Mysterious Worldphone (LTE Android device?) with 1.2GHz processor set to debut in 2011.
Verizon (VZ) is notoriously bad at keeping their handsets a secret. For instance, its Droid 2 smartphone has been pictured all over the web for months, yet Verizon or Motorola (MOT), the manufacturer, haven't officially said anything about it.
Is it possible that the Droid 3 is already making the rounds at the rumor sites, even before Verizon and Motorola announce the Droid 2? Perhaps, if the image below is any indication. Until now, early leaks haven't had any sort of catastrophic effect on Verizon's phone sales. In fact, they only seem to build anticipation. But leaking six months ahead of time might cause some would-be Droid 2 purchasers to hesitate.
This phone was unearthed by the folks at Androidguys.com and isn't scheduled for release until early 2011. That's about the time the Droid 2, scheduled for release on August 12th if the rumor sites/Best Buy are to be believed, will be getting stale.
This device is made by HTC and will be a 'Worldphone' (works on international GSM networks) according to AndroidGuys. It had a tell tale Vodafone SIM card in it, something that US Verizon phones don't currently require to be on their current generation network.
More interestingly, the SIM could also indicate it is the first Android LTE phone (Vodafone owns a minority stake in Verizon Wireless). Verizon plans to have 30 markets lit up for its 4G LTE network by the end of 2010.
The new HTC phone is about the size of an EVO but with a slightly smaller screen. A comparison picture is posted below.
With Windows Mobile device sales on the decline, HTC more than makes up with Android. The Wall Street Journal points out (subscription required) that HTC posted a profit of $268 million for Q2 2010. That's up 33% year over year from $202 million in Q2 2009 and the highest HTC has posted since it changed its accounting practices in 2007. HTC reported $1.88 billion in revenue, $280 million over its estimates MORESeth Weintraub - Jul 6, 2010 12:53 PM ET
If a snapped circular is to be believed, Best Buy Mobile will soon be carrying a white version of Sprint's popular EVO starting July 11th.
PhoneArena.com took a picture of a purported Best Buy circular (right, full sized, below) which seems to indicate that Sprint's EVO 4G will be coming in White. The white EVO is expected to be a Best Buy Mobile exclusive until August, and orders are supposed to MORESeth Weintraub - Jun 18, 2010 11:45 AM ET
That monster 4.3 inch screen isn't only the EVO's biggest asset, it might be its biggest curse.
Some reports are coming in that the Sprint's highly-acclaimed EVO 4G Smartphone may have some screen problems.
Last week, there were isolated reports that the EVO's screen was popping out of place, perhaps due to faulty glue. Unfortunely Engadget used this guy's screen as an example"
I'm not sure I'd trust that this guy is the MORESeth Weintraub - Jun 14, 2010 6:26 PM ET
Sprint changed its launch day numbers down to the combined weekend totals of its two previous best sellers combined.
The Sprint EVO 4G is selling very well, even if it isn't selling as well as Sprint previously stated. Sprint today said that it had misstated the original numbers by adding an extra 3x in its original statement.
Sprint said on Tuesday the total number of HTC EVO 4G devices sold on the launch day MORESeth Weintraub - Jun 9, 2010 9:33 AM ET
Sprint is now sold out online and in retail stores of its EVO 4G but are working day and night to replenish stocks.
Update: Sprint has revised their numbers downwards.
Sprint yesterday announced that the EVO outsold its previous record holder, the Palm Pre, by more than a factor of six -- in one third the time. Today's news is even more telling. On the day after Apple (AAPL) announced its next MORESeth Weintraub - Jun 8, 2010 4:56 PM ET
Reader discusses intangibles like screen size when moving from iPhone to Sprint's EVO.
I would like to add a couple of points [on the iPhone vs. Flagship Androids post].
I have the Apple 3GS and the EVO 4G. I have found the battery on the Evo to be as good or better! For example I last charged the Evo 18 hours ago and still have 60%. I used it for moderate usage, MORESeth Weintraub - Jun 8, 2010 12:09 PM ET
The EVO eclipsed the sales of the Palm Pre and Samsung Instinct, Sprint's previous record holders, by a huge margin.
Update: Sprint has since revised its numbers downwards.
A Sprint press release this morning tried to quantify the amount of EVOs sold:
Friday sales of HTC EVO 4G marked the largest quantity of a single phone sold in one day ever for Sprint - the record was previously held by both Samsung InstinctTM MORESeth Weintraub - Jun 7, 2010 7:08 AM ET
I'm not sure if this is a good for sales or bad for the brand, but I'm now watching, mouth agape, the Sprint EVO 4G on the Home Shopping Network.
There is no such thing as bad publicity? Certainly, my EVO is as cool as it was yesterday, isn't it? (via Good and EVO)Seth Weintraub - Jun 6, 2010 11:46 PM ET
The Sprint Superphone had strong demand even if people weren't lined up around the corner.
I went to a Best Buy and a Sprint Store today to see what customers were saying about the new Sprint EVO 4G. Not surprisingly, both stores were pretty busy and both were out of stock when I showed up. The people I had talked to had pre-ordered their EVOs and were pretty knowledgeble about the MORESeth Weintraub - Jun 4, 2010 10:35 PM ET
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