What a week last week was! On top of the Nokia phone announcements, and theOptimus One phone we covered this morning, HTC also launched 2 new Android v2.2 phones last week. Now, both of these look very interesting devices, so read on for more information on the devices…
Firstly, on the right (above) is the. This looks very similar to the HTC Touch HD (and HTC HD2) which brought a larger high resolution screen to Windows Mobile, and HTC have now achieved the same thing with Android. The 123 x 68 x 11.8 mm device weighs 164g, but has an impressive 4.3″ 480×800 touchscreen, with an 8 megapixel camera (capable of 720p HD video recording). Geotagging, Bluetooth, WiFi, G Sensor, Digital Compass and the customisations of HTC Sense provide a nice rounded package.
On the left is theZ, which, obviously from the picture, has a QWERTY physical keyboard as it’s main selling point. At 119 x 60.4 x 14.16 mm and 180g it’s “only” got a 3.7″ touchscreen, but still offers the 480×800 of the . Like the , it’s capable of 720p HD recording, although the camera is only 5 megapixel. It still features the Geotagging, Bluetooth, WiFi, G Sensor, Digital Compass and HTC Sense of the ; in fact, it’s a pretty good spec, even without the keyboard!
What’s also new from HTC is HTCSense.com. To rival functions available from others (such as Apple’s Mobile.Me), once you have registered your phone, you can go to HTCSense.com to allow you to locate your phone (you can make it ring loudly, even if it’s on silent, or you can simply display the location on a map). If you are nervous about your phone, or it’s been lost or stolen, you can remotely lock it, forward calls and texts to another number (that’s a nice feature if you just left it at home), send a message to the phone or completely wipe it to protect the data on it. You can also access text messages, contacts and call history over the web, and HTC are planning to release free personalisation additions for your phone (wallpapers, HTC scenes etc.).
It’s nice to see HTC moving towards services (though not yet in the same way as Nokia has embraced services like Ovi Maps), and both of these two new devices are likely to be very popular.
We’re hearing theZ will be on sale SIM free next month (October) for £430 with the at £470.