updated 07:55 am EDT, Wed September 15, 2010
HTC Desire HD and Desire Z official
HTC's special event today brought out two new flagship Android phones. The Desire HD leads the group as an internationalized version of the Evo 4G; it centers on a large 4.3-inch, 800x480 display, a 1GHz processor and an eight-megapixel camera, though it uses HSPA+ 3G in place of WiMAX. Both Android 2.2 and the latest version of Sense UI is onboard and includes PC integration, such as pushing messages from a computer to the phone's lock screen or remote location and wipe, as well as pre-cached maps and dynamic ringtone volume that recognizes when it's in a pocket and needs to be louder.
The Desire Z is a closely related international version of the T-Mobile G2 and centers on a unique Z hinge: the screen lifts up and away from the keyboard so owners can hit every key on the slide-out QWERTY keyboard. Unlike the G2, though, it uses Sense UI rather than a pure Android interface. It now also uses the keys for hardware shortcuts. As the world's first HSPA+ phone, it can reach up to 14.4Mbps on 3G networks that support the faster speeds. A 3.7-inch screen, an 800MHz Qualcomm MSM7230 processor, a five-megapixel camera and a trackpad also define the device.
Both phones will ship in October for at least Asia and Europe. Both phones already exist or are coming to the US, but countries like Canada are also possibilities as well.