HTC Lead: real or fake, coming soon or cancelled?

Well well well, what do we have here? PocketNow managed to get their hands on an image of an as-of-yet unreleased device called (or better said, codenamed) HTC Lead.

Now beside the one picture, there are no known details about this handset. Which, of course, should make you take this with more than a grain of salt. Let’s just say it outright: it could just be a Photoshop job. Why do this though? Who knows.

Anyway, here’s the image in question:

Okay. Now let’s analyze it a bit. The design certainly isn’t reminiscent of any of HTC’s recent creations, which is more than a bit odd. Second, this looks a lot like an HTC HD2 sans the keys. Yet another strange thing? There’s no brand anywhere. Also, the older-style “Menu” key is used here, where “Menu” is actually spelled out. New HTC Android smartphones have three lines as the menu symbol.

All of the above points to this being an Android smartphone that was in the works some time ago, and was never released. It may also be a niche device destined for one specific market, or a lower-end international offering. Truth is, there’s no way to know for sure just yet.

If this is indeed a handset that will become available in the future, we’ll clearly start hearing a lot more about it in the coming weeks. If we don’t, then you should probably file this under “concepts/prototypes that never saw the light of day”.

Author: Vlad Bobleanta

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