Feb 15 AT 2:57 PM Dylan Andersen 32 Comments

HTC Desire (Bravo) expected to be next Android superphone

It looks like HTC is set to announce their next Android 2.1 flagship phone (with Sense UI onboard) tomorrow at Barcelona’s yearly Mobile World Congress. The phone was ousted by the sneaky kids at the MoDaCo forums and they even let some purported specs leak a little early. This beast looks to be a Nexus One, with the addition of a FM radio, optical trackball, and physical buttons.

Since we last saw the Desire, the internal RAM has also been bumped from 256 to 320 to now 576 MB.

No carrier has been announced, but we know this phone is a GSM/HSPA device which would play nicely with AT&T and T-Mobile.

Here’s a list of the supposed specs:

  • CPU Speed – 1 GHz
  • Platform – Androidâ„¢ 2.1 (Éclair) with HTC Sense
  • Memory – ROM: 512 MB, RAM: 576 MB
  • Dimensions – (LxWxT) 119 x 60 x 11.9 mm (4.7 x 2.36 x 0.47 inches)
  • Weight – 135 grams (4.76 ounces) with battery
  • Display – 3.7-inch AMOLED touch-sensitive screen with 480 X 800 WVGA resolution
  • Network – HSPA/WCDMA:
    • Europe/Asia: 900/2100 MHz
    • Upload speed of up to 2 Mbps and download speed of up to 7.2 Mbps
  • Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE:
    • 850/900/1800/1900 MHz (Band frequency, HSPA availability, and data speed are operator dependent.)
  • Onscreen navigation – Optical Trackball
  • GPS – Internal GPS antenna
  • Sensors -
    • Proximity sensor
    • Ambient light sensor
    • G-Sensor
    • Digital compass
  • Connectivity – Bluetooth® 2.1 with FTP/OPP for file transfer, A2DP for wireless stereo headsets,
    and PBAP for phonebook access from the car kit
  • Wi-Fi® – IEEE 802.11 b/g
  • 3.5 mm stereo audio jack
  • Standard Micro-USB (5-pin micro-USB 2.0)
  • Camera - 5 megapixel color camera with auto focus and flashlight
  • Audio supported formats
    • Playback: .aac, .amr, .ogg, .m4a, .mid, .mp3, .wav, .wma,
    • Recording: .amr
  • Video supported formats
    • Playback: .3gp, .3g2, .mp4, .wmv
    • · Recording: .3gp
  • Battery – Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery
  • Capacity – 1400 mAh
  • Talk time:
    • Up to 390 minutes for WCDMA
    • Up to 400 minutes for GSM
  • Standby time:
    • Up to 360 hours for WCDMA
    • Up to 340 hours for GSM
  • Expansion Slot – microSDâ„¢ memory card (SD 2.0 compatible)
  • AC Adapter Voltage range/frequency – 100 ~ 240 V AC, 50/60 Hz
  • DC output – 5 V and 1 A
  • Special Feature – Friend Stream

We’ll let you know more as we hear it, but as of right now – this is definitely going to be the flagship Sense UI device for HTC, no doubt.

Source: MoDaCo

Dylan Andersen is a part-time developer, part-time student and full-time Android aficionado. Hailing from Colma, CA, he's knee-deep in tech territory. Currently working on his Bachelor's in English at San Francisco State University, he's always up to date on the latest mods, hacks, and applications for Android. In his spare time, he loves to drink root beer and incessantly play Battlefield 3.

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  • http://Website Marcelo L

    If it’s not coming to TMo, or if they don’t address the issues with the floating point library……pass.

    • http://dylandersen.me/ Dylan Andersen

      The FPL issues will eventually be fixed and remedied, somewhere, somehow by someone – we all know that. T-Mobile or Sprint will probably pick this phone up.. Sprint needs a recent successor to the Hero, and T-Mobile still doesn’t have a full, non-keyboard touchscreen Android phone other than the myTouch. This might join the myTouch line? Who knows.

      • http://Website Nithin Jino

        If this phone is being called the Mytouch Desire I’m going to kill myself.

        But I do hope this comes to T-Mobile and I hope the Legend does too.

        As long as it doesn’t go to power hungry Verizon then I’m happy.

        • http://Website Jamie W

          Really? Guys, T-Mo has no use for this. This is pretty much the Nexus One, just ported to another carrier… and if ported to another GSM carrier… well, at least in the US, it would indicate AT&T. Not sure outside of the States.

          • http://Website dave w

            agreed. tmo makes no sense. at&t makes perfect sense (i’ve got a personal interest and hopes in this, but doubts). however, behind the scenes things don’t always go the way that makes sense. nobody really knows. i could also see sprint getting it. there’s no real reason that they need it, but they’ll want it. and if they want it, they’ll likely get it. they always have when it comes to htc.

