HTC is on a roll, producing high-quality and high-demand smartphones left and right. HTC's latest creation -- the HTC Desire HD, an update to its original Desire model (which is available in the U.K. but hasn't yet been released in the U.S.) -- had its specs leaked by an online U.K. retailer. Looks like it could be another winner.
SuperETrader nabbed a list of specs for the HTC Desire HD, which is expected to debut in October 2010. The smartphone, also known as the "Ace," has a lot of the same features its competition, with a few exciting tweaks.
- 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 (upgradable to 32GB)
- E-book Reader Feature
- Unibody Aluminum Design
New E-Reader Technology for Smartphones?
What I find most enticing are the last two items: the e-book reader and the unibody aluminum design. There are already plenty of e-book reader apps for smartphones -- has HTC created one of its own? Or has it implemented new e-reader technology on smartphones?
The latter possibility makes me think of the Pixel Qi netbook, which comes with three screen modes: two color modes and a black-and-white e-ink mode for reading text documents and e-books. Could this technology be coming to smartphones?
Upping the Sex Appeal
Is Bigger Better?
It looks like the HTC Desire HD will sport a 4.3-inch screen similar to that of the Motorola Droid X, which has already sold out . Sense a trend coming? Bigger smartphone screens means better, I guess. If this keeps up, we'll all be toting around 5-inch quasi-tablet computers like the Dell Streak.
HTC: Steamrolling ... Itself?
Lately it seems that everything coming out of HTC's labs is a success. The EVO 4G and the Droid Incredible are both difficult to find and purchase. But there's a dark side to HTC's prolificacy: the company runs the risk of overwhelming consumers with too many Android options. A two-month-old smartphone now feels ancient. And if HTC is updating unreleased phones, it might be shooting itself in the foot.