rh_touch_hd_front_backRegister Hardware are attending IFA and have apparently learned something rather interesting for us Android enthusiasts. The HTC Touch HD, released last year, is due for an upgrade, but it won’t ship with Windows Mobile.

If we back up a moment, the Touch HD is still considered a high-end device, and packs a huge 3.8’’ touch-screen display and all the higher-end connectivity options, including a 3.5mm headphone jack. However, not one to hang about, HTC are readying the Touch HD 2. According to Register Hardware, HTC told them directly at the event that the new Touch HD 2 will run the Android OS.

A separate source “familiar with HTC’s plans” also suggested that the “Touch HD 2 will be significantly faster than the original – and faster than the vast majority of HTC handsets to date.” To be more specific, the Touch HD 2 will use a 628MHz Qualcomm chip as opposed to the 528MHz Qualcomm processor that higher-end HTC devices use. To round off the rumors, the Touch HD 2 will also feature a 3.8’’ touch-screen, just like its predecessor.

All these rumors seem reasonable given HTC’s push into the Android market. However, HTC have always been a loyal Windows Mobile provider, and we shall have to wait and see whether there is any substance to the rumors that Register Hardware are spreading. We’ll do some digging ourselves and see if we can get hold of HTC so that they can comment and let you know.

James Tromans
Contributing editor of AndroidAuthority.com, based in the U.K.