We have seen the device pop up on their accessories page, and many of us have spoken to their customer service team, but the HTC HD2 has now finally shows up on T-Mobileâ€™s website as coming soon.
Of course our discerning readers may be a bit perturbed by the picture of a device which is clearly not the HD2, and readers who look more closely may be even more disturbed by reading about Android Marketplace compatibility, but rest assured these are simply signs of T-Mobile incompetence rather than any earth shattering moves on HTCâ€™s part.
Thanks Sander for the tip.
GPSandCo have published this 16 min video of the HTC HD2 in action, showing many features of the new device. Unfortunately, unless you are a francophone, you will not be able to make much of the running commentary, but I don’t think that will matter too much for those, like me, who are just content to sit and stare in admiration at the device.
Engadget has published the above video of their hands-on experience of the HTC HD2 from today’s Windows Mobile 6.5 launch.
I think it is safe to say they liked the device, saying “We were frankly blown away with how slick this phone is” which is a rather high acolade from the usual down on Windows Mobile Engadget team.
Read more of their first impressions at Engadget here.
Stuff must have asked the same question, and this is the explanation they received.
There are three strands to the HTC Sense UI ethos. Firstly, it’s all about ‘making it mine’. So the home page features a fully customisable 3×3 grid, giving you the freedom to decide what apps and widgets go onto each of the 13 home screens – yes, 13 home screens. You don’t need to have them all, so if 13 is a bit too much, take it down to whatever suits you.
Secondly, it’s all about ‘staying close’ and the HD2 reinforces the idea that communication is not just about applications, emails, messages et al – it’s about people. With that in mind, the HD2 has a ‘favourites’ option, allowing you to aggregate your contact’s details in one place, not to mention being a great tool for conference calls.
Lastly, it’s all about ‘expecting the unexpected’ and the HD2 has a few cool tricks up its sleeves. For example, when your phone rings it will detect when you pick up your handset and automatically lower the ringtone volume. Its backlight will automatically adjust to suit its surroundings as will go to sleep when you’re nattering away to prevent unknowingly hanging up while you’re on the phone to your mum and of course saving some juice in the process.
There you have it. Of course its the tricks up the sleeve we find fascinating. They include features such as automatically showing the weather for your location, being able to mute the phone by turning it over, or the implementation of the new car kit.
Read Stuffâ€™s full impressions here.
Additional details is runtime estimates from the standard 1,230mAh battery are up to 320 minutes WCDMA talktime or 390 hours standby; or up to 8hrs of video or listen to up to 12hrs of music. An extended battery with kick stand will also be available.
HTCâ€™s car kit and navigation software will work with the GPS and Digital Compass, making a great in car GPS solution.
Slashgearâ€™s hands-on impressions:
A bigger display means that the on-screen QWERTY can be larger, and in fact the keys are significantly bigger than any portrait-orientation hardware keyboard smartphone weâ€™ve played with. The same clever auto-correction has been implemented, and â€“ though our typing experience was brief â€“ we found it to be very straightforward to use. Full-screen browsing, using Opera Mobile (since Internet Explorer Mobile doesnâ€™t support multitouch), is a slick revelation, with the speedy Snapdragon processor making for rapid zooming â€“ whether by double-tap or multitouch pinch-zoom â€“ and instantaneous text resizing and reflowing. Thereâ€™s no pause or delay to wait for jagged images to be rescaled, or half-chopped paragraphs to shuffle onto the screen. The capacitive touchscreen itself is swift and smooth, and has instantly left resistive Windows Phones in the shade.
Read their full impressions here.
If there is one way to burst oneâ€™s enthusiasm for a new device, its a shocking high price. The HTC HD2 is now available for pre-order on Clove UK for the pricy amount of Â£475 (Â£546.25 inc VAT, around $870). This is about Â£100 more than the HTC Touch Pro 2 cost at present and around Â£200 more than the HTC Hero, which shares much of the same technology except for the processor.
While the device is astounding the price, which is way into laptop territory, is difficult to justify and will see only the most ardent fans buying it off contract.
Hopefully the actual nom-pre-order price will be significantly cheaper.
If you still need to scratch the its read more at Clove here.
