HTC unveils HTC Touch HD – Huge WVGA display, 5 megapixel camera

HTC Touch HD

HTC Touch HD

HTC, not one to let product leaks go un-validated, has today announced their HTC Touch HD. Following on the previous leak that had HTC preparing a WVGA touchscreen monster to add to its popular HTC Touch smartphone portfolio, HTC has confirmed that the HTC Touch HD is indeed on its way to stir up the touchscreen smartphone market. The HTC Touch HD is being billed as HTC’s entertainment-focused Touch smartphone toting a huge WVGA touchscreen display, 5 megapixel camera, GPS and TouchFLO 3D.

The HTC Touch HD’s flush-mounted (which all high-end HTC handsets will feature giogn forward) large, bright, and crisp WVGA display is expected to give other large-screened touchs-based smartphones a run for their money. With 3.8-inches of eye-dazzling real-estate, the gigantic widescreen VGA display will easily thrust the HTC Touch HD to its rightful place at the head of the touchscreen smartphone table. And, the 5 megapixel auto-focusing camera could give other high-megapixel cameraphones some serious competition.

HTC isn’t, apparently, going to take Apple’s success with their iPhone and iPhone 3G lying down. The HTC Touch HD goes straight for the jugular with that range-topping and market-leading 3.8-inch WVGA display (we still can’t get over the huge WVGA display!). The 5 megapixel camera (with autofocus) sets its sights on other high-end cameraphones with the intention of being the media-oriented handset of choice among power users. The quad-band (850/900/1800/1900Mhz) GSM/EDGE and dual-band (850/2100Mhz) WCDM/HSPA radios make sure that the HTC Touch HD will be getting its connectivity-on in whatever country you could possibly find yourself traveling through. And, with 512 MB ROM / 288 MB RAM on board and expandable storage capacity via the microSD card slot, the HTC Touch HD ensures that you’ll have plenty of room to take your pictures, videos, and music with you wherever you go.

HTC Touch HD
HTC Touch HD

Of course, HTC has endowed their HTC Touch HD with all the high-end trimmings we’ve come to expect from our favorite Windows Mobile smartphone maker. The HTC Touch HD sports aGPS, WiFI, Bluetooth 2.0, and a Qualcomm® MSM7201a™ CPU clocked at 528 MHz that should make quick work of running the Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional OS with the TouchFLO 3D UI.

Did we mention the HTC Touch HD featuring a humongous 3.8-inch WVGA display? Cupertino is going to have to play a little game of “catch-up” with their next-generation iPhone (iPhone Pro?)…

Here’s a quick rundown of the HTC Touch HD’s spec-sheet:

·         Size: 115 x 62.8 x 12 mm
·         Weight: 146.4 grams/5.164 oz with battery
·         Connectivity: Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
Dual-band WCDMA / HSPA:900/2100MHz.
HSDPA 7.2 Mbps
·         Operating system: HTC TouchFLO 3D with Windows Mobile® 6.1 Professional
·         Display: 3.8 inch Wide Screen VGA screen (480 x 800 WVGA)
·         Camera: 5.0 megapixel with auto focus – Second Camera: VGA
·         Internal memory: 512 MB flash; 288 MB RAM
·         Memory card: microSD™ memory card (SDHC™ capable)
·         WLAN: 802.11b/g
·         Bluetooth®: 2.0 with EDR
·         GPS: GPS/AGPS
·         Interface: HTC ExtUSB™ (mini-USB and audio jack in one; USB 2.0 High-Speed)
·         Battery: 1350 mAh
·         Talk time: WCDMA: Up to 390 minutes*** / GSM: Up to 310 minutes***
·         Standby time: WCDMA: Up to 450 hours*** / GSM: Up to 390 hours***
·         Chipset: Qualcomm® MSM7201a™ 528 MHz

We should be seeing the HTC Touch HD landing on European shores in Q4 2008, with the rest of the globe following suit shortly afterwards.

Find out more about the HTC Touch HD here.

  • BenS

    Seriously, what is the problem with adding 1900Mhz 3G support so it can be used in the US? A perfect phone otherwise, but that’s a BIG otherwise. Full 3G support should be standard for a mega feature phone like this.

  • kachra

    @BenS
    Seriously! I will not but it just because it doesnt have US 3G. I might start thinking of getting a job in Europe and move there, just for phones ;-)

  • Counsel

    Why can’t anyone publish or comment about anything to do with the video available on this device? Many HTC users who “upgraded” their device and lost video performance due to a lack of anything but software rendering are wanting to know whether the new HTC Touch Pro has any 3-D acceleration or anything other than software rendering…

  • Zak

    Sexy & Powerful, just like I like my women. (not too powerful though lol)

    But WM 6.1 and no flash is a dealbreaker for me.

    SEXY!!!!!!

  • Zak

    If this was WM 7 and had a xenon flash, it would be mine faster than you could say HTC backwards!

