HTC is holding a series of events on September 1st and some blogs are reporting that Windows Phone 7 will be the star of the show with a pair of devices codenamed Eternity and Omega, but we might also see the debut of the Android-powered HTC Kingdom.
A full RUU for the HTC Kindgom was leaked and the build.prop file confirmed some rumored specs and revealed new details. This leaked version of the Kingdom is being called the HTC Acquire for Alltel, but Sprint fans should also pay attention because the Kingdom is rumored to become HTC EVO Design 4G later this year.
The latest specs obtained from the HTC Kingdom build.prop file are:
- Android 2.3.4
- 4″ qHD (540 x 960) display
- 1.2 GHz Snapdragon S2 (MSM7x30)
- 768 MB RAM
- 5 MP rear camera, 1.3 MP front camera
- Bluetooth 3.0 & WiFI 802.11 b/g/n
- Support for 4G HSPA+
Gabe Peters of PocketNow posted very similar specs of the HTC Kingdom back in May and said it would support Sprint’s 4G WiMAX, so this appears to be the same device in the HSPA+ flavor. The name HTC EVO Design 4G first appeared in a leak on Engadget and then it was spotted again on Gameloft’s site, hinting that a release is coming soon.
For those of you already on Sprint, you can place this device right between the EVO 3D and the EVO Shift. It has the qHD display and front-facing camera like the EVO 3D, but it packs the single-core Snapdragon S2 like the EVO Shift. Seeing that HTC boosted the CPU speeds up to 1.2 GHz and increased the RAM to 768 MB, the EVO Design 4G will be faster than the original EVO 4G and could be sold as the non-3D, older brother.
The geeks among us might be turned off by the older Snapdragon S2 processor, but the Kingdom is still a nice upgrade to the majority of smartphones out there and it will come with 4G speeds and an affordable price tag.
If you were running AT&T or T-Mobile, would you add the HTC Kingdom to your smartphone lineup this quarter?
[Thank you Markus for the tip]