Today HTC announced the Desire HD, which now becomes their fastest Android phone. Many sites are labeling the Desire HD as the “European EVO” because both devices share a 4.3 inch display, but the Desire HD features a second-generation Snapdragon processor that uses a low-power 45nm process and offers four times the graphical performance.
Qualcomm’s MSM8255 has a similar 1 GHz Scorpion CPU as the previous Snapdragons, but it includes the newer Adreno 205 GPU which can pump up to 41M triangles/sec. Some of you might notice that is only half the 90M triangles/sec of Samsung’s Hummingbird SoC, but leaked benchmarks show they should perform in the same neighborhood. The Adreno 205 might not be the fastest GPU and we need to test it out more, but it addresses the major complaint of the first-gen Snapdragon phones.
HTC also raised the bar for Android phones by including 768 MB of RAM. That’s 256 MB more than most high-end Android devices and it should allow for increased performance when running multiple apps.
Other high-end features of the Desire HD include support for HSPA+ 14.4 Mbps networks, Dolby Mobile and SRS virtual surround sound speakers, and the unibody aluminum frame. The Desire HD is also the first device to feature HTC’s Fast Boot which shortens the power up sequence of the device so you can access your data faster.
As we have seen with other recent HTC phones, AMOLED displays are out and the Desire HD features a S-LCD (which we believe is manufactured by Sony). The picture quality is said to be near the quality of AMOLED and the LCD display’s have the advantage of less power consumption.
Surprisingly, the Desire HD only includes a 1230 mAh battery (compared to the 1500 mAh battery found in the EVO). Hopefully the more power effiecient 45nm processor, lack of 4G radio, and display type will help to improve the overall battery life.
Look for the Desire HD to be available through mobile operators and retailers across major European and Asian markets this October. No U.S. availability was announced, but I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw some regional carriers pick up the Deisre HD (like the original HTC Desire).
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HTC Sense integrates a variety of multimedia and location-based enhancements and introduces HTCSense.com, a series of new connected HTC services
LONDON, UK — September 15, 2010 — HTC Corporation, a global designer of smartphones, today unveiled a new HTC Sense experience with the new HTC Desire HDTM and HTC Desire ZTM Android-based smartphones. The new HTC Sense experience continues HTC’s strong focus on the customer, placing people at the center by simply making its phones work in a more personal and natural way. HTC Sense introduces a number of key innovations including a series of connected services called HTCSense.com that enhance people’s mobile experience on HTC phones.
“We’re excited to be taking the HTC Sense experience beyond the phone to a whole new level with a series of connected HTC services we call HTCSense.com,” said Peter Chou, CEO of HTC Corporation. “Our customers will value the holistic approach we’re taking to enhance their mobile experience. This customer-first philosophy has resonated with people buying HTC phones and this drives us to continue introducing new innovative smartphones like the HTC Desire HD and HTC Desire Z.”
“As a key Android partner and smartphone brand, HTC continues to bring new innovation to the platform,” said Andy Rubin, VP engineering at Google. “Android is about choice and the new HTC smartphones continue to provide customers with powerful choices and flexibility.”
The new HTC Sense experience offers a variety of enhancements that improve how people capture, create, share and access multimedia content. With a newly created camera experience, people can record HD videos or capture and edit images with a variety of fun camera effects. With HTC Locations, a new differentiated online mapping experience, people have instant, on-demand mapping without download delays or incurring mobile roaming charges.
HTC Sense also includes a new integrated online e-reading experience utilizing a new e-book store powered by KoboÃ¤ and a new, mobile-optimized e-reader that includes the ability to highlight, annotate and quickly search for definitions or translate unfamiliar terms.
With the new HTCSense.com service, people can simply manage their mobile phone experience from their HTC phone or personal computer. For example, people can easily locate a missing phone by triggering the handset to ring loudly, even if it is set to silent, or to flag its location on a map. If the phone’s been lost or stolen, users can remotely lock the phone, forward calls and texts to another phone, send a message to the phone to arrange its return or even remotely wipe all personal data from it. HTCSense.com makes it easy to setup a new HTC phone or access archived mobile content such as contacts, text messages and call history from a PC browser. People can also customize their phones with exclusive HTC content like wallpapers, HTC scenes, sounds or plug-ins.
HTC Desire HD
HTC Desire HD showcases outstanding multimedia content with its bright 4.3” LCD display and Dolby Mobile and SRS virtual sound and is the first to be powered by the new 1GHz Qualcomm 8255 Snapdragon processor. The HTC Desire HD enables 720p HD video recording and includes an 8-megapixel camera with dual-flash. Building on the unibody heritage of the HTC Legend, the HTC Desire HD is sculpted from a block of solid aluminum and exudes the air of quality and strength that HTC has come to be known for. It also includes the new HTC Fast Boot that enables people to quickly make a call or check emails by shortening the time taken to complete the power-up sequence.
HTC Desire Z
For people constantly on the go, HTC Desire Z makes it quick and easy to stay connected with friends on Facebook and Twitter or with colleagues and customers at work. HTC Desire Z features a unique ‘pop hinge’ that opens to reveal a QWERTY keyboard for fast, convenient typing. HTC Desire Z’s keyboard also includes a variety of keyboard shortcuts and two customizable keys for providing instant access to common functions without the need to open menus. HTC Desire Z also includes 720p HD video recording and a 5-megapixel camera with automatic flash. It is the first phone to utilize the new 800MHz Qualcomm 7230 processor for improved performance and battery life and also includes HTC Fast Boot.
The new HTC Desire HD and HTC Desire Z will be broadly available through mobile operators and retailers across major European and Asian markets from October 2010 with the HTC Desire Z shipping in North America later this year.
HTC Corporation (HTC) is one of the fastest growing companies in the mobile phone industry. By putting people at the center of everything it does, HTC creates innovative smartphones that better serve the lives and needs of individuals. The company is listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange under ticker 2498. For more information about HTC, please visit www.htc.com.