HTC to Launch Nexus One as Bravo?

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It seems as though HTC might well be planning to launch Google’s Nexus One smartphone itself through more normal retail channels under the name HTC Bravo.

When Google said that it wasn’t working on a smartphone, many realised that it was cleverly working around the question, since the search giant seems to have had some of HTC’s staff in-house, developing a phone for it. Now though, it seems as though HTC is to market a phone called the HTC Bravo that bears some fairly striking similarities to Google’s Nexus One…

According to Engadget, word comes from cellular network 3’s Swedish division, which made mention of HTC’s Bravo getting a launch some time in March (for the Swedes, at least). However, a relatively quick look through the specifications for HTC’s Bravo reveals a device that is, in just about every way, identical to Google’s Nexus One. Both devices boast a 3.7-inch display, 5 megapixel cameras, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processor and Android 2.1.

Of course, the biggest difference would likely be seen in UI, with the folks at Engadget teasing the idea that HTC’s Bravo could essentially be a version of Google’s Nexus One with HTC’s Sense UI on board, which is very interesting to say the least. Of course, for now that much is purest speculation, but given the fact that HTC devices seem always to boast Sense UI, that much seems quite likely.

For now, there’s been no real confirmation either way, but we’d be very curious to see what the folks at Google make of HTC’s Bravo, though it seems unlikely that HTC would do anything to upset what appears to be a very profitable relationship with Google indeed. Still, we are curious to see if there’s anything other than HTC’s Sense UI to differentiate the two…

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