HTC Pyramid Smartphone: Android 3.0 Honeycomb – Really?

At the moment it seems there’s a lot of interest in the upcoming HTC Pyramid Android smartphone. We previously gave you some rumored details of this 4.3-inch handset, reported to be coming to T-Mobile in May, and then gave you some images and specs, and now we’re hearing that this impressive looking device will be running on Android 3.0 Honeycomb although this to us, sounds rather odd.

Specs we’ve heard about so far include that 4.3-inch qHD display, 1.2GHz processor, 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and a 1.3-megapixel front-facer. Now an article by Alex Wagner on Phone Dog, sourced from XDA.cn tells more about this phone which is hotly expected to have a dual-core processor and could be a real contender against other dual-core handsets such as the Motorola Atrix 4G for AT&T and the upcoming (rumored April) Motorola Droid Bionic coming to Verizon. According to Phone Dog, Pyramid will be running on the Android 3.0 Honeycomb operating system.

This is where it gets a little confusing as Honeycomb, up until now, has only been used, or will be coming, to tablet devices and we would have thought it much more likely that the HTC Pyramid would be on Android 2.3, Gingerbread with HTC Sense. Indeed Phone Dog reckons the information should be taken with a pinch of salt for now. Chris Burns over on Slash Gear also reports on the rumors that the HTC Pyramid will run on Android 3.0 Honeycomb and likens the phone to the HTC Thunderbolt which has received a huge amount of hype since its release last week. He too points out that Honeycomb is an OS for tablets, as in the recent Motorola Xoom.

Although Davies agrees with us that the OS for the Pyramid is more likely to be Android 2.3 he doesn’t rule out 3.0 Honeycomb and points out that it was designed with fragments, which wouldn’t rule out its use on a smartphone but that it might still seem odd to see Honeycomb on a smaller screen. What are your thoughts on this? Do you think there’s any possibility at all that the Pyramid will run on Android 3.0 Honeycomb or maybe you think there’s an error in the rumor mill? Lets us know with your comments.

  • http://twitter.com/babydoll25 @babydoll25

    No. I truly believe that it's a typo. Although, the Fragments API makes it possible. IMO still highly unlikely.

  • Eric

    Interesting, has exactly the same specs as the upcoming htc evo 3D.
    Both these phones with the dual core snapdragon with the brand new Adreno 220 GPU, can’t wait to see that get benchmarked.

    Htc was always behind with the GPU. I can’t wait to see these devices in person!!!

  • Alamoe

    Honeycomb elements won’t be incorporated into smartphones until Ice Cream. I think it will make the Android UI very webOS-like. There’s a reason they hired Matias Duarte.