HTC has unveiled its HD2 mobile handset – formerly referred to as the HTC Leo – a Windows Phone with a 4.3-inch touchscreen.
The HD2 has a 1GHz processor and runs the new Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional operating system, but with HTC’s ‘Sense’ user interface skin over the top.
The 4.3-inch touchscreen is capacitive and offers multi-touch features so the screen responds to more than one finger at a time, and can easily zoom and scroll when web browsing. Its resolution is 800×480 pixels.
There’s also a 5Mp camera with autofocus and a dual-LED flash.
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‘At 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,’ 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 we’ve ever created.’
Windows Phones are being launched by a range of manufacturers, and run Windows Mobile 6.5. Key features include the ability to synchronize email accounts with Microsoft Exchange and check and manage multiple email accounts. Microsoft’s newly launched ‘My Phone’ service enables you to automatically back up and synchronise photos, music, contacts and text messages from Windows Phones to the web.
Another benefit of having a Windows Phone is that HD2 users can download apps from the Windows Marketplace for Mobile – Microsoft’s answer to the Apple iTunes App Store and Google Android Market.
One area where the HD2 differentiates itself from other smartphones is in a localised animated weather app that starts when you switch on the HD2.
There’s also an optional car kit for the HD2 that should be ideal for using the HD2 as an in-car sat nav.
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