HTC is said to be bringing its new Android smartphone, the Knight, to Sprint’s network in the US. Update: The name of the phone will be HTC Speedy. Looks like Knight was a code-name.
The folks at XDA Developers, quoting an unidentified source, claim that the Taiwanese technology company’s latest handset will probably be “released” within two weeks. Release, meaning a commercial launch, or something else? Well, our guess is as good as yours! Boy Genius Report¸ meanwhile, claims that the HTC Speedy / Knight might be showcased at CES 2011 on January 6.
From some pictures that XDA Developers managed to lay their hands on, the HTC Speedy / Knight looks rather like the HTC EVO. XDA goes on to claim, citing some mystery XML file which says “Do not slide screen in/out during the operation”, that the new HTC Android phone appears to have a sliding screen.
We believe the sliding part on the HTC Speedy / Knight might conceal a keyboard underneath. Or, may be something like a speaker or projector. Pocketnow speculates that the device could be a CDMA version of the Dezire D smartphone.
It is rumored that the Speedy / Knight will come with a 3.7-inch display screen, of the same size as Nexus One.
As you might recall, the Evo is 4G enabled – which means it supports fourth generation networks such as LTE, so the Knight might well be a successor of that phone from HTC and could possibly support 4G. This one seems a fair bet since 4G networks will soon be up and running across the entire United States.
As for its physical features, there are rumors that the HTC Speedy / Knight has a different earpiece from the one that Evo sports. And there’s apparently some extra space beneath the buttons in the Knight that you don’t find on the Evo. It is also rumored that the new HTC device has a micro USB port as well.