Taiwan-based mobile phone maker HTC Corporation has seen its roadmap for the first half of the next year leaked into the wild a few days ago, and now some additional details on one of the leaked devices emerged. The handset in question is the HTC Bravo, a Snapdragon-powered Android phone, which is now said to turn out into none other than the already rumored / leaked HTC Passion.
The news on Bravo and Passion being the same handset comes from DigiTimes, which suggests that the device is to become available for purchase in the US as Passion in early 2010, and then being launched in Europe on the airwaves of T-Mobile as Bravo. While US will enjoy the new Snapdragon-based Android phone in January, Europe will receive it only after April arrives, it seems.
Referring to the leaked roadmap from HTC, DigiTimes notes the following: “In terms of percentage, Android phones will account for over 60% of new models and Windows Mobile models will take up less than 40%. The Android-powered performance model, the Bravo, will replace Windows Mobile-based devices as the most importance handset launched by HTC in the first half of 2010, according to a Chinese-language Commercial Times report.”
It is rather interesting that Bravo and Passion are said now to be the one and the same handset. Only yesterday, an article on the news site pointed out that Passion would arrive on the market with a 3.5-inch multi-touch OLED display, and that it was delayed to the first quarter of the next year so as to offer HTC enough time to polish the software solution on the device.
On the other hand, the leaked specs on Bravo suggested that it would come with a 3.7-inch WVGA AMOLED screen, clearly different from the Passion. One way or the other, in case the HTC Passion will prove to be more than just a rumor and will indeed land in January, it shouldn't be too long before official details on it emerge. Stay tuned to learn the news on it.