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What to Expect From The HTC Desire HD

My first post on the ‘what to expect’ series focuses on the HTC Desire HD. Recent reports have stated that the phone is not certain to be called the Desire HD with suggested names including HTC Smoke, and HTC Flame, names more or less coined up from a mysterious HTC email sent to UK journalists.

HTC September 15 2010 London

Despite the confusion over its name, there’s not much to argue about with regards to device specifications for the Desire HD (or whatever it’ll be called) and the basic truth is that HTC is scheduled to release its next flagship smartphone for Android in coming weeks.

Leaks from a Chinese forum and an exciting slip-up at Amazon UK led us to the first widely accepted pics  of the Desire’s big-brother. Spotting a larger 4.3 inch WVGA screen, there’s still no word if it’s going to be an AMOLED or SLCD screen, but my wildest guess suggests the smartphone would feature an SLCD screen considering recent difficulties for manufacturer’s keeping up with AMOLED demand. There’s to be an 8 megapixel camera with 720p video recording enabled courtesy Android 2.2 (froyo), expected to ship with the Desire HD. Additional details like 4GB internal storage, HD video playback, XviD video support, SRS surround sound complete what’s largely expected to be HTC’s next flagship phone for Android probably to compete with the already-released Motorola Droid 2 and a follow-up to the HTC Evo 4G

There’s no confirmation the Desire HD features a front-facing camera for video conferencing, and really I’d like to see that happen so the Desire HD competes in hand with the Evo 4G against the iPhone 4 for video calling. Gingerbread is expected for a fall release and I can’t say the Google Dev team and open source team overseeing Andriod’s progress would overlook the possibilities of a video call feature to counter Apple’s facetime on the iPhone 4.

Initial pics including a comprehensive video from 247android.com of the backside of the Desire HD portray a uni-body aluminum case. Geeky features like Bluetooth 3.0, Wifi b/n/g are expected to be available although it’s not yet known if the Desire HD supports a 4G network. If it eventually does then it’s all the more likely to be released on Sprint’s 4G network – the perfect follow-up to the Evo on Sprint 4G.

The release of the Desire HD has been much-talked about by the tech press and I’m sure it won’t fall to meet expectations for the Android faithful and will undoubtedly draw off some users from Nokia, RIM, Apple, and the rest.

HTC Desire HD specs

  • 4.3 inch WVGA Touch Screen
  • 8 Mega Pixel Camera
  • 1 GHZ Qualcomm Processor
  • Android 2.2 OS
  • HD 720p Video Capture
  • Xvid Video Playback
  • SRS Surround Sound
  • Automatic Face Tracking
  • Adobe Flash 10 Support
  • 4GB Internal Memory (up to 32GB)
  • E-book Reader Feature
  • Uni-Body Aluminium Design

Samsung Epic 4G bringing competition to HTC EVO August 31st

Sprint Samsung Epic 4G

Today Sprint announced that the Samsung Epic 4G will be available Tuesday, August 31st for $249.99, with pre-orders starting Friday August 13th.

The Samsung Epic 4G is Sprint’s version of the Galaxy S smartphone, and comes with 4G, a 4-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen display, sliding keyboard, Android 2.1, 5 MP camera / camcorder with autofocus and 720p recording, front facing VGA camera, and more.

If you want to reserve your Samsung EPIC 4G now, go to sprint.com/epic4g.

The Samsung EPIC 4G is a great looking phone. With its Super AMOLED screen, it’s sure to please, and it seems to be priced competitively enough. What troubles me, though, is that it’s going to ship with Android 2.1. These days everyone is getting the Froyo (2.2) update, with the latest recipient, the HTC EVO, being the EPIC’s only 4G competitor. Hopefully Samsung can push an update out soon to level the playing field.

As for the purchase process at sprint.com/epic4g, it sounds like you can purchase the EPIC 4G for $249.99, but that price requires a new line or eligible line, two-year service agreement, and $100 mail-in rebate. You are then reserved and can complete your order beginning August 31st, and then pick up your phone in the store.

It’s interesting that Sprint is touting this as a new purchase process, and in a favorable light. If I were to start my process online, I’d probably want it shipped to me. Then again, this pre-order is probably setup this way to avoid the 30-60 minute processing that I experienced when I went to purchase the HTC EVO on launch day. It will be interesting to see if this new process works better than previous ones.