HTC Ruby Spotted, Wasn’t The HTC Arrive After All?

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HTC launched its first Windows Phone 7 smartphone on Sprint this past spring as the HTC Arrive, the CDMA version of the 7 Pro. Prior to the phone’s release, we had heard the phone referred to by the codename Ruby. After the Arrive, well, arrived, Ruby chatter died off and we were content to believe that the smartphone was indeed this new Windows Phone 7 device. Well, that might have been premature, as now the HTC Ruby has popped back on our radar, and it’s not quite what we were expecting.

The photos above and below are marked as being taken by an HTC Ruby, catching a glimpse of themselves in the reflective surface of an HTC Flyer tablet. If you don’t see the 7 Pro / Arrive resemblance, you’re not alone. From the very rounded corners to the white facade, this Ruby looks to be something completely different.

So, just what is this Ruby? It doesn’t look like any Windows Phone hardware we’ve ever seen, so we might be back in Android territory here. It’s quite odd to see a new, in-developement smartphone clad in white; if that’s just a temporary casing used while changes in hardware are made, or if HTC intends to actually ship the Ruby like that, we can’t say. Until we hear more, you’ll just have to wait and ponder over these images along with us.

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Source: Flickr

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Stephen Schenck
Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bitsRead more about Stephen Schenck!