HTC has officially launched their new Desire Smartphone in partnership with Telstra. The Android based phone which also plays Flash files is “far more customisable” than previous Android based models.
Revealed in Sydney today the competitor to the yet to be released Nexus Google One phone, the HTC Desire offers many of the features found in the Nexus One phone including a 3.7 touch screen display, 1 GHz processor and 5.0 mega pixel camera.
Telstra will sell the phone at $0 upfront and monthly $60 plan.It will include Google and Telstra applications. it will go on sale on April 27th 2010 and for those who want to buy it outright the cost is $780.
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Additional benefits include the ability to supports Flash with no extra downloads or updates required for viewing Flash based websites and applications, the Nexus One as well as previous Android powered mobile phones are still waiting for an Adobe update in order to support Flash.
The Desire also makes use of the manufacturers own user interface called Sense UI, this will be familiar to many HTC users and makes for a smooth experience whilst navigating the phones menus as well as loading applications and programs.
A new feature called FriendStream allows users to incorporate social networking updates all into one place, similar to the new the MOTOBlur service which is due in Australia shortly.
One other big difference from the Google Nexus one to the HTC Desire is in the phones main navigation button, although this is unlikely to be used much due to the Android operating system utilising the main touch screen for nearly all of its operation. The Nexus One opts for a physical trackball type button that is prone to wear and tear over time whereas the Desire features the newer optical trackball which acts very much like a normal computer mouse by simply swiping your finger across it.
More to follow.