Written on 2/09/2010 01:11:00 PM by poison_ivy
So, what better way to get news about upcoming mobile phone releases than from affiliate account managers? According to an email I got from an account manager of Orange at Buy.at, Orange has some interesting handsets lined up for release in February and March.
This February, Britons would likely get a taste of the Nokia X6, another touchscreen mobile phone from Nokia sporting 3.2 inches capacitive screen, WiFi, HSDPA, 5 megapixel camera, and Symbian S60. Although I don't know why they had (Space II) after the handset name, probably the UK name of the Nokia X6?
Anyways, March is what I'm excited about. We'll see two high end phones this March in the form of the Sony Ericsson Vivaz (Sony Ericsson's take on the Samsung i8910 HD), and the HTC Bravo (HTC's take on the Nexus One). The Sony Ericsson Vivaz is pretty much set in stone regarding the specs as Sony Ericsson has been showing it off on their blogs, but the mystery is the HTC Bravo. Apparently, there's not much to go on about the HTC Bravo except that Engadget dubs it as Nexus One-alike. Then again, maybe the HTC Bravo is actually the Google Nexus One but the account manager got the name wrong. However, the email is pretty clear that the HTC Bravo is the "Android device which will eventually replace the HTC Hero" so this could be HTC's version of the Nexus One but with the awesome Sense UI on top of Android 2.1.
If so, then the Vodafone Nexus One would have a tough competition. Vodafone should definitely release the Nexus One soon if they don't want the HTC Bravo eating up its sales. And if specs from GSMArena and Engadget is to be believed, then the HTC Bravo would trump the Nexus One as it also has a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, 3.7 inches capacitive AMOLED screen, optical D-pad instead of a trackball, multitouch support, and of course, Sense UI.