HTC Launch Event on 15 Sep at London

Posted on September 15, 2010

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It is now official. Today at London , HTC CEO Peter Chou announced the release of two new handsets – HTC Desire HD and Desire Z and a new SENSE user interface.

The Desire HD will will be powered by the 1 GHz 8255 Snapdragon processor, 4.3-inch screen , on  Android 2.2. It seems to be the GSM version of USA’s htc Evo.  The new handset will have  a high end  8-megapixel camera with dual-LED flash and 720p video recording, Wi-Fi b/g/n, HSAP+ radio, and  a new  enhanced version of HTC Sense UI .

The Desire Z will be quite similar to  be the G2,  with the same 800MHz Qualcomm MSM7230 processor, 3.7-inch display, and full-QWERTY keyboard — and like the HD will boast an 8-megapixel camera with dual-LED flash and 720p video recording, Wi-Fi b/g/n, HSAP+ radio, and the new Sense UI. Unique feature of the Desire Z is the Z Hinge – HTC views this new slider design as a way to allow top-row keyboard access without trouble.

Both smartphones  will be available for sale in October.

Peter Chou said ” HTC is no longer just about putting a phone in your hand… It’s about letting you manage and control your data through your phone and PC.” ” HTC enhancements…. Turning an everyday moment into a perfect moment. That is HTC Sense.” And with that Peter Chou hands off for an in-depth explication of the new Sense.

A new website will launch next month — htcsense.com — that will allow you to:

Backup and view text messages and call logs.
Remote wipe the device.
Enable call forwarding.
Send map coordinates or trip information.
Locate your phone.

HTCSense.com can send messages from your computer onto the lock screen of your phone.

Other features of the new Sense UI :

The boot time of Sense has been cut down to 10 seconds.
DLNA support is built in to allow content streaming to other DLNA devices.
A new incoming call screen slides up from the bottom of the screen instead of taking up the entire screen.
Maps will now cache data to facilitate quicker map rendering.
A digital compass is utilized to allow the map to orient itself to the direction you are heading.
The new Sense focuses on letting you control and interact with your data instead of merely presenting it to you.

http://www.engadget.com/2010/09/15/live-from-htcs-london-2010-launch-event/

http://www.metro.co.uk/tech/841017-htc-announces-desire-hd-and-desire-z-android-smartphones

Video from EngadgetChinese :

http://android.modaco.com/content/android-news/317890/htc-launch-the-desire-hd-formerly-known-as-the-htc-ace/

Specifications include…

  • 1 GHz processor
  • Android 2.2 (Froyo) with HTC Sense
  • Internal phone storage: 1.5 GB
  • RAM: 768 MB
  • 123 x 68 x 11.8 mm (4.84 x 2.68 x 0.46 inches)
  • 164 grams (5.78 ounces) with battery
  • 4.3-inch SLCD touch screen with 480 x 800 resolution
  • HSPA/WCDMA: • Europe/Asia: 900/2100 MHz • Upload speed of up to 5.76 Mbps and download speed of up to 14.4 Mbps
  • Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
  • Internal GPS antenna
  • G-Sensor
  • Digital compass
  • Proximity sensor
  • Ambient light sensor
  • Bluetooth® 2.1 with FTP/OPP for file transfer, A2DP for wireless stereo headsets, and PBAP for phonebook access from the car kit
  • IEEE 802.11b/g/n WiFi
  • 3.5 mm stereo audio jack
  • Standard micro-USB (5-pin micro-USB 2.0)
  • 8.0 megapixel color camera with auto focus and 2x LED flashlight
  • 720p HD video recording
  • Audio supported formats – Playback: .aac, .amr, .ogg, .m4a, .mid, .mp3, .wav, .wma (Windows Media Audio 9) • Recording: .amr
  • Video supported formats – Playback: .3gp, .3g2, .mp4, .wmv (Windows Media Video 9), .avi (MP4 ASP and MP3), .xvid (MP4 ASP and MP3) • Recording: .3gp
  • 1230 mAh battery
  • Talk time: Up to 320 minutes for WCDMA, Up to 550 minutes for GSM
  • Standby time: Up to 490 hours for WCDMA, Up to 420 hours for GSM
  • microSD expansion (SD 2.0 compatible)
  • 100 ~ 240 V AC, 50/60 Hz DC output: 5 V and 1 A AC adaptor
  • Dolby® Mobile and SRS surround sound
  • Share pictures, video or music to your big screen TV or PC display via DLNA® (Digital Living Network Alliance)