  • LexNoir

    I’ve been waiting to replace my iPhone for some time now. Though I love my iPhone for many reasons mainly…

    Large touch screen
    Visual Voicemail
    The best internet browsing experience on a mobile phone thus far!

    No other phone has gotten as much Internet usage as this one.

    But on the downside, I’ve always missed the flexibility of Windows Mobile, I want to be able to install ANY software I want. Not be tied down to what Apple sees as “OK”. On top of that copy and paste? Come on now Apple just doesn’t seem to listen to what people really want! Basic frickin’ functionality.

    So I’ve been waiting for the Windows Mobile equivelant of the iPhone. I looked at the Omnia, I was interested for a while but that UI was ugly in my opinion.

    I looked at the Touch Diamond and Pro. I couldn’t help but think how hard it would be to go back to a small screen after becoming so use to the iPhone and it’s 3.5 in screen. Think webpages and pinching and swiping. I need a big screen.

    Then there was the Xperia X1! Sexy mutha (whatcho mouth). The X1 was at the top of my list. I was just getting used to the iPhone’s soft keyboard and I remembered how much I loved my previous HTC slide out qwerty keyboards. But I was thinking gosh I got so use to a thin phone with a big screen (iPhone). But I was still willing to dish out the cake for the Xperia just to get back to Windows Mobile where I could actually sync everything like my frickin’ Outlook notes! And OneNote!!

    Then came the Touch HD. I feel like my prayers have finally been answered. For one it’s HTC! Gotta love ‘em. Two, it’s not only thin, but has bigger screen than the iPhone. WOOT WOOT! Then it has WM with a nice front end! Hootie hoooo! It has all the bells and whistles that I’ve been looking for in a fully touch interface. Ohh and a battery we can actually replace! Wow that’s innovative (Apple take note you gouging *******s), ohh and a microSDHC sweeeeet. Now WE can upgrade our own storage! 3.5mm headphone jack? Geesh it just gets better and better.

    I feel like they’ve had time to master the TouchFLO interface and i’m feeling good about this one! iPhone killer has been used waaaay too frequently but this time, we might have one!

    Just add the US bands, the same pinch and tap interface to the web browser as the iPhone, visual voicemail and I think we have THE iPhone killer this time around!!

    PS: I’m tired of Apple not releasing details on any products they plan to come out with. I sat on the edge of my seat with my iPhone 1.0 dying to see what iPhone 2.0 had in store. All I get is a stinkin’ 3G? And that didn’t even work right. What a frickin’ disappointment. I refused to buy a 3G iPhone….3G is what it should have had before.

    I hope Touch HD comes out with US 3G otherwise I might even be forced to buy a 2G version just to have my WM functionality back!

  • Zak

    Yea, I don’t know if I’d outright buy this phone unlocked as I just purchased 2 phones this summer. But if Rogers picks it up (which they SHOULD) I’d consider renewing my 3 year contract for this bad boy.

  • Eltawil

    I wouldn’t mind dishing out the extra cash to get my hands on this phone. I, too, have been looking around for a phone with a large screen (2.8″ isn’t big enough anymore). Touch screen keyboard will be fine on a phone like this (better still, it even has heptic feedback I think).

    So, hopefully this phone gets released this year as I am sick of my iPhone’s LIMITED abilities.

  • riaan

    great phone, just size and camera that bothers me. HTC, please wake-up and install carl zeis lenses with zennon flash. this will proove to be the top all in one gadget to buy.

  • Waqar

    Hey Guy, I don’t know why people are after so call iphone? I mean lets face it it is no way to compare it to the HTC products. Okay I had gotten at&t tilt, which I lost, and was gifted iphone, I hated but what could I do, now listen to this, you might not know but my bluetooth headset, which is A2DP that let me listen to the music, and use it as a handfree, can’t be used with iphone, and also had gotten this A2DP for my car, which allowed the car’s stereo to be used as my phone’s speaker, you know like it would send all the music anc calls through the speakers of my car, was not able to be used by iphone because it lacked A2DP. I also had an SD card for my tilt, and there is no place in iphone to put it in. I had so many software for tilt, that were used both for my work eg financial stuff, and also my college’s software, and guess what? I couldn’t use that on my iphone. so the only thing about iphone was that I could zoom in a webpage by my fingers? and for that I had to sacrifice all the advantages that my HTC product has? WOW. One more thing, since at home, at office, at college I have wifi, and all the hotspots around the city, I never needed to have an data plan with at&t. but guess what? when I gotten my iphone, I just couldn’t get out of a plan, I called at&t and they said it’s part of a deal. like the customer rap, at the at&t store didn’t even bothered to tell me, because he assumed I knew about it. people when are you guys goin got wake up? oh by the way HTC products, has this new SD card ability that let you use as much as 32GB of memory card, for those of you who into music or watching movies on the phone. so what you guys think? HTC or iphone?

  • skelet

    surely HTC HD!!!!dont even think about the lovely sh;t iphone.

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