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HTC Android Slider Gets FCC Approval

Verizon could be bringing the new Android smartphone to the U.S., judging by photos posted on the Federal Communications Commission's web site.

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Pictures have emerged showing a red and black slider from HTC that might be coming to Verizon sometime soon. Not much is known about the device, currently designated the HTC PD42100, which gained approval from the Federal Communications Commission over the weekend. The pictures appear on the FCC web site.

The new mobile handset has a sliding QWERTY keyboard and dual 3G modems. It also incorporates both CDMA 2000 and GSM 850 mobile-network options, enabling international roaming in many parts of the world.

The handset will also reportedly have EV-DO rev. A capabilities and is expected to support Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n at 2.4 GHz. Reports indicate that the device might run Android 3.0 and have a 1.2GHz Snapdragon processor and possibly that it will be a dual core chip. According to the pictures, there is a removable battery, which is becoming a more common feature in smartphones. The device is also expected to have Bluetooth connectivity.

The Verizon logo has been clearly seen in photos posted on the FCC web site. The shots also indicate that the handset may be coming with a 4-inch touchscreen display and a microSD memory expansion slots. Photos also show a rear-facing camera with single LED-flash. The device is similar in size to the wildly popular HTC EVO 4G, creating a lot of attention even though it doesn’t have a code name yet and could very likely change before it is released. Some reports suggest the device might be rebranded with a new Droid name.

HTC’s Android devices are the most popular in the world and besides the EVO 4G include the HTC Desire, HTC Legend, HTC Incredible and HTC Hero. No information on a possible release date for the new red and black slider was given.

In its letter to the FCC, Taiwan-based HTC Corp. Project Manager Roger Chien requested that the commission keep confidential information it was supplying on external and internal photos, test setup photos and a user manual until Nov. 30.

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