HTC is rumored to be working on two new Windows Phone 7 handsets at opposite ends of the spectrum with the Mango firmware update pre-loaded. The HTC Eternity will be a high-end Windows Phone 7 device while the HTC Omega will be targeted at the entry level demographic.
WMPU received a tip on the new handsets and the Eternity will be a huge phone–slotting in between the DellS treak 5-inch and the Samsung Infuse 4G with a display size of 4.7-inch. The Eternity will also utilize AMOLED screen technology, which would be a shift in strategy for HTC.
After the company had released the original HTC Droid Incredible 1, a world-wide AMOLED panel shortage forced the company to switch its product line to utilize LCD and Super LCD, also known as SLCD, screen technology. At the time, it was rumored that Samsung, which is the world leader and produces much of the AMOLED display panels, was reserving its AMOLED production for the company’s aggressive push behind its Galaxy S Android smartphone, which utilizes an AMOLED-based Super AMOLED display. As a result, continued component constraint behind AMOLED panels coupled with popular consumer demand left the Droid Incredible 1 out of stock at Verizon Wireless and forced HTC to switch to SLCD to accommodate customers.
The HTC Eternity will also support a wide-angle 8-megapixel camera with LED flash. Media sharing on the device will either be through DLNA technology or through a micro HDMI port.
The HTC Omega will be a smaller device, similar to the HTC Trophy that is rumored to be coming soon to Verizon Wireless. That device will have a 3.8-inch SLCD display–nearly an inch smaller than the HTC Eternity–and will accommodate a similar camera as the Eternity. It may eschew the HDMI port for pure DLNA support to connect to an HDTV.
The blog reports that HTC doesn’t own the trademarks currently to the Eternity and Omega monikers, and these could in fact be internal working names. Once released, these devices may be referred to by their release names, which could differ from codenames. For instance, the original HTC EVO 4G for Sprint was codenamed as the HTC Supersonic by HTC, but Sprint later called it the HTC “Evolution,” or ‘EVO’ for short, according to my conversation with Caroline Semerdjian of Sprint.
These devices will support the 1.5 GHz that’s found on the HTC Flyer or HTC EVO View 4G tablet. As Microsoft is using Qualcomm as an exclusive partner for Windows Phone at this time, we can expect that the 1.5 GHz CPU will be delivered by Qualcomm; the current generation of Windows Phone 7 devices utilize Qualcomm 1.0 GHz Snapdragon CPUs.
As this is the first time that we’re hearing about the Omega and Eternity, we’re going to call this an early rumor at this point.