HTC finally unveils 3 new phones
Posted February 16th, 2010 1 Comment
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HTC LegendHTC has announced the launch of three new smartphones – two based on Android and one on Windows Mobile 6.5.3 – at the ongoing Mobile World Congress 2010 at Barcelona.

The new phones announced are the HTC Legend, the HTC Desire and the HTC HD Mini.

Let’s start with the HTC Legend, which is arguably the best looker (and the most talked about as well) amongst the three phones announced.

Now, for the features. The HTC Legend comes with a 3.2-inch capacitive AMOLED display capable of displaying 320 x 480 pixels. While the resolution might not be “right up there”, it is good enough. The imaging part is taken care of a 5-megapixel camera with autofocus and flash. Under the hood, there is a zippy 600 MHz processor partnering with 384MB of RAM. The internal ROM stands at 521Mb and is expandable using microSD cards upto 32GB. Connectivity options include all the expected options- Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and GPS. The 1300Mah batter should be good enough to power the Legend for a reasonable amount of time. This, however, is a step down from the HTC Hero, which had a larger battery. The Legend will also use HTC’s SENSE UI atop Android 2.1.

On the software scheme of things, the Legend will be Android 2.1 laden and will add new features and UI options. For example, there is a “helicopter view” using which the user ca pinch the screen and choose which of the 5 homescreen options you would like to select from. There is also something known as the FriendStream that aggregates updates from your friends and contacts from various social networks and displays them intuitively. The Legend is expected to be announced in Europe by late March and will be eventually rolled out to the rest of the globe by April.

HTC HD MiniThe Mini is a shrinked version of HTC’s existing Windows Mobile 6.5 flagship, the HD2. By the looks of it, almost every major manufacturer is interested in making mini versions of flagship (that are usually large) devices these days. Nokia started of with the N97 Mini followed by Sony Ericsson with the X10 Mini and now, HTC with the HD Mini.

The HD Mini comes with a 3.2-inch HVGA display, which is obviously much smaller than the 4.3 inch goliath that the HD2 has. The housing of the HD Mini sports a very unique design. At the rear of the device, you would notice something that is not usually a visible thing on normal phones. The fasteners, that hold the shell of the phone together have been beautifully integrated so that it is now visible. However, you’ll notice the eye catching yellow color, which might put off a few, once the back panel is removed.

HD Mini is powered by 600MHz processor with 384MB RAM and 512MB ROM. What really steals show in this ‘Mini’ phone, just like Xperia X10 Mini has 5.0 megapixel with flash and auto focus. Just like Touch HD2, the HD Mini can be turned into a Wi-Fi hotspot using it’s Wi-Fi functions. This Mini phone also offers Bluetooth and GPS. On the OS scheme of things, the HD Mini runs Windows Mobile 6.5.3 which indicates that this update is up in anvil. It is expected to be released in Europe and Asia by April.

HTC DesireThe new HTC Desire stands different from Nexus One on grounds of HTC’s Sense UI and the former doesn’t have a trackball navigation. Desire has 3.7-inch AMOLED WVGA display that is as much as existing smartphones like Motorola Droid and Samsung Omnia HD. Just like the Nexus One, HTC Desire equips 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU with 512MB ROM and 576MB RAM (while Nexus One has 512MB RAM).

New Android 2.1 operating system loaded on Desire also has layer of HTC’s Sense UI that debuted with HTC Hero smartphone. Sense UI now features new Leap function that allows viewing different home screens at the same time by pinch gesture. We already know about Friend Stream feature that collates all the social network updates to the contacts in Address Book. Other improvements come in the browser, web client, widget and better news reader application.

For more information and news, check out the official HTC website.

Comments and Opinions1 Comment
  • On February 17, 2010 at 11:56 am
    Tanker wrote:

    Oh Oh Oh bells are ringing in my head. I desire the HTC desire ;)

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