HTC announces first wave of phones that will receive Ice Cream Sandwich

HTC has just unveiled the name of the phones included in the first wave of Ice Cream Sandwich update roll out. The handsets listed below will receive the ICS Android 4.0 in early 2012:

- HTC Sensation
- HTC Sensation XL
- HTC Sensation XE
- HTC Rezound
- HTC EVO 3D
- HTC EVO Design 4G
- HTC Amaze 4G

You will also note that they are all based on the MSM826X platform.

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Upcoming HTC event taking place on April 12th. Is it Android or Windows Phone 7 related ?

HTC has just started sending out invites for an April 12th event taking place in London. We already know that the HTC EVO 3D is scheduled to hit Europe this year and that the HTC Pyramid is also about to hit the streets. April 12 th is also¬† when Microsoft’s MIX11 event is taking place in Las Vegas so one can also assume that some Windows Phone 7 devices will be unveiled too. HTC has apparently the HTC Ingite and HTC Prime ready to go and both are supposedly powered by Qualcomm’s MSM7230 which should be part of the new chassis that are probably going to be discussed by Microsoft.

So what do you all think we are going to see?

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HTC EVO 3D coming to Europe / France

The mighty HTC EVO 3D is apparently coming to France (and probably other European countries) according to the company’s french twitter account. As you already know the original HTC EVO 4G was a US only device that never saw the light of the day in any other country so it was assumed that the same was going to happen with the EVO 3D and that the European version of it would probably be the 3D-less HTC Pyramid which sports the same MSM8X60 dual-core SoC. The European version will also sport the same HTC EVO 3D name.

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HTC EVO 3D hardware specifications

HTC has just officially announced and unveiled their highest end and most powerful product ever: the HTC EVO 3D. The only handset comparable to it is the LG Optimus 3D which has essentially the same features but is differentiated by the chipset and SoC used to power the device. Contrary to the Optimus 3D which uses a TI OMAP4 4430 the HTC EVO 3D is using Qualcomm’s latest dual-core Cortex A8 SoC the MSM8660 and its Adreno 220 GPU which I showed you in action here. It has a similar 4.3inch qHD 960×540 glasses free 3D display (parallax barrier) has 2 5Mpix cameras on the back for shooting 720P 3D video, a 1.3Mpix front facing cam and HDMI out via the micron USB connector for 1080P (2D) and 720P (3D). In terms of hardware this device is a real beast. The device will be running Android 2.3 Gingerbread at first with the latest version of HTC Sense on top.

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HTC Pyramid shot in the wild

Here are the first blurry shots of HTC’s upcoming super high-end Android handset the HTC Pyramid. The device which is supposedly powered by Qualcomm’s latest MSM8260/MSM8660 SoC and its Adreno 220 GPU (see it in action here) looks similar to the renders we saw just a few days ago. The device is also said to feature a 4.3 qHD 960 x 450 screen (and a glasses less 3D one for the HTC EVO 3D). One more shot of the HTC Pyramid next to the Derise HD after the break:

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HTC EVO 3D & HTC EVO View specifications partially leaked

CTIA is shaping up to be big for Sprint who is apparently scheduled to unveiled its new line up of WiMax enabled Android devices on March 22. The first one is going to be the HTC EVO 3D which seems to be the CDMA/WiMAX version of the long rumored HTC Pyramid. The EVO 3D will be powered by an MSM8660 SoC and its Adreno 220 GPU which you can see in action in my MWC video here. It will also pack 1GB of RAM, 4GB of ROM and and glasses free auto-stereoscopic 4.3 qHD 960 x 450 3D display , similar to the one found on the LG Optimus 3D which I showed you here. It will also have a 1730Mha battery, 1080P hdmi output for regular 2D content and 720P 3D output, a 5mpix camera & 1.3 Mpix front facing one.

As I said before; Windows Phone 7 doesn’t necessarily need more powerful hardware right now but when you look at the specifications above (and most other high-end Android devices to be released soon) and factor in the fact that Microsoft is being sluggish with the OS updates I personally¬† think that most people are not going to buy an WP7 handset in the coming months. Now if Microsoft was more reactive then things would be different but only 2 updates a year? That’s not going to cut it.

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