AT&T will be getting its first HTC Android-based phone sooner than you might think. There are now more photos being leaked showing it, as well as a video made by AT&T showing us how they test their phones. The HTC Aria, or is that the HTC Liberty, or wait, is that the HTC Intruder (now I’m really confused!) is rumored to be announced by AT&T here in the next week or so, seeing as they have already released the video showing how they test their phones, and in the video was an HTC Android-based phone, which AT&T currently does not have.
Other images have been leaked of the unnamed HTC phone, but this is the first video, shown below, leaked showing it. Not much is known, though, about this HTC phone. The only information that has been released is the screen resolution. This HTC phone sports a 480×320 screen resolution. While this may not be the largest when you compare it to that of the HTC Evo 4G (800×480) or the iPhone 4 (960×640), but it is the same resolution as the old iPhone, the iPhone 3GS. According to the brief glimpse of the screen in the video, the phone is also running HTC’s Sense UI, and may or may not have a sliding QWERTY keyboard (some photos leaked are showing one).
Hopefully this device will fare better than the Motorola Backflip, the first Android device to hit AT&T. The Backflip was removed of some of its open-source-goodness, with AT&T only allowing apps that are featured in Google’s Android Market to run on it. The Backflip also features Motoblur, which puts Twitter and Facebook right on the main home screen, which allows the user to instantaneously post something on Twitter or Facebook, and keeping the rest of the world at the user’s fingertips. This has resulted in the overall poor success of the Backflip.
If the new HTC device can stay clear of these and similar things, this phone could easily be a success and rival to the iPhone, and be a very popular phone among those like myself, who are stuck on AT&T, and don’t have any good Android phones available to use.