HTC unveils new Desire handsets

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Taiwanese manufacturer announces Desire HD and Desire Z, as well as HTCSense.com and enhancements to its Sense user interface

HTC has unveiled the Desire HD and Desire Z Android-based smartphones, both of which will include enhancements to its Sense user interface as well as the introduction of HTCSense.com.

The devices go on sale in mid-October on £35 a month contracts. The Deisre HD will be available through all major retailers and networks except O2 while the Desire Z will be available through Vodafone and all major retailers.

The Desire HD (pictured left) comes with a 4.3-inch LCD screen and Dolby Mobile virtual sound, becoming the first device to be powered by the new 1GHz Qualcomm 8255 Snapdragon processor. It enables HD video recording and comes with an eight-megapixel camera with dual-flash. It also includes the new HTC Fast Boot which is aimed at shortening the time taken to complete the power-up sequence.

The Desire Z (pictured right) features a ‘pop hinge’ that opens to reveal a QWERTY keyboard, which includes shortcuts and two customisable keys for providing quick access to common features. It also enables HD video recording and a five-megapixel camera with automatic flash. It is the first phone to use the new 800MHz Qualcomm 7230 processor and also includes HTC Fast Boot.

HTCSense.com enables people to manage their mobile phone experience from their HTC phone or PC. For example, people can easily locate a missing phone by triggering the handset to ring loudly, even if it is set to silent, or to flag its location on a map. If the phone has been lost or stolen, users can remotely lock the phone, forward calls and texts to another phone, send a message to the phone to arrange its return or remotely wipe all personal data from it.

The enhanced HTC Sense user interface now enables users to record HD videos or capture and edit images with a range of camera effects. ‘Locations’ provides people with on-demand mapping. HTC Sense also utilises a new e-book store and a mobile-optimised e-reader that includes the ability to highlight, annotate and quickly search for definitions or translate unfamiliar terms.

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