Aug 19 AT 3:06 PM Nick Gray 19 Comments

HTC Vision to be named HTC Desire Z for European launch

The HTC Vision may be making its U.S. debut as the G2, but those of you in Europe should keep an eye out for the HTC Desire Z.  Mobiles.co.uk just launched the HTC Desire Z’s page with near complete details on what the handset will feature.  According to the site, the Desire Z also goes by HTC Vision and will feature a 3.7 inch 480 x 800 TFT display, QWERTY keyboard, 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, the usual AGPS, Bluetooth 2.1, Wi-Fi, Android 2.1, and HTC Sense.

We were certainly expecting the HTC Vision to make its way over to Europe as well, but we were definitely not expecting a name like the Desire Z.  T-Mobile UK has already used the G2 name for the HTC Hero when it launched on their network last summer.

Though many of you have complaints about HTC Sense and other proprietary UI’s, we’re sure we can all agree that a QWERTY replacement for the original G1 has been long overdue.  One thing we do find a little puzzling on the HTC Desire Z’s details page is the reference to Android 2.1.  Our hope is that it’s simply a typo.  HTC has already rolled out Android 2.2 updates to the EVO 4G and HTC Desire, so it’s not too far-fetched to hope for Android 2.2 on a phone that’s not expected to launch until the middle of next month.

Via: HTC Source

Source: Mobiles.co.uk

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. He started HTCsource.com (the first HTC blog) back in 2007 and later joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • http://Website Garok89

    T-Mobile have already stated that it will be a “Google Experience” phone, have they not? (in that teaser page)
    Meaning that it would not be using SenseUI….
    As for 2.1, seeing as how HTC have already rolled out 2.2 for the Desire…..my guess would be that this website is filling in the blanks with guesses

    • http://Website Nick

      The term “Google Experience” is essentially the same as “with Google” which only means that the phone will feature Google’s apps (Android Market, Gmail, Maps, and such). Stock Android is not the “Google Experience”

      • http://Website garok89

        as far as i have seen, the only phones with the “with google” slapped on the back are stock android…
        my friends GSM Hero, his sisters Desire, my brothers Wildfire….none say “with google”

  • http://Website Francis

    Who would complain about the Sense UI? Without it Android is as ugly as hell. I wasn’t even gonna switch to Android until the Sense UI made me think again. I’d certainly not buy an Android device without it.

    • http://Website Xallies

      Sense UI is sloppy and laggy. you can fully customize the vanilla Android UI

    • http://Website websurf90

      It’s really a matter of opinion. I think HTC Sense adds something to Android that the stock version doesn’t have. Though Stock Android is compatible with apps and gets updates a lot faster than phones with custom UIs. IMO, stock Android is better.

      • http://Website Daniel

        “Though Stock Android is compatible with apps and gets updates a lot faster than phones with custom UIs.”

        Does it? Of all the dozens of Android devices, the ONLY three until today that received timely updates were the G1 and MT3G until 1.6 (note: these specific models only, not their international counterparts), and now the N1. What do these phones all have in common: they’re developer phones, so we can assume they were the primary focus of development and testing internally at Google (at least until something better appeared). These days, EVERYONE is lagging about equally, “stock Android” or not. HTC’s first phones, Samsung’s Galaxy (not S), Motorola’s Droid 1, all of them are as close to stock firmware as you can get, and they are all taking months to update, if ever. I wonder about Acer, I don’t even know if they have modified Android or updated their few phones.

        People are overestimating the time it takes to port those modifications to new OS releases, and seriously underestimating the resources it takes to test new software, stock or not.

        • http://Website Chris

          “Does it? Of all the dozens of Android devices, the ONLY three until today that received timely updates were the G1 and MT3G until 1.6 (note: these specific models only, not their international counterparts),”

          But since 1.6… nothing. T-Mobile have left it’s early adopters out in the cold… only thing I’ve got to say is that I’m glad I’m not a Behold 2 owner.

          I had to root my phone just to get my Bluetooth to connect with anything.

          T-Mobile… never ever again!

      • http://Website Nick

        I think there’s a huge misunderstanding about how updates are rolled out. Currently, the only stock Android phones that have received the latest update are the N1 and DROID.

        HTC was actually able to roll out Android 2.2 to the HTC Desire and EVO 4G before Motorola was able to get it installed on the DROID. Yes, stock Android may be a little easier to update, but there’s no guarantee that manufacturers can actually push out that update any faster than if they have a custom UI on top of it.

  • http://Website 2C

    I hope the G2 has better specs. Don’t get me wrong as a Nexus One user I’m more than satisfied with its performance. But its still using a processor that is headed into its 3rd holiday season. Note: The original release of the HTC HD. Add that with T-Mobile’s lack of updating their hardware annually and it just leaves me wanting more. I’m not saying it has to have a dual core processor but something that won’t look so dated in a year would be nice. But then again…that’s exactly what the original G1 did. So it wouldn’t surprise me.

    • http://Website 2C

      My mistake…its only going into its 2nd holiday season & the Snapdragon was 1st used on the HD2.

    • http://Website Nick

      Exactly! With rumors floating around about phones with dual-core 1.2 and 1.5 GHz processors, I’m certainly disappointed that the HTC Vision will only have a 1 GHz processor. However, going from a G1 to the G2 will make a huge difference and I’m sure most original G1 owners who still have their phone will find the speed boost very appealing.

      • http://Website Scott

        Yes, this phone looks great when compared to the original G1! When compared to phones already shipping on competing carriers, though… it’s pretty lackluster isn’t it?

        • http://Website Obvious Robert

          If you can let me know of any hardware qwerty Android phone available in the UK with anything like comparable specs, please let me know. Samsung have already said the Epic won’t be released over here. For some of us, this is absolutely as good as it gets right now.

  • http://Website adam

    Tmobile sucks!

  • http://Website barfly

    @adam
    Adam Sucks!

  • http://Website Matt Messer

    Sense UI is childish to me. Lets make a simple phone even simpler to use. It’s a cool concept, but I am an owner of the HTC-Magic (New Zealand Version) and the T-Mobile G2, and stock is the best. Sense does have its perk but a stock phone can be made into a sense phone with downloading Fancy Widgets and other apps, but Sense is kind of stuck that.

    Stock Vanilla FTW