We've mentioned the HTC Dragon a few times over the past week or so, with the rumored 1GHz Snapdragon-based Android smartphone - aka the Android HD2 - seemingly promising to answer any complaints users had about HTC smartphone performance. However, we've been yet to actually see the device in action; that may have changed today, with The Unlockr being sent some live photos of a mysterious, unnamed Android handset that could very well be the HTC Dragon.
With only a relatively brief hands-on with the HTC HD2 under our belt, and memories of the laggy Toshiba TG01 worryingly fresh in our minds, you’ll forgive us for holding our breath to see exactly what sort of showing the Windows Phone’s 1GHz Snapdragon chipset produces. That breath-holding is, happily, a little less earnest today, having watched The Inquirer’s hands-on video with the HD2.
Video demo after the cut
We normally don’t get this excited about a website being down unless it’s an Apple update day (and yes, we know how sad that is), but HTC have been pushing out some of the most interesting devices of late. So, when their site says “we’re working on something for you and will be back shortly” that starts the ponder-centers of our brains churning as to what, exactly, it could be.
Update: The site is back and it’s brought a new “YOU” campaign. More details here.
Our pre-emptive love for the HTC HD2 knows few bounds, and Peter Chou exclusively confirming to us that the Snapdragon-based Windows Phone would be hitting the US in Q1 2010 only helped in that. What was unclear, until now, was which carrier might be getting the HD2, but a leaked image acquired by TmoNews seemingly confirms that the Windows Mobile 6.5 smartphone will be arriving on T-Mobile USA.
Details of HTC’s car-kit for the upcoming HD2 Windows Phone have emerged, courtesy of retailer Clove. The HTC HD2 CU S400 Car Upgrade Kit includes a powered windscreen/dashboard mount and a replacement battery cover for the HTC HD2; when the Windows Phone is slotted into place it automatically loads up the finger-friendly NaviPanel navigation menu.
Hot on the heels of Vodafone Spain's earlier announcement that it would be offering the HTC HD2 to its business customers from December 2009, comes word from UK retailer Clove about SIM-free, unlocked availability for the flagship Windows Phone. Clove is reporting that the unlocked HTC HD2 will be available from November 11th; they're currently listing it, contract-free, for £469 ($739) plus VAT.
Vodafone Spain have announced that they will be offering the HTC HD2, with the Snapdragon-based Windows Phone expected to arrive in December 2009. No pricing for the HD2 has been revealed, but Vodafone Spain have said that it will be aimed at their business customers rather than mainstream users.
We're still waiting for our moment in the sun with the HTC HD2, but already the previews and early reviews - not to mention our own launch-day hands-on - are keeping our appetites well and truly whetted. Solopalmari have managed to acquire the Windows Mobile 6.5 uber-phone and are currently reviewing the merry heck out of it; among the details there's the first shots and footage from the HD2's 5-megapixel autofocus camera.
According to carrier O2, the HTC HD2 will be launching in the UK from the week beginning October 19th, putting the flagship Windows Phone potentially less then 10 days away from capacious pockets. We’re yet to hear anything official from O2 or HTC themselves – the latter only told reporters that the HD2 would drop in October when they launched the Windows Mobile 6.5 device earlier this week – but customer services for the carrier have apparently been telling callers about the October 19th date.
We're still anxiously rubbing our hands together in anticipation of our HTC HD2 review unit, but until that arrives we'll make do with previews elsewhere. Mobile-Review have a well-warranted reputation for their smartphone nous, and so when they say the HD2 has no less communication skill than an iPhone and no less style than the original Touch Diamond, you know you're looking at an impressive Windows Phone.