When the monstrous specs for the U.S. version of the HD2 were revealed, many current HD2 owners were a little peeved to find that it’ll have a lot more RAM and ROM available than its predecessor. The unit slated to be released in the U.S. will have 1GB of ROM and 576MB of RAM, compared to 512MB of ROM and 448MB of RAM found on current HD2s. This lead to the theory that the U.S. version will be upgradeable to Windows Mobile 7, while the original version gets left behind. Recently, current owners have gone from angry to hopeful, as there’s news that all HD2s may have 576MB of RAM available and that it’s just “hidden.” Perhaps it’s just been sitting dormant, waiting to be unleashed?
The guys on XDA-developers have stumbled upon a newly leaked ROM/Radio upgrade that unlocks the hidden RAM. It was originally discovered on XDA-China when a user posted a screenshot showing 576MB of RAM. Obviously, this leads to suspicion of fakery, but the Chinese post was made well before the specs for the U.S. HD2 were revealed. Some also believe that the displayed amount is just a misreading by the system and the readout is false. Naturally, XDA has been hard at work trying to confirm or debunk the whole situation.
One user, by the name of Brandi, has created a tool to test if the 576 figure is real or not. It essentially tries to use up available program memory and the results have been quite interesting. Apparently, he’s been able to use up 444MB of RAM, which is far more than he’d be able to pull off with the HD2 out of the box. Others are also confirming that the amount is, in fact, correct and custom ROMs (with the extra RAM enabled) are actually being released already.
If it’s true, why would HTC disable a good chunk of the HD2’s memory? Was it to keep an upper-hand on the competition? WM6.5 doesn’t exactly need the extra RAM, so making it available would only encourage ambitious competitors to release updated hardware of their own. Perhaps, they wanted to keep the possible WM7 upgrade chatter down to a minimum? What do you, the readers, think? Are you convinced that all HD2s have 576MB of RAM or do you believe this circus will end in many disappointed users? One thing is for sure, if it is hiding somewhere inside the beast, HTC will eventually release an official ROM update with the full amount unlocked. Only time will tell for sure.