CPU Processing Speed
1GHz Snapdragonâ„¢ processor
Power & Battery1
Battery type: Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery
Capacity: 1230 mAh
- WCDMA: Up to 320 mins
- GSM: Up to 380 mins
- WCDMA: Up to 390 hours
- GSM: Up to 490 hours
Video playback Up to 8 hours
Audio playback: Up to 12 hours
- 5 megapixel color camera
- Auto focus
- Dual LED flashlight
- 3.5 mm stereo audio jack
- Standard Micro-USB
(5-pin micro-USB 2.0)
- Proximity sensor
- Ambient light sensor
Home, People, Messages, Mail, Internet, Calendar, Stocks, Photos & Videos, Music, Weather, Footprints, Twitter, Settings
- Facebookâ„¢ integration
- Sharing photos on Facebook and Twitter
- Sharing videos on YouTubeâ„¢
- HTC Peepâ„¢ for twittering
Recommended Windows System Requirements
- Windows XP or Windows VistaÂ®
- MicrosoftÂ® ActiveSyncÂ® 4.5 for Windows XP
- MicrosoftÂ® Windows Mobile Device Center 6.1
for Windows Vista
Type: Capacitive touch screen
Resolution: 480 X 800 WVGA
Windows MobileÂ® 6.5 Professional
- ROM: 512 MB
- RAM: 448 MB
- Expansion slot: microSDâ„¢ memory card (SD 2.0 compatible)
- HSPA/WCDMA: 900/2100 MHz
- GSM: 850/950/1800/1900 MHz
- HSPA/WCDMA: 900/2100 MHz
- GSM: 850/950/1800/1900 MHz
- Browser: Opera Mobileâ„¢
Up to 7.2 Mbps download speed
Up to 2 Mbps upload speed
- GPRS: Up to 114 kbps download speed
- EDGE: Up to 560 kbps download speed
- Wi-FiÂ®: IEEE 802.11 b/g
- Internet Sharing through USB or Bluetooth
- Wi-Fi Router
- BluetoothÂ® 2.1 with Enhanced Data Rate
- Supported profiles: A2DP, AVRCP, BIP, BPP, DUN, FTP, GAP, GOEP, HFP, HID, HSP, OPP, PAN, PBAP, SAP, SPP
- Windows MediaÂ® Player
- Pictures & Videos
- FM Radio
- Audio supported formats:
.aac, .amr, .m4a, .mid, .mp3, .mp4, .qcp, .wav, .wma
- Video supported formats:
.wmv, .asf, .mp4, .3gp, .3g2, .m4v, .avi
- Internal GPS antenna
- HTC Footprintsâ„¢
- Digital Compass
- Battery times (talk time, standby time, and more) are subject to network and phone usage.
- Network bands in regions other than Europe and Asia Pacific may be different, depending on the mobile operator and your location. Please check with your mobile operator.
- Actual data speed is dependent on the network or Wi-Fi signal strength.
- NaviPanel requires the HTC HD2 car kit which needs to be purchased separately.
HTC has finally made the HTC Leo AKA HTC HD2 official, and below is the press release:
HTC Corporation, today unveiled the HTC HD2Ã¤, the first Windows phone with HTC Sense, a customer experience focused on putting people at the centre by making their phones work in a more simple, natural and personal way. With its industry leading, high-resolution, 4.3-inch capacitive touch display, the ultra thin HTC HD2 delivers more visible content in a sharper, brighter and richer way.
â€œAt HTC we believe that the best things in life should be experienced, not explained. HTC Sense is based on this principle by making the phone more simple and natural to use and by enabling people to personalise their mobile experience in their own unique way,â€ said Peter Chou, CEO of HTC Corporation. With HTC Sense, the HTC HD2 melds the power and flexibility of the Windows platform with the most advanced phone weâ€™ve ever created.â€
â€œHTC has a long history of innovation with Windows Mobile, shipping millions of devices over the years in a wide range of designs,â€ said Andy Lees, senior vice president, Mobile Communication Business, Microsoft Corp. â€œThe HTC HD2 Windows phone breaks new ground with its responsive, touch screen.â€
The HD2 uses the first capacitive touch display on a Windows phone to make viewing, zooming and resizing websites, MicrosoftÂ® Office files, PDF documents and pictures easier with just a pinch of your fingers. The large display also enables faster, more efficient and accurate typing using the onscreen keyboard. Utilizing Qualcommâ€™s new 1Ghz Snapdragon mobile processor, the HTC HD2 offers enhanced performance that improves the speed of applications, videos, games and more.
Developed with a passion for enhancing peopleâ€™s lives through innovation, design and ease of use, HTC Sense is rooted in three fundamental principles of Make it Mine, Stay Close and Discover the Unexpected.
