HTC: Six New Smartphones To Boost Fourth Quarter 2010

According to the Chinese-language Commercial Times and reported by Digitimes, HTC (TAIEX: 2498) is expected to launch six new smartphones in the US and Europe significantly impacting fourth quarter 2010 results. The image above is HTC’s Aria (similar to Wildfire) sporting a smaller 3.2-inch capacitive touch display and running Android 2.1 on AT&T (NYSE: T).

For Europe, HTC is planning to introduce its Vision dual-core Android-based smartphone in October. The company’s Mondrian, a Windows Phone 7 (WP7), in the fourth quarter.

There isn’t much information about HTC’s Vision, but there is some. Engadget has posted up a blurry shot of the QWERTY-equipped Android smartphone from HTC sporting a 3.7-inch display, 1 GHz CPU and Android 2.1 with Sense.

According to xda developers, the HTC Mondrian looks to sport a largish 4.3-inch 800×480 display from Optrex, a 1.3GHz Scorpion core QSD8650A/B Snapdragon from Qualcomm (NASDAQ: QCOM), a digital compass but with no built-in QWERTY keyboard.

HTC is targeting the US with two new Android-based smartphones for T-Mobile: the Vanguard and Emerald in addition to an as-yet-unnamed WP7 model. For AT&T, HTC has a WP7-based smartphone in the works and should be available in November.

The HTC Vanguard is probably a rebadged Vision according to AndroidGuys and sport 4G capabilities on T-Mobile. The Emerald should be a dual-core Android smartphone as well. Quite likely since Luis Pineda, SVP of product management at Qualcomm, revealed during CES that there will be at least two more iterations of the Snapdragon running up to 1.5GHz in 2010. True to his word, Qualcomm announced the first sampling of its first dual-core Snapdragon and Mobile Station Modem (MSM) chipsets on June 1st. Read the full press release for more info.

The Snapdragon QSD8x50A is based on a 45nm process and run at 1.3GHz sporting displays up to 1280×720 pixel format and 720p HD video playback.  The dual-core QSD8672 also based on a 45nm process sports twin Scorpion cores running at 1.5GHz or faster and support displays with 1440×900 pixel formats, playback 1080p video, HSPA+ 28Mbps downloads / 11Mbps uploads, CDMA2000 1X and 1xEV-DO Rev. 0/A/B, and 3D graphics with 80M triangles/sec. For more technical details check out Qualcomm. Will HTC best Apple’s Retina Display and sport a mobile display with 1280×720 or even 1440×900?

The company is on a role. HTC announced second quarter 2010 financial results on July 6th:

  • Total revenues: NT$60,532 million, up 58.45% Y/Y
  • Operating income: NT$9,172 million
  • Total net income before tax: NT$9,692 million
  • Total net income after tax: NT$8,641 million
  • Earnings per share: NT$11.17, based on 773,936,000 outstanding shares before ex-rights. NT$10.62 based on 813,350,000 outstanding shares after ex-rights.

On July 13th, HTC announced its Wildfire will launch exclusively on Telstra’s Next G network in August. The Wildfire sports a 3.2-inch capacitive touch display, a 5 megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash, with strong social networking apps that tie caller ID to information from Facebook. Check out the full press release for more information.