MWC: Voda gets run on new HTCs


Taiwanese manufacturer HTC has confirmed details of its ‘Legend’ and ‘Desire’ handsets, both running Google’s Android operating system. It has also shown its HTC HD mini handset, a compact version of its Windows Mobile 6.5 HD2 handset.

The HTC Legend (pictured right) will be available first through Vodafone’s direct channels in the UK and other European markets from April, and in other channels and other markets thereafter. Vodafone will runs its Vodafone 360 internet services offer on Legend devices.

The HTC Desire (pictured left), which had the wroking title ‘Bravo’ in the leaked HTC roadmap that appeared at the end of 2009, will be broadly available across markets in early Q2, with Vodafone again featuring heavily. Orange will also stock the handset in the UK, with T-Mobile stocking it from March 26.

The HTC HD mini will be broadly available to customers across major European and Asian markets beginning in April.

All three handsets feature HTC’s upgraded Sense interface, which will be offered as a free upgrade on existing Hero devices.

The new HTC Sense interface allows users to integrate contacts and social networking applications.

The new Friend Stream application brings together Facebook, Twitter and Flickr in a single update thread, and allows contacts to be grouped by social circle. The revised HTC Sense also shows improvements to the web browser and email client, as well as a new newsreader application and a ‘Leap’ thumbnail view for quick access to specific screens.

The HTC Legend handset is machined from a single aluminum block, according to HTC, for a compact frame. It includes a 3.2 inch, AMOLED HVGA display. The traditional trackball has been replaced with an optical joystick, surrounded by a narrow button to improve usability.

The HTC Desire has a 3.7 inch AMOLED WVGA display. It runs a 1GHz Snapdragon processor and Adobe Flash 10.1. It also includes an optical joystick.

The HTC HD mini also deploys the new HTC Sense. It integrates Microsoft Outlook email client, as well as HTC’s Windows-based Twitter application, HTC Peep. It has capacitive touch for viewing, zooming and resizing websites, Microsoft Office files, PDF documents and pictures.

Vodafone Group director of terminals Patrick Chomet said: “HTC has made a strong contribution to the growth of the mass market appeal of smartphones. The HTC Legend, the HTC Desire and the HTC HD Mini will be ranged in selected Vodafone markets across our footprint. Vodafone customers will experience a differentiated experience on the HTC Legend, which will come customised for them with pre-loaded Vodafone 360 internet services.”

HTC chief executive Peter Chou said: “The mobile phone is the most personal item you have in your possession. HTC Sense was created to magnify your ability to create and define your own mobile experience. HTC Legend and HTC Desire take Android to another level in both substance with HTC Sense and style with HTC Legend’s crafted aluminum uni-body design.”

Chou said: “The demand for the HTC HD2 has exceeded our expectations, and the HTC HD mini fulfills a desire from some customers to bring the capabilities and experience of the HTC HD2 to a more compact design.

“The integration of HTC Sense and Windows Phone on HD mini and HD2 gives customers an additional choice for an advanced Windows Mobile phone that is sleek, well crafted and easy to use.”