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Oct 282011

Canadian mobile carriers Bell and Rogers have welcomed a new Android smartphone offering from HTC–the HTC Raider, also formerly known as the HTC Holiday.

Rogers has announced that the HTC Raider is already up for order for $150 (with 3-year contract) or $575 (without contract).  Stocks for Bell, on the other hand, will start becoming available on November 1.  Bell has not yet made known how much it will price the HTC Raider, although there have been earlier speculations that it will cost $170 (with 3-year contract) and $500 (with no contract).


While the device was still being developed, and leaks about its specs kept fueling rumors about its being a power-packed Android smartphone, the HTC Holiday earned the anticipation of a lot of potential buyers.  True enough, the HTC Raider tags along specs that can make it sit comfortably on the same shelf as the Google GALAXY Nexus or the Motorola DROID RAZR.  Why?  Here’s why:

  • Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread with HTC Sense 3.0
  • 4.5-inch qHD TFT LCD touchscreen display (540×960 resolution)
  • 1.2 GHz dual-core processor
  • 1 GB of RAM
  • 8-megapixel main camera
  • 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera
  • 1080p Full HD video capture playback
  • 4G LTE data speeds on Rogers
  • 1,620 mAh battery (5 hours talk time, 10 hours music playback, 10 days standby)

Although almost every Android smartphone user is already giddy about having her or his Android smartphone upgraded to the latest Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, it is not yet certain whether the HTC Raider will get its share of upgrades.  HTC had earlier sent out feelers that it will take some time to study further how to balance the hardware and the new features that Android 4.0 has to offer, although the company did confirm plans of upgrading some of its devices.

The HTC Raider, being one of the high-end phones from HTC, will most likely one of those that will get bumped up to Android 4.0.  As to when, no official word has come out of HTC yet.

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