico Trevisan

      This guy’s explanation ( seems way too complex for what I really think it is: an optical mouse turned upside down.

      • Taylor Wimberly

        Exactly. The phone acts as the mouse and your finger as the surface (mousepad).

  • http://Website Daki

    The X10 has 385Mb RAM so the bravo hasn’t the most ram of any androidphone

    • http://Website Daki

      Sorry 384Mb RAM :)

  • http://Website Matt Jones

    What a great looking handset. I had pretty much settled for buying a Sony Ericsson X10 (depending on whether or not SE manage to screw up yet another potentially great handset) but this may end up getting my cash.

    Great to see a flash. As much as I love the Hero (definitely in my top 5 handsets ever) the camera is woeful. As a keen photographer…ok, I’ll be honest, I like taking photos when me and my friends are out drinking, it’s just impossible with the Hero. Obviously there’s more involved than just sticking a LED flash on the handset but it’s a step in the right direction.

    I’m obviously concerned with the Snapdragon. On one hand it’ll be great to have that much power under the hood but on the other is the battery up to it? There’s a 1350mAh battery in the Hero now and battery life is pretty poor (I’m a power user), will 1400mAh be enough? Unless Android 2.1 comes with some good power management I think we may have problems although as you said the AMOLED will help in that respect.

    Speaking of which, it’s good to see Android 2.1 on there. Been using it on my Hero in the last week and there’s some lovely enhancements over our current 1.5 builds.

    Why’s there not a bigger deal being made of native DivX playback? Huge win!

    Aesthetically it’s great looking handset too. Dark, matte finish with that huge screen. It’s a little thing but I really like the look of those LED lights at the top. I’m hoping they’re not an indication of which screen you’re on and instead they individually reference notifications, ie. LED 1 flashes when you have a text message, LED 2 when you have an e-mail, LED 3 when you haven’t loveingly stroked the handset for a while…you get the picture.

    • http://Website Andy

      “depending on whether or not SE manage to screw up yet another potentially great handset”

      You can set your mind at ease … they will. Bought a S-E Walkman phone and the headset had enough cord between the earbuds to circle a 747. My head’s big but come on!

  • http://Website #54

    WVGA doesn’t have to mean 480×800. I would say that screen is 480×854. Even better so.

    • http://Website SquirrelWithAGunAtTheZoo

      Actually it does. It’s a VESA standard you see.

    • http://Website jay

      VGA – 480×640
      WVGA – 480×800 (wide vga)
      FWVGA – 480×854 (full wide vga (16:9))

  • Brendan James

    I echo pretty much everything Matt Jones says. I love my HTC Hero too, but decent video and camera with flash would male it complete.

    Let’s hope they can get the power management right to make full use of more powerful processor too, without making battery life unacceptable.

  • http://Website Tomas Herman

    aight guys i think this is the hd2 clone we were all waiting for…its not as majestic imo but its good enough…i love the optical joystick .. i was always worried about the ball on hero to get fucked up fast since i just slam my phones into pocket of my jeans

  • http://Website Jeff

    I dont know what to choose! This or the sholes tablet.

  • http://Website cece

    Looks like there is no call/end call buttons ?
    I would miss them. Especially end call.

    • http://Website Ernesto

      It’s really not a big deal. I thought I would miss them when I got my Droid but it has a sensor so as soon as you move the phone away from your phone the screen turns back on and there’s a big “End” button on it. It works pretty nicely.

      • http://Website Ernesto

        Of course this is assuming HTC does the same ;)

  • http://Website andrew

    I want one so bad.

  • http://Website ontheFritz

    anyone else think the buttons are a little strange? Why the combined button for back and search? I’m hoping for 4 separate capacitive buttons like on the droid lineup.

    • http://Website Matt Jones

      Like on the Hero?

      • http://Website ontheFritz

        no like on Droid Eris and Moto Droid.

        • http://Website 9ooyan

          I’m actually disappointed with those feedback-less buttons on the droid and cliq. i want to depress a button and know that i’ve activated whatever it is i’m trying to activate. call me old fashioned, but i like it when i press a button and something happens.

          • http://Website the Goat

            You do get haptic feedback on the four dedicated buttons on the droid. The vibe motor gives a little jolt for every button press. Works really well. Actually it is much better feedback then soft mushy rubber “tv remote control” buttons.

          • http://Website 9ooyan

            @The Goat, thanks for sharing that….i wondered if those flush ‘buttons’ gave any indication they were being ‘pressed’. but i think ultimately whether these design features are ‘better’ is more a matter of opinion than anything else. i still prefer feeling the depression of the button. i mean, can you imagine an all touch keyboard for your PC, even with a little vibrate indicator? if given the option, i think you would prefer the old-fashioned mechanism. that’s just my assumption, though.

  • goncalossilva

    I just wish Europe wouldn’t have to wait 3 months(!) for it’s release, comparing to the US one. F*ck.

  • http://Website CJ

    It’s ugly! If it loses the buttons I’ll drop my MotoDroid and switch. Otherwise this thing is dead to me.

  • Max Fadia

    this is the coolest phone ever and i want it over my droid and it looks mad thin. by my preference the bravo looks smiler than the iPhone.

    • goncalossilva

      I also badly want this phone. I’ve just given up on buying the Liquid. Argh, I hope that they reach Europe sooner than expected, somehow…

  • http://Website DM

    Will it have a smudge free screen like the iphone?

  • bjfam83

    Ywhich phone vwould be better. htc bravo or htc hd2, what do you guys think?

    • http://Website Michael

      You’re asking that on an Android website?

      HTC Bravo, of course. Don’t go near the HD2.

  • freddayyy

    ufffffff looks amazing! hopefully the passion comes out for T-Mobile and so does this one :)
    its either this phone or the passion :)
    The Passion i would perfer, but if the passion doesnt come then i’ll love this phone :)

  • http://Website Andy

    So, I know MHz aren’t everything when talking about different types of processors. For instance, the Droid’s 550 MHz are much more than a 5 percent bump from the Hero’s 528. Has anyone seen a good comparison between the Snapdragon and the Droid’s processor? I heard Snapdragon doesn’t have a separate graphics chip like the Droid. True or not, and what does that mean for performance? The Droid’s got plenty of muscle for me and I’d buy it today if it were the slender slab that is possible by yanking out the keyboard, though I would like all the nice bits HTC adds to their Android phones.

  • http://Website ez

    i hope rogers gets it and put att to shame.

  • http://Website just some dude

    looks like the iphone, that form factor is getting a little old.

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  • http://Website JR

    So what is the latest with this phone? This information came out just before the “Google” NexusOne and now all the buzz is on that phone, but I like this one better due to the optical trackball and more importantly SENSE UI!

    I have both the G1 and Eris and going to the Eris from a stock Android phone is such a pleasure! It’s so much more refined and a much better experience. The only thing that I like about the Nexus One is the fact that they have the “cards” just like WebOS for multitasking, which is one this that Android has been missing.

    Please more info on the Bravo.

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