Taiwanese mobile maker HTC is apparently planning to launch a new QWERTY Android phone, dubbed the HTC Era 42 on T-Mobile. As per the speculations on web, the Era 42 is to come up as a successor to the carrier’s T-Mobile G1 and G2. We have no information available about the handset, which is expected for official release in September this year alongside BlackBerry Armstrong. As per analysts, the 42 in the name could represent the device will feature HSPA+ for 42Mbps for faster connectivity. A QWERTY keyboard, high-power CPU, fresh firmware and nice display are expected to feature on the device.
T-Mobile G3 (HTC Era 42)
Many analysts have counted HTC Era 42 as a sequel to T-Mobile G2. Talks about the mysterious handset end up in the conclusion that it will be G3. HTC has earlier stated that it doesn’t wish to focus on devices with QWERTY keypads. Anyway, rumors are abuzz about a QWERTY-featured HTC Era 42. Most likely this big will be the successor to T-Mobile G2.
“The big device here is the mysterious HTC Era 42 which could possibly be the HTC G3. There is no evidence to back that up yet other than the fact that the original G1 was the Era G1. HTC has also said that it’s not going to be focusing on devices with QWERTY keyboards, something that both the G1 and G2 had,” says GottabeMobile.
Here we make a look into the previous G series Android phones from T-Mobile. The first one G1 (HTC Dream) was released in 2008 and the second one G2 (HTC Desire Z) was unveiled in 2010.
T-Mobile G2 (HTC Desire Z)
T-Mobile G2 or HTC Desire Z was announced in September 2010 and it came out within a few months. The second version of the G series Android handset realized two years after its original version. This slider handset touts the same features of HTC Desire and Desire HD. Instead of the mechanical keys of Desire, G2 has capacitive face buttons. The G2 features an enhanced version of HTC Sense. The device also touts a G-sensor, an ambient light sensor and a proximity sensor.
The Android 2.2 Froyo handset mounts a 3.7-inch 800 x 480 WVGA Super LCD capacitive touchscreen with 252 ppi. After release, the device was updated to Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread. An 800MHz Qualcomm MSM7230 Snapdragon CPU, 512MB of RAM and 1.5GB of internal memory power the machine. For further storage, the device has a microSD slot that supports external memory sticks. A 1300mAh Lithium-ion battery provides nice battery life for the two-year old device.
T-Mobile G1 (HTC Dream)
T-Mobile G1 or HTC Dream is a rather run of the mill handset. It has only a small display and less powerful innards. Indeed, technology of the time it came out has only the capacity to produce such a device. T-Mobile launched G1 in the U.S. in October 2008. Similar to its successor, the handset has a QWERTY keypad and a slider form factor. T-Mobile G1 sports a slightly smaller 3.2-inch TFT-LCD flat glass touch-sensitive HVGA screen that packs a resolution of 480 x 320 pixels.
On official release, the handset came up with Android 1.0. “Official releases of the Android OS (versions 1.0 to 1.6) have this functionality disabled for the phone at the kernel level. Users can patch the supplied version of Android, download a hacked version or update to Android 2.0 or later to make use of the multitouch screen,” notes Wikipedia.
The machine is powered by a 528 MHz Qualcomm MSM7201A ARM11 processor, 256MB of ROM and 192MB of RAM. For further memory, you have 16GB microSD and it has 3.7 V 1150 mAh for a nice performance.