The Internet's all abuzz over a render and a leaked ROM for the HTC Kingdom, but what is it? A peek through the leaked files tell us it has a 1.2 GHz Qualcomm MSM7630 CPU, 768 MB of RAM, a four-inch qHD display, and both front and rear cameras. Put all this on top of Gingerbread, and the rumor-mill takes care of the rest. That's how the Internet works (trust us, we know).
But what does that really tell us, besides now knowing that it's not the Evo 3D? Rumor No. 1 says it's a world phone. Maybe, maybe not. Yes the MSM7630 has "world phone support." It's also the same CPU that we find in the Evo Shift 4G, which is a CDMA-only device. Rumor No. 2 says it will feature FM receive and transmit. Again, the Bluetooth chipset supports this, but that doesn't mean it will happen -- think Nexus One and its hidden, unused FM radio.
And finally, just because we see a render and a leaked RUU doesn't mean we'll ever see the phone. I'd love for it to appear (especially as a dual mode CDMA/GSM device), but a good portion of these leaks just never pan out, even if they make it as far as a usable prototype (hello there Verizon Merge!). Manufacturers build and pitch a lot of different models to the carriers, who cherry pick the ones they think will sell.
I think this one would make for a nice choice when on the shelf next to a bigger, and surely more power-hungry Evo 3D, and hope to see it with all the features we're hoping for. I think a lot of you folks want the same. But for now, all we can do is keep our fingers crossed.