HTC made a statement yesterday via Facebook on their intentions for the Ice Cream Sandwich update. A lot of us were wondering what HTC was going to do since Sense will pose a big challenge. If HTC can delivery ICS to these eight devices by early 2012, that would be remarkable. HTC is a dedicated company so I wouldn’t be surprised, and from the title of the post, they are leading us to believe this is just the beginning.
Our first wave of Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) updates for HTC handsets
HTC knows how excited our fans are to get their hands on Google’s latest version of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich, so we’re thrilled today to announce the first wave of HTC phones that will receive upgrades: We can confirm the brand new HTC Vivid is upgradeable to Ice Cream Sandwich. In addition, Ice Cream Sandwich is coming in early 2012 to a variety of devices including the HTC Sensation, HTC Sensation XL and HTC Sensation XE, as well as the HTC Rezound, HTC EVO 3D, HTC EVO Design 4G and HTC Amaze 4G through close integration with our carrier partners. We’re continuing to assess our product portfolio, so stay tuned for more updates on device upgrades, timing and other details about HTC and Ice Cream Sandwich.
The HTC Amaze 4G launched on T-Mobile earlier in the week alongside the Samsung Galaxy S II with very similar specs; Qualcomm dual-core 1.5GHz processor, 1GB RAM, 8MP rear camera, 2MP front-facing camera, and NFC. The biggest difference is the screen where the Galaxy S II has a 4.52-inch Super AMOLED Plus display while the Amaze has a 4.3-inch Super LCD display. As for resolution, the Amaze wins with 960 x 540 as opposed to the Galaxy S II at 800 x 480.
Fans of HTC and Sense will not be disappointed with the Amaze, but might be miffed that it comes with Sense 3.0, not Sense 3.5. Can the Amaze compete with the likes of the Galaxy S II? We will do a more in depth review shortly, but for now take a look at our initial hands on.
Last week we showed you a really nice press shot of the HTC Amaze 4G (aka Ruby), and today we have a couple of nice shots of the T-Mobile version. The rumored release date is October 26th, and the specs include:
- 4.3 qHD resolution
- 1.5 Ghz dual processor dual core
- 1GB RAM
- 8 MP rear camera dual flash
- 2MP front camera
- WiFi b/g/n
- Bluetooth 3.0
- HSPA + up to 42 Mbps
- Android 2.3 with HTC Sense 3.5
One more pic showing off the white back after the break.
We have already seen pictures of the HTC Amaze (aka Ruby), but now we have a stunning press shot. The Amaze 4G is rumored to launch October 26th on T-Mobile USA, and it’s expected to be available internationally under the same name. There are also rumors that it will land on Telus in Canada within a few weeks.
The Amaze 4G will have a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, a 4.3-inch qHD (960 x 540) display, 1GB RAM, 8MP camera, and NFC. We have seen it in both black and white, but we are not sure which version T-Mobile will get.
We have been hearing about the HTC Ruby for a few weeks now. Supposedly it will be branded as the Amaze and will launch October 26th on T-Mobile. Our understanding is that it will be DC-HSPA+ which means 42Mbps transfers.
These pictures have a different color variation from the original leaked photos, but the design is a perfect match. The specs include a 4.3-inch (960 x 540) display, 1.5GHz dual-c0re processor, 1GB RAM, 8MP camera, and 16GB storage. Android 2.3 Gingerbread is onboard, but Sense wasn’t enabled on this prototype. This is not surprising as HTC devices marketed on T-Mobile generally have limited Sense functionality.
More photos after the break.
There has been a lot of talk about the HTC Ruby as of late, and I think HTC and T-Mobile expects you to be “amazed” by this phone because it looks like it will be called the HTC Amaze.
HTC has been filing a lot of trademark applications lately, and one of them was to protect “Amaze” in Europe. We have already told you to expect this beast to land on T-Mobile on October 26 alongside the Samsung Hecules (Galaxy S II variant). If this holds, it will be an “amazing” day for sure.