HTC on mid September announced its latest killer smartphone , the HTC Desire HD which is now 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. It is only half the 90M triangles/sec of Samsung’s Hummingbird SoC, but leaked benchmarks show similar performances.
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 ( probably from 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.
Official video from HTC released on 23 Sep :
What is amazing in this Desire HD is the new HTC Sense UI – quote from HTC :
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 Koboä 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.
Pocketnow.com had released a video to show more new features of the new HTC Sense which was not demo during the press release in mid September : this rom is however being run on the HD2
- Customization of homescreen and widgets – good for new users
- 3D Scenes – changing is easy and user can can download more scenes from htcsense.com
- Pull down from taskbar – shows a sliding iphone-like task switcher
- Favorites integrate with social networking
- Read email and preview email from homescreen
- HTC likes – recommend apps from market – example, most popular applications
- New live wallpaper – new 3D interface – slideshow effects
This video demonstrate the new HTC Desire HD navigation software that comes standard on the HTC Desire HD. The navigation program is easy to use and very fast to route a course. Unlike Google Navigator this program saves all of the maps directly to the device or storage card. If you find yourself traveling outside of your coverage area you will still have the ability to navigate to points-of-interest and addresses. There are two versions that come on the Desire HD; Locations is the free version and in USA for $4.99 a month you can upgrade to the premium HTC Locations Navigator that will speak turn-by-turn directions throughout the entire United States.
The image to the above left is the new HTC eReader application that comes with the new HTC Sense UI and the other image is HTC’s Hub application, where you can download more “skins” for the device and other media.
A new interesting feature is the HTC Likes app which shows you applications that HTC recommends and at the top you can scroll left or right through the various featured applications. The other image shows the notification bar and as you can see, HTC has added a nice feature where you can find the last applications used and scroll through them.
Another interesting features in HTC Sense is the “Scenes” feature where you can try different homescreen setups or even save your custom ones. HTC has stepped their game up offering their new “Skins” feature which allows you to pick through 5 pre-designed skins that modify each widget, status bar and launcher in a matter of seconds. As you can see the Metal skin to the left and the Woodgrain skin to the right.