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Last Updated: July 18th, 2011

A few days ago, the Chinese HTC blog 911sniper that most HTC ROM leaks originate from posted images and a minimal amount of information on HTC's 2 newest and mysterious devices: the Rider and the Kingdom. Not much was known about either, except that the Kingdom has a qHD (540x960px) resolution.

Today, 911sniper gave birth to an actual ROM of the Kingdom, which cleared up quite a few things to us.

Update: Porting of this ROM to the Desire HD is already in progress.

Update: Looks like it is indeed a whole new device - it's got a smaller, 4" screen, compared to EVO's 4.3" and is possibly a world device. There is also a possibility of a physical keyboard, so this is probably to EVO 3D what the EVO Shift was to the original EVO.

Analysis

After downloading the HTC Kingdom ROM and ripping it apart, there is no doubt in my mind that the Kingdom and the EVO 3D are one and the same, the Kingdom being EVO 3D's codename.

First of all, this is clearly a Sprint device. It is evident from the name of the ROM (Kingdom_Sprint_WWE...) and the fact that inside it contains references to WiMax all over the place.

Going further, the qHD screen matches the one on the EVO 3D, and the only differences I can see are in the looks - 911's device has "HTC" in the center with the circles around the buttons not visible, while our CTIA hands-on with the EVO 3D showed a slightly different picture. However, having differences between test and production devices is not unheard of.

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Left: Kingdom; right: EVO 3D

Based on the build.prop file, we're dealing with a Gingerbread build with a familiar build number GRI40 (Android 2.3.3) - htc_kingdom-userdebug 2.3.3 GRI40 eng.root.20110430.001439. If you remember, the EVO 3D comes with Gingerbread, so things check out here.

Finally, there is an abundance of 3D apps in the leak, which may or may not point to a 3D-enabled device. It's possible that these are just normal 3-dimensional apps visible without a 3D device, which is what we were all used to before glasses-free 3D came along. Specifically, they are:

  • com.htc.htcmsgwidgets3d.apk
  • HtcPhotoGridWidget3D.apk
  • htccalendarwidgets3d.apk
  • HtcFootprintsWidget3d.apk
  • HtcWeather3DWidget.apk
  • com.htc.FriendStream3DWidget.apk
  • htcbookmarkwidget3d.apk
  • htcmailwidgets3d.apk
  • htcwatchwidget3d.apk
  • com.htc.Sync3DWidget.apk
  • HtcClock3DWidget.apk
  • com.htc.Twitter3DWidget.apk
  • htccontactwidgets3D.apk

I think that the HTC Kingdom is the EVO 3D. I'd be surprised if HTC had an almost identical to the EVO 3D device, also on Sprint, in the works. Please prove me wrong if you see something I've missed.

P.S. I've taken a look at the static and live wallpapers and disappointingly found pretty much nothing new.

P.P.S. The HTC Rider ROM was leaked as well.

Download

Feel free to download and play with this ROM, eloquently named (with _ replaced by space for readability)

Kingdom Sprint WWE 0.81.651.0 Radio 1.05.00.0429 NV SPCS 2.25 0429 PRL21078 test 188785.zip

from the original link (very confusing and all in Chinese) or from the collection of faster mirrors I just uploaded.

Source: 911sniper

Artem Russakovskii
Artem is a die-hard Android fan, passionate tech blogger, obsessive-compulsive editor, bug hunting programmer, and the founder of Android Police.
Most of the time, you will find Artem either hacking away at code or thinking of the next 15 blog posts.

  • Christopher Young

    Artem, what phone do you think the Rider ROM is for?

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      It's hard to tell but it's for KT - Korean Telecom, so I wouldn't lose much sleep about it for now. The insides of the ROM looked pretty similar to the Kingdom, curiously.

  • blackroseMD1

    One thing that wasn't pointed out in the analysis is that 911's device also doesn't have the camera button on the side, like the EVO3D. That being said, I'm convinced that this is an E3D ROM...and Virus is already working on porting it over at XDA.

    Hopefully I'll be running an alpha version of this by the end of the day.

  • Shannon H

    HTC Shooter is the codename for the evo 3d or have all of you forgotten that so quickly, this is a different device.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      It's possible that the name changed or that it's an entirely different, yet almost identical phone (maybe it's a test device's codename) on Sprint. Time will tell.

  • http://gadpedia.com riz

    Gingerbread upgrade works only with Rooter Phones.