  • http://Website lordhong

    Why talk time is longer than standby time?
    I mean, it actually use LESS power when in talk mode???

    Another selling point to get unlimited voice plan? LOL

    “# Talk time:

    * Up to 390 minutes for WCDMA
    * Up to 400 minutes for GSM

    # Standby time:

    * Up to 360 hours for WCDMA
    * Up to 340 hours for GSM

    • http://Website Hellfenix

      Dude.. Minutes vs HOURS, units are important you know..

    • http://Website SquirrelWithAGunAtTheZoo

      Check again: Talk time is in minutes and standby time is in hours.

      Another question I have (probably a ridiculous one, but one I really would like answered) is: Can you still sync contacts with a gmail account (like standard Android without sense does) on an android phone with sense? It’s one of those features I’d hate to miss, and entering phone numbers manually again is _really_ something I can do without.

      • http://dylandersen.me/ Dylan Andersen

        Yes, Sense allows you to do everything stock Android will let you do, including syncing those Gmail contacts; however, some may argue that Sense does it even better than stock Android because it also aggregates your Facebook contacts and will pull in Facebook statuses, etc. etc.

        • http://Website SquirrelWithAGunAtTheZoo

          I don’t care about syncing social networking contacts; In fact, I’d rather prefer those didn’t sync up along with my phone numbers, so I hope that using that feature is optional. But thank you for your answer – It has made this phone a bit more desirable (it already was quite desirable, of course) =)

        • http://Website kris

          everytime I get a new phone something better comes like a week later… I just got the fender … I want to be happy about it, I mean I love the phone but how can I knowing that something like this comes out right after I got it … I dont know how to feel anymore lol

  • http://Website larry

    All these new phones are neat and all. But why do they continue with the weak memory. I want 8gb built in storage minimum + whatever size SD card i choose to jam in there. Seems samsung is the only one going there with the Halo, but i dont want a phone from sammy.

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  • Manly Man

    if this go to t-mobile or sprint i might get this instead of the nexus one (but thats a big maybe though)!

    When does it come out!

  • http://Website Nithin Jino

    This phone has more RAM than the holy nexus one.

    This is my next phone (I hope). More powerful than the nexus one and when this gets rooted I will be in heaven.

    • Manly Man

      oh i see. you know when this cominh out!

      • http://Website Nithin Jino

        Are you trying to be smart? Because you are failing.

        I’m just saying that this will be my next phone and if not then the legend.

        BTW It should come out in the Spring like around March/May

        • Manly Man

          Nope, If I was you would be laughing!

  • http://Phonefreek.posterous.com Phone Freek

    Gee, maybe 3g will even work on it… If you’re lucky.

  • Manly Man

    And does this have Live wallpapers?

  • http://Website EDog

    Dylan, if this does hit t-mo it will be the 2nd full touch android phone, (Behold 2) also runs android.
    Jamie W, T_mo does not carry the Nexus 1, it is just supported by the network, no carriers carry the Nexus 1.

    • http://Website Daniel

      What’s a “full touch phone”?

  • http://Website Gopal

    What happened to the DivX and Dolby Mobile support that the Bravo was originally announced with?

  • http://simplyblog.net Miguel

    Yeah, I may go this route over the N1. I’m still playing the waiting game. :)


  • http://Website kathi17

    I sure hope this comes to T-Mo. It is GSM, so it will be either them or AT&T, I would think.

    Even if this comes to AT&T, I would consider buying it if it can be unlocked and using it on T-Mobile. We don’t have 3G here, and probably won’t for a long time, since most places are still on GPRS anyway, so there would be very few times I would miss it.

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  • http://Website drymr

    And about the Supersonic ?
    the HD2 for android ?

  • Manly Man

    will this have 2 microphones build in it?

  • http://Website kris

    anyone hear about the “bill to phone” feature for the market or the sense UI coming to the magic yet?


  • http://Website phuzzykiller

    Anyone hear if a N. American (Canada) version will be available?? I know the Nexus One is NA, but it just doesn’t have the specs that this does.

  • http://Website Thomas

    It was sick to have just 512MB ROM and no video conferencing camera. You cannot configure couple of email clients and then download applications on the phone. It will soon say its out of memory and even SMS will not be delivered.

    The video resolution is not HD and the fps is just 15. Battery life is sick, the phone will die in couple of hours if you are using it as your mobile computer which boasts 1GHz processor.

    Anyday Samsung Galaxy-S is better when compared to all the above..

    HTC designers are really sick with no sense of what they are trying to compete with such as an IPhone which can download any number of applications.