A few days ago HTC made a staggering announcement that they had just “invested” $300 million in one of the most innovative audio and sound companies in the world, Beats by Dr Dre. What does this mean for us? For one, better audio on our HTC smartphones. Another area could be new audio oriented accessories, maybe better headphones (both optional and packaged) as well as some new speakers or sound docks, iPhone style. Now, just a day ago, sharp eyed tipsters spotted what could be HTC’s first Beats device, the HTC Vigor.
The Vigor isn’t some foray into Sony’s Walkman market, some kind of small, pseudo-smartphone music oriented device. No, this is a phone that will most likely dominate the Android space for months to come. The specs sure are interesting, and indeed quite probable. First off we have a 1.5GHz dual core processor paired with an unknown ammount of memory that we guess will hover around the 1GB mark. But here’s where things get interesting. The display is slated to have a resolution of 1280 by 720 pixels stretched (or maybe compressed?) into a 4.3″ screen. Yes, those rumours of a 720p smartphone keep piling up, with at least one OEM having brought such displays to market already. The camera is slated to be 8MP with 1080p video recording at 30 fps, rather standard high-end stuff. The Vigor also supposedly runs on HTC Sense 3.5, which seems a little odd, which in turn runs on top of Gingerbread (Android 2.3).
Keep in mind that this is all just rumour and speculation, and the retailer has confirmed that the render you see above is not 100% accurate. Of course, the fact it runs on Gingerbread is also suspicious as this fits the description of that oft rumoured Nexus 3 (or Prime), which is to be Ice Cream Sandwich’s launch device. If this pulls through, the existence of Hitachi’s 3D 720p panel could possibly indicate that some close relative of the Vigor will be 3D enabled. An HTC Evo 3D, 2, perhaps?
Will this rumour pull through? We don’t know, but it seems rather likely. Tell us what you think in the comments and don’t hesitate to contact us with more information.