HTC Desire HD, one of the two recently launched Android devices from the Taiwanese manufacturer has finally hit the virtual shelves of the UK stores. The 4.3″ WVGA display device that comes with an 8-Megapixel camera, 1GHz processor, 1.5 GB internal storage, Android 2.2 OS and integration with HTCSense.com will at present be available only on the web stores and have be ordered online.
There are three stores where you can head rightaway to buy – uSwitch, Expansys and Play.com. At uSwitch and Expansys, customers can choose to pick the HTC Desire HD at anywhere between £0 and £499 depending on the corresponding carrier contract and monthly payment chosen. At the higher price, you can get it unlocked. But do note that in case you choose to buy a SIM-free version, go for uSwitch since the device is available at £465. The Android phone is available for pre-orders only at Play.com though the launch is expected to happen soon on October 25.
Are you buying one?
HTC launched two new Android handsets last month at their media event – HTC Desire HD and HTC Desire Z. The launch was followed by an announcement about the new HTCSense.com online portal that offer complete online access to the users’ messaging content besides offering a phone locator and remote data wiping service.
The company has now announced that the website is now open for signups. At the moment, only Desire HD and Desire Z users are eligible to sign up though we expect HTC to open up the website for other recently launched models as well. If you do not own either of these new handsets, you can still sign up if you are a HTC customer. Such users can activate their warranty, download free wallpapers and other media content using their HTCSense account.
Porting ROMs from one mobile phone to another is not exactly thrilling stuff. It requires you to root your mobile phone and go through a long list of thankless procedures. At the end, you may not even enjoy all the features that your smartphone was supposed to do. Nevertheless, running smartphones on ported ROMs have been a favorite pastime of the nerds and geeks.
If you are one, or are willing to be like one, here is the latest news of interest. The recently leaked HTC Desire HD ROM has now been ported to a few other Android handsets like HTC EVO 4G, HTC Desire and HTC Droid Incredible. Apparently, these ports are still in their beta stages and do not seem to support camera functions, Wi-Fi or for that matter, 4G on EVO. More sophisticated solutions are hopefully on the way. But if you can’t wait until then, hop over to one of these links to get started on the porting instructions.
The HTC media event is currently underway and the company has unveiled two impressive handsets – the HTC Desire HD (HTC EVO for Europe) and HTC Desire Z. But I am more excited about the launch of the new HTCSense.com website. HTC calls this an interface for users to remotely manage data on their mobile phones. Using this website, you can access your text messages (even those from years ago), “call” your phone if you can’t find it, set up call redirect so that you can divert all calls to your HTC phone to your office line on a day you have forgotten the phone at home and finally wipe all data in case your phone is lost.
It is pretty nifty service and looks like a really cool service to have. What do you think?
There is not too much credibility to this news. However, according to a roadmap leaked from an unspecified UK carrier, the next generation HTC Desire – tipped to named HTC Desire HD or HTC Ace, could launch in October this year. The leaked roadmap has also delved into the technical specifications of the new device. If true, this could be pointing towards an excellent device with a very likeable form factor.
So here is what we know about the new HTC Ace. Firstly, HTC Desire HD could launch with a 4.3-inches WVGA touch screen display. The phone is expected to run on a 1GHz Qualcomm processor with 4GB internal memory. Also, the device will sport an impressive 8-Megapixel camera that will support 720p HD video capture. Other notable features include SRS Surround sound, aluminium unibody design and support for Adobe Flash 10. The HTC Ace is expected to run on Android OS 2.2.
As noted earlier, take this speculation with a pinch of salt for the moment.