In an article over at Engadget.com, they are reporting that T-Mobile and HTC are hard at work to bring out the first offering that can handle the theoretical 21 Mbps speeds that Big Magenta claims their new HSPA+ network is providing. The handset that is going to have this capability? The HTC Vision. Now I have an interest in the HTC Vision with my prediction that it indeed might be the fabled Project Emerald that T-Mo is working on.
A few days ago, we posted a leaked roadmap that shows the different handsets coming out on T-Mo, including one with an HTC logo and a November release date that is labeled "Emerald." Engadget is now reporting that the HTC Vision is being released in September on T-Mo, which gives us two pieces of info. First, the Vision is not Emerald, so I swung hard at that pitch and missed. But more interestingly, with its September release window, what's currently known as the Vision lines up with what the leaked roadmap labels the HTC Vanguard. Interesting name given it will be the first handset for T-Mo that will use their claimed 4G-like speeds.
The Engaget article also reported that the spokesman for T-Mo said that there will be another release of an HTC phone with the HSPA+ capabilities in the 4th quarter near the holiday. If we reference our roadmap again, this looks like it is going to be Emerald in November! Remember, I made the call that Emerald is going to the be first dual core processor phone in the world based on our own Scotty Brown's info from a T-Mo rep at the Seattle HTC event.
Stay tuned for more info as it trickles in. Fall is setting up to be a really interesting time period for those of us on T-Mo!