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HTC makes HD2 official with multi-touch

updated 12:10 pm EDT, Tue October 6, 2009

HTC HD2 launches with Win Mobile 6.5

HTC on Tuesday used the kick-off for Windows Mobile 6.5 to launch its widely publicized new flagship smartphone. The HD2 is the first Windows Mobile phone ever to have a capacitive, multi-touch screen and can respond much more quickly and accurately to finger input than the resistive screens most Microsoft-based phones are forced to use. It additionally supports pinching, flicks and other gestures in many apps, making it the first Windows Mobile phone to support iPhone-like commands.

Appropriately, HTC has made this its first non-Android phone to use the Sense UI and lets users customize the home screen with frequently used apps or websites in addition to providing a much more visual interface for common tasks like e-mail and photos. Windows Mobile 6.5 itself is faster and has a more touch-friendly interface for apps and some minor elements.

It also has the largest touchscreen of any phone with a 4.3-inch, 800x480 LCD and an accelerometer that auto-tilts the display. Speed is just as important as the HD2 will have a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 448MB of RAM and full 7.2Mbps HSPA for 3G.

A 5-megapixel camera, GPS and Wi-Fi make their way into the smartphone, which uses microSDHC for the brunt of its storage and has a 3.5mm headphone jack for music.

HTC expects the HD2 to ship by the end of the month with multiple European carriers. O2 UK has been all but confirmed, but T-Mobile UK and carriers in mainland Europe should also get the phone on their networks. The present version doesn't support North American 3G bands, though most HTC phones are often adapted in the future for US and Canadian launches.







By Electronista Staff
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  1. BelugaShark

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    I like this, I hope they'll be able to make the interface fluid enough like the iPhone.
    Competition is good! I think Apple needs it.

  1. c4rlob

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    pay attention to details

    Very attractive interface and phone - however - it amazes me how manufacturers get the small things wrong...
    After undermining the simplicity of the face with unnecessary Windows buttons they shouldn't have made it worse by putting a back/left arrow on the right-side of a button. Talk about counter-intuitive. It's almost as if Windows devices go out of their way to be sloppy.

  1. byRyan

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    fast

    It will need a fast processor... to compensate for Microsucks crapware programing that cripples any computer it touches!

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