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Unveiled at the Sydney Opera House, the HTC HD2 has a large 4.3-inch capacitive touch screen, is 11mm thin, and is the first Windows Mobile phone with a capacitive screen. The capacitive touchscreen, coupled with its 1Ghz Snapdragon processor and Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional with HTC Sense Operating System, made it easy for us to browse through the menus and use the different features.
During our hands-on with the device, we found the touch screen to be responsive even when pressing small icons. The 1Ghz processor made the unit faster and was able to switch between applications quicker than older HTC devices. The HD2 is also able to synchronise emails from Outlook as well as Gmail, stream Mobile Foxtel, and push Twitter and Facebook updates. We were also able to view, zoom and resize websites and pictures easier by pinching our fingers.
In addition, the company also said that the HD2 can also be converted into a Wi-Fi router, allowing multiple users to connect to the Internet via the phone’s 3G connection.
Also included on the phone is the new Windows Marketplace for Mobile, Microsoft’s free My Phone service, Twitter and Facebook apps, 5MP autofocus camera with dual LED light, up-to-date share information, localised animated weather experience and exclusive BigPond content and Mobile Foxtel from Telstra
HTC’s Sales and Marketing Director ANZ, Anthony Petts said, “Last year, we have released eight new products in Australia. This year’s HTC HD2 is one of the most advanced and intuitive phones the company has ever created.”
“The phone provides users with the winning combination of Windows Phone functionality and one of the largest, most visually stunning capacitive touch displays available on the market. It is simply a joy to use,” added Petts.
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Telstra’s Executive Director for Wireless, Data, Applications and Services, Ross Fielding said, “We’re onto a winner here. The HD2 combines major advances in smartphone screen quality and processing power. With a processor that makes the HD2 almost twice as powerful as smartphones released just last year, customers can run popular apps like email, games and Windows applications faster and, importantly, simultaneously. Our fast, always 3G Next G network adds to the experience by making web applications like Facebook more responsive and web browsing effortless.”
The HTC HD2 will be available exclusively to Telstra customers initially through Telstra T[life] stores, Telstra Shops and dealers from today (exclusive to Telstra until 30 March 2010). The HTC HD2 has an RRP of $829, and is also available for $0 upfront on a $80 plan over 24 months. It is also available on a range of Telstra Enterprise & Government and Telstra Business plans including for $0 upfront on a new $85 Mobile PLUS plan.
See page over for the HD2 specification.
Touch HD2 Specification:
Processor: Snapdragon processor, 1GHz
Platform: Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional with HTC Sense
Memory: 16GB microSD memory card (Australia only) ROM: 512 MB, RAM: 448 MB
Dimensions: 120.5 x 67 x 11mm
Weight: 157 grams with battery
Display: Capacitive touch screen with 480 X 800 WVGA resolution
Battery: Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery
Capacity: 1230 mAh
Audio Supported Formats: AAC, AMR, M4A, MID, MP3, MP4, QCP, WAV, WMA
Camera: 5.0 megapixel colour camera with auto focus and dual LED flashlight
GPS: Internal GPS antenna
Connectivity: Bluetooth 2.1 with Enhanced Data Rate Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11 b/g, Standard Micro-USB (5-pin micro-USB 2.0), 3.5 mm audio jack, Internet Sharing through USB or Bluetooth, Wi-Fi Router
Video Supported Formats: WMV, ASF, MP4, 3GP, 3G2, M4V, AVI
Expansion Slot: microSD memory card (SD 2.0 compatible)
Special Features: G-sensor, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor, Digital Compass