The version of the HTC HD2 “media monster” is expected to drop on US soil later this month, possibly on March 24th. So, it’s not surprising that we’re seeing pics of the Magenta-branded HD2 strutting its stuff out in the wild. New pics have hit the web, showing off the HD2 and some customized apps/services that help it make the most of its gigantic, high-resolution 4.3-inch capacitive touchscreen.
The HD2 you see here seems to be flaunting its Blockbuster integration. Clicking on the icon takes you to Blockbuster’s On Deman movie download service, allowing HD2 users to quickly and easily pull down movies. To help get you started T-Mo’s HD2 will apparently come to market with both the Transformers and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen movie titles pre-loaded onto the device. And, for all you mobile TV buffs out there, you can expect to see MoviTV services bundled with the device. The HD2 is just about the only smartphone out there with the hardware chops (read: massive high-res display) to actually make mobile TV consumption enjoyable, and we can’t wait to try it out.
As for the rest of the phone, we’re not seeing anything that we haven’t seen before. The 4.3-inch display sits atop a 1Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 5-megapixel camera, 3G data, WiFi, GPS, microSD card slot, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. It’s going to launch with Windows Mobile 6.5 in tow – thankfully skinned with HTC’s impressive TouchFLO 3D UI – but don’t bank on seeing a Windows Phone 7 update being made available for the handset.
As for pricing, T-Mobile isn’t yet saying. We’re expecting it to be offered at $199.99 with a 2-year contract or about $449.99 as a fully unlocked and contract-free version. For the decimal-disabled out there, that’s $200 or $450, depending on your willingness to be tied to a carrier for a couple years. Keep in mind, T-Mobile will also allow you to pay for the handset in installments. Launch is expected for March 24th.
Check out our HD2 unboxing after the break!
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