Make It Mine
The HD2 continues HTCâ€™s drive for personalization by reflecting not only what you want on your phone, but also where you are. Using its large 4.3-inch window-like display, HTC has brought a new dimension to weather with a localized, animated weather experience that utilizes HD2â€™s entire display without being invasive to your important content and information. The HD2 can also be further enhanced to reflect your needs and style by downloading a wealth of applications at the new WindowsÂ® Marketplace for Mobile.
The HD2 helps you stay close to the important friends and colleagues in your life with HTCâ€™s people-centric communication approach that provides a single contact view that displays individual communication snapshots of your conversations with the people in your life regardless of whether a call, text, Facebook status update or email were used. While in the midst of email exchange with someone you can easily transition to a call by pressing the call button. HTC has also included a new Windows-based version of its Twitter application, HTC Peep. The pictures you take with the 5MP camera can also be quickly shared via Facebook or Twitter.
Discover the Unexpected
With the HTC Sense experience, the HTC HD2 includes a variety of enhancements that expand and improve the overall phone experience. The HD2 includes a variety of sensors including a proximity sensor that is used to prevent false screen touches when the phone is picked up to answer or make a call. A light sensor automatically adjusts the brightness of the display. Leveraging its 3G broadband connectivity, the HTC HD2 also offers personal Wi-Fi anywhere for your computer or other devices.
Also available for the HTC HD2 is the optional car kit that automatically transforms HD2â€™s user interface into a finger friendly in-car navigation experience for driving.
As a new Windows phone, the HTC HD2 showcases the powerful messaging, browsing and productivity capabilities delivered by Windows MobileÂ® 6.5. Offering a best in class e-mail experience complete with the ability to synchronize with Microsoft Exchange, you have the ability to check and manage multiple email accounts. Microsoftâ€™s new My Phone service enables you to automatically back up and synch photos, music, contacts and text messages for free from the HD2 to the web.
The HTC HD2 will be available later this month with selected operators across Europe, before rolling out to other regions in the coming months.
Wired UK has attended the HTC HD2 announcement earlier today, and have posted their impressions.
The first thing you notice is the enormous 4.3-inch screen, which sits in a slender handset barely bigger than the model it replaces. It makes the iPhone’s 3.5-inch screen look rather measly in comparison, and while it doesn’t match Apple’s uncompromising design aesthetic, it is a handsome phone. The old HD was good-looking in a workmanlike kind of way, but its younger brother has a sharp suit and a good haircut.
It’s also nimbler, faster and more responsive. Instead of the old model’s pressure-sensitive resistive touchscreen, which required a firm tap of the fingernail (or a prod of the stylus), the new phone comes with a sensitive capacitive screen, which responds to a gentle sweep of the finger â€“ and to the multi-touch zoom gestures that Apple made famous. It’s joyfully smooth and fast too, thanks to its 1GHz Snapdragon processor.
That corrects one of the first HD’s defects â€“ slightly erratic touch sensitivity and occasional sluggishness in getting from screen to screen. Most of the other complaints focused on the shortcomings of Windows Mobile, which was still a bit annoying despite HTC’s efforts to bury obscure menus under a more finger-friendly interface.
With the specs, they note (finally) that the device weighs 157g , which is about 10 grams more than the HTC Touch HD.
Read their full impressions here.
We have not seen the official announcement of the HTC HD2 yet, but we already know one of the accessories it is set to come with.
Above it its GPS Navigation dock, which comes with a special battery cover.
Using this, the device will be charged without needing to connect any additional cables, and the device will also automatically detect the connection and launch the navigation software, in addition to rotating the screen.
The smartphone is expected to come with CoPilot Live.
Read more at Gizmovil.com here.
Seeing how Norway is more east that here, its no surprise the HTC HD2 aka HTC Leo has been officially announced there, rather than anywhere else.
Norwegian site ITavisen has published their first review of the device. They note, despite it being a WM 6.5 device, HTCâ€™s TouchFlo3D dominates the UI. They mention the device is fast and powerful, with only â€œ little mincing or lugging to track down as we scroll through the menus.â€
They found the device finger-friendly and found the Windows Mobile 6.5 experience â€œless painfulâ€ than usual. They did not however test the new services that come with the updated OS.
Calling the device â€œreally impressiveâ€, they expect it to become available in Norway at around 5000 NOK (around $880) in early November.
Two titbits of Leo info for this morning. AI.RS blog reports the HTC Leo will be officially announced on Windows Mobile 6.5 day tomorrow. This itself is not surprising. Unfortunately according to their tipsters the device is not ready yet, and will only actually reach market at the end of October or early November.
Hopefully this is not the case for the carrier versions, with O2â€™s version being expected in a mere week or so.
Read more at AI.RS blog here.