Jan 20 AT 12:22 PM Taylor Wimberly 13 Comments

First HTC Bravo pic reveals optical joystick

We took a close look at the HTC Bravo last month and now new details of the phone are leaking out. UK site Omio has posted the first blurry pic of the device along with some release info. Sources tell Omio that the HTC Bravo will be coming to T-Mobile UK in late March and should be their next flagship phone.

The HTC Bravo features similar specs to the Nexus One with some minor tweaks. An optical joystick replaces the trackball, Sense UI replaces stock Android, and multitouch functions have been implemented by HTC. The Bravo also features four physical buttons instead of the capacitive touch input buttons that were included with the Nexus One.

Based on previous comments from our readers, I’m guessing many of you might prefer this phone over the Nexus One. Everyone wants multitouch functions as part of the OS and we are still baffled why Google opted for one-handed operation on their branded Android phone. The Sense UI is easily the most popular alternative to stock Android and I’m excited to see what HTC has done with Android 2.1.

T-Mobile UK and T-Mobile US always carry different phones, so who knows if the Bravo will actually make it to the United States. Hopefully one of the big carriers is paying attention and is already hard at work to bring this 1 GHz superphone to our shores.

[Thanks Earnest for the tip]

Source: Omio

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  • http://Website Todd

    I like the look of that “joystick” as a replacement for the trackball, but…it and the price of importing a Bravo doesn’t warrant it over the Nexus One.

    Besides, there’s already an easy hack to add multi-touch to Nexus One.

  • http://www.google.com Eric Schmidt

    Jizzed in my pants.

  • http://Website NODO-GT

    yes but, bravo is going to have HD video capture and playback, thats big advantage over nexus one…
    will this phone be available unlocked?

  • http://Website Tony

    Why is everyone so bothered about mutlitouch, its a gimmick anyway and I much prefer double tap to zoom in the eclair browser.

    Multitouch is probably the only feature added by having a rooted phone that I never ever use. I’m sick of reading about the fact a phone has or doesn’t have it as being a big deal because it isn’t at all. Isnt the reason its not in the default android OS is that google don’t want to pay Apple which imo is fine because Apple should never have been allowed to patent something like MT in the first place.

    • http://Website Silan

      The reason why pinchzoom is always mentioned, is part because a lot of people DO use and love it, and part because Google has yet to make any clear statement regarding multitouch.
      So, as long as they keep saying things like; “its still being looked at”, people will keep questioning the lack of multitouch.

      • http://Website dutch

        I AGree with tony multitouch is pointless for me. i actually prefer a zoom in and zoom out button. i mean it just seems easier to use one finger instead of two. who was the genius that let apple patent anything on a touch phone?

  • http://Website Bluepork

    Question for me is, will the benefit of Sense UI outweigh the knowledge that updates to Android will be implemented immediately on the Nexus?

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      I’ll take routine updates over Sense UI anyday.

  • http://Website Usman

    Is this still coming with only 320mb RAM?

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      The rumor is 320 MB RAM, but nothing is official. Maybe it will get bumped up to 512 MB RAM like the Nexus One.

  • http://Website poinck

    It has Sense UI *hmpf* My next phone still will be the Nexus One, because iDon’t want to hack my phone to get a pure Android OS with Slidescreen. (o:

  • http://Website Levi

    According to the specs in the previous link it does not speak the 3G frequencies of US carriers, especially AT&T that almost no Android phones speak that I know of with the exception of maybe the Acer Liquid a1 (s100). (If I am wrong here, please send me a note :) I need a phone for Europe for the most part but I am going to spend quite a bit of time in the US and will get on a relative’s AT&T plan. I need a phone. And it looks like once again, this will not be it no matter how much I love it based on all other specs.

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