We've seen the leaked Design/Lifestyle handsets from HTC's 2010 portfolio and now it's time to see what the company has in store for the social networking market. These devices have an obvious focus on the social networking sites such as facebook, twitter, flickr as well as IM and also present us with the first Android devices with full keypads on the front.
HTC Tide - Touch or type, you decide" - April 2010:
Here we have the first Android with a physical alpha-numeric keypad albeit at the cost of screen size, there's just 2.68" for you here. However, this isn't trying to be an awe inspiring multi-media device and instead is geared for social networking and easier text input. There's also HTC's new "Friendstream" which is probably along the lines of Sony Ericsson's Timescape which compiles all your social networking data into one place , it's worth noting though that Friendstream is actually available on all these new HTC devices and not just the Social ones.
The bad news again is that the 528MHz Qualcomm makes another appearance along with 256MB RAM and a 3.2MP camera while the battery is a worrying 1130mAh.
HTC Salsa - "Social Networking with an EDGE" - June 2010:
The Salsa is the first Android with a full qwerty keypad on the front of the device and of course resembles it's Blackberry and Nokia E-Series competitors. Personally I think it's catastrophically ugly but there seems to be a market for this style of device. Again social networking and text input are the goals here while specs remain similar to the Tide with a 2.6" screen (landscape this time), 3.2MP camera, 256MB RAM and yes, once again, the Qualcomm 528MHz processor! This is outdated now so I have real concerns for this device launching with such hardware in June of next year and as if that wasn't enough the battery is a meagre 1100mAh, there may be trouble ahead for the Salsa.
Coming in Part 3: "Performance" from the HTC Bravo