I heard about the supposed leak of the HTC 2009 roadmap images this morning and now see that Ed Hardy has put together a very nice breakdown of the devices by type, category, and operating system. Some devices are no surprise, one or two may really please me, and one actually shocked me a bit. Keep in mind this info is some kind of roadmap info so these devices may or may not be what we actually see ship from HTC in 2009 and some may be ideas and prototypes. I like the looks of most of what I see, but also need to see the OS behind the devices before I start forking over more of my hard earned cash.
HTC will definitely be coming out with some more Android devices and the one shown looks like a T-Mobile G1 without the keyboard. There are also rumors of a large touch screen Android device that could be coming quite soon that has been said is better than the Palm Pre.
The HTC Touch Pro/HTC Fuze is a very popular and solid device that is actually now available on three of the major U.S. wireless carriers so it is no surprise at all to see the next generation of these slider phones appearing in the roadmap.
I love the T-Mobile Dash and still think it is probably one of the best non-touch screen devices available today. My wife is on her third (she drops them a LOT) and I don't think she will ever give it up. I was pleased to see the Maple device in the lineup that looks like a nice upgrade to the Dash and this is one device I truly hope does make it to the US.
I was quite surprised to see the HTC Thoth device that looks like a replacement for my beloved HTC Advantage devices. These are very niche market devices that work well for people who commute like me, but I don't think HTC sells very many of them due to their large form factor and hefty price. If HTC wants to keep making them then they will find a few people like myself to buy them, but I have to say it does shock me a bit to see them devoting resources to such a device. Now, if it turns out this device runs the Google Android OS and is marketed as an Android Tablet then I think you will see more interest from people.
It will be interesting to check back at the end of 2009 and see how many of these devices were actually released. Which one(s) look best to you?