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

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