HTC goes HD with new phone


HTC has unveiled the HTC HD2, the first Windows phone to feature the manufacturer’s user interface, HTC Sense.

HTC Sense debuted on the HTC Hero. The manufacturer said it is “a mobile experience focussed on putting people at the centre by making your phone work in a more simple and natural way”. HTC Sense revolves around three principles – Make it Mine, Stay Close and Discover the Unexpected.

The HD2 is based on the Windows Mobile 6.5 operating system, meaning users can download a range of applications at the new Windows Marketplace for Mobile. It comes with a 4.3-inch capacitive touch display, a first for Windows phones, as well as well as variety of sensors including a proximity sensor to prevent false screen touches.

It also comes with Qualcomm’s 1Ghz Snapdragon mobile processor and a single contact view that displays individual communication snapshots of conversations with people regardless of whether a call, text, Facebook status or email were uses. HTC Peep, a new Windows-based version of its Twitter application, is also included. Other features of note include Wi-Fi and a 5-megapixel camera.

HTC added that an optional car kit is available for the HD2, “that automatically transforms HD2’s user interface into a finger friendly in-car navigation experience for driving”.

HTC CEO Peter Chou said: “At HTC we believe that the best things in life should be experienced, not explained. HTC Sense is based on this principle by making the phone more simple and natural to use and by enabling people to personalise their mobile experience in their own unique way. With HTC Sense, the HTC HD2 melds the power and flexibility of the Windows platform with the most advanced phone we’ve ever created.”

The HTC HD2 will be available before the end of the month at major retailers. Pricing and exact availability will be announced in the coming weeks.