The HTC Desire Z is the company's second new Android smartphone of the season, smaller in chassis and screen than the Desire HD we reviewed last week, but toting a flip-out hardware keyboard in an attempt to clean up in the heavy messaging market. Does this European version of the T-Mobile G2 hit the spot? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.
Generous pinch-of-salt time now, but according to one xda-developers tipster HTC are readying their new version of the Touch Pro2, the unsurprisingly named HTC Touch Pro3 (aka the HTC Tera from the leaked roadmap) for launch in Q3 2010. Apparently informed by a contact at HTC's European distributor, member LocDogg says initial stock of the Windows Mobile 6.5 handset is expected to come in over the Summer, though the Pro3 itself will be going on sale just shy of Windows Phone 7's debut.
We did little to disguise how impressed we were with the HTC Hero when we reviewed it all the way back in July 2009. At the time we suggested it was the device with which Android came of age; since then, of course, we've seen a huge growth both in the number of manufacturers and devices available, and in Android itself. Into that fray wades the HTC Legend, undoubtedly one of the stand-out devices from MWC 2010 in February and packing the latest versions not only of Android but of HTC's Sense, which rather fittingly debuted with the Hero. Can HTC history repeat itself? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.
The HTC Legend has landed, and you know we've wasted no time in putting the new Android 2.1 smartphone in front of a camera for a video unboxing. Announced last month at Mobile World Congress 2010, and set to hit shelves across Europe sometime next month, the Legend is the spiritual successor to the much-loved HTC Hero but with a new, unibody twist. Check out our hands-on shots, first-impressions and unboxing video after the cut.
You could well argue that the HTC Hero was the Android smartphone of 2009. While Motorola's DROID brought with it a larger display, newer version of the OS and arguably more functional hardware keyboard, HTC led the pack months in advance. Multitouch-capable, distinctly designed and outfitted with a genuinely compelling UI in the shape of HTC Sense, the Hero fast became the poster-child of Android. Now, the company are hoping to follow that success with the HTC Legend, a slick Hero update with a tactile unibody aluminum shell. Is it a worthy sequel or has the HTC Desire stolen the Legend's flagship thunder; more importantly, is it sufficiently different from the smartphone it replaces?
The HTC Legend, successor to the company's widely-loved Hero, has been made official at Mobile World Congress 2010 this week. A little smaller than the Hero, the Legend has a 3.2-inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with multitouch support, dualband UMTS/HSPA (900/1800) and a frame milled from a single block of aluminum. In fact the Legend is an example of HTC's "Hidden Power" design ethos, a concept whereby good looks are delivered through slick functionality; in this case, the aluminum is not only the shell but the chassis, meaning HTC can make their devices smaller.
HTC's new smartphone range for MWC 2010 isn't all about Android; the company have also outed a new Windows Mobile device, though of course it runs 6.5.3 rather than Windows Phone 7. The HTC HD mini is being billed as offering the same user experience as the HD2 only in a smaller form factor, shrinking the display down to a 3.2-inch capacitive HVGA panel with multitouch support and swapping the HD2's Snapdragon chipset for a 600MHz Qualcomm MSM7227. Like the HD2, it also gets HTC's Sense UI. Continue Reading
The existence of the HTC Legend is no great surprise - after all, we've seen the handset in the wild a couple of times now - but going by Dutch carrier KPN the Android smartphone is almost certainly going to make its official appearance at Mobile World Congress 2010 next week. The carrier prematurely posted a preview page for the Legend this week, confirming some of the rumored specifications in the process, and tipping availability in March.
The reservation form was quickly pulled, but not before Tweakers grabbed a few shots of it. As we've heard, the Legend has a 5-megapixel camera, GPS and AGPS, and is clearly shown running HTC's Sense UI system. Unfortunately there's no confirmation of some of the more technical rumors about the phone, particularly talk of it running a faster, 600MHz Qualcomm MSM7227 chipset than the Hero's 528MHz chip.
HTC's 2010 smartphone roadmap may have skewed heavily toward Android, but that wasn't to say the company were planning to abandon Windows Mobile altogether. The first clear render of the HTC Trophy - a Windows Mobile 6.5 candybar with a 3-inch VGA capacitive touchscreen and a full QWERTY keyboard - has leaked, and despite the OS it looks to have potential.
Confusing rumors regarding Microsoft's Windows Mobile plans for MWC 2010 probably aren't going to become clear until the February show itself, but according to DigiTimes the Seattle firm expect both Windows Mobile 6.6 and Windows Mobile 7 to take the stage. They're quoting the usual unnamed sources, who reckon Microsoft will deliver WM7 to handset manufacturers in September 2010, with initial devices expected in Q4 2010 or early Q1 2011.