By February 15, 2010

Details and official pics of the HTC Desire, Legend, and HD Mini


Mobile World Congress is all about the last-minute leaks this year. First, a tiny glimpse of Windows Phone leaked out just hours before it became official. Now, three brand-spankin’ new handsets from HTC have just leaked out, just one day before HTC’s press conference but after the press conference, these handsets are now official.


The glorious beast you see above is the HTC Desire, previously known around the rumor mill as the HTC Bravo. Take Google’s Nexus One, stick HTC’s customized Sense user interface on it, replace the trackball with a nifty optical trackpad – and bam! You’ve got the Desire. It’ll run Android 2.1 on a big and beautiful 3.7? AMOLED touchscreen packed on top of a 1GHZ processor, 512 MB ROM/576 MB RAM, Bluetooth 2.1, and a 5 megapixel camera with autofocus and flash.

Living wallpapers (and Google Navigation for our US cousins) are all present and correct, and multi-touch capability is also enabled. This has led HTC to create something really neat – Helicopter Mode, which allows you to simply pinch in on the home screen and see all seven of your widget-filled windows at once; a real time saving boon. T-Mobile have confirmed the Desire will be available on T-Mobile in March.



We got word of this next one, the HTC Legend, at the same time we found out about the bravo – but words were all we had. Then Dutch carrier KPN came along and spilled the beans on this spec-for-spec sequel to the HTC Hero with a few itsy-bitsy press shots.

Coming in with a 600mhz CPU, 3.2? AMOLED screen, and 512 MB RAM/384 MB ROM, it’s not quite as ridiculously spec’d out as the Desire – but it’s still a damn nice handset. Like the Desire, it’s running HTC’s Sense UI on top of Android 2.1. HTC have confirmed the Legend will be available on Vodafone in April.


Last but not least: the HD Touch Mini. It’s purportedly running Windows Mobile 6.5.3 — which, considering today’s announcement of its successor, Windows Phone, admittedly makes this one a bit hard to get too excited about. With that said, this’ll probably be one of the last Windows Mobile handsets with HTC’s dramatic UI overhauls on it, given Microsoft’s new policies that keep manufacturers from replacing Windows Phone interface elements.

All signs indicate that this one will pack a 3.2? HVGA screen, 5 megapixel camera and i wouldn’t be surprised if this one turned up at Vodafone and O2 in April.


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