HTC, producer of the Hero and the Magic handsets, announced three new models at the Mobile World Congress. Two of the phones run on the Android operating system while the third is a compact device that uses Microsofts Windows.
The HTC Legend is a powerful smartphone that runs on Android 2.1 and is controlled using a 3.2 inch AMOLED touchscreen. It resembles the HTC Hero but unlike that phone the Legend has been forged from a single piece of aluminium to give it a distinctive finish.
HTC claims that the Legend has an improved 600 MHz processor to keep all your applications running smoothly. It comes with a 5Mp autofocus camera, music player with 3.5mm headphone socket, plus a built-in GPS receiver and support for HSDPA, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
To see how previous HTC smartphones have done in our lab tests read our mobile phone reviews page.
HTC’s second new Android smartphone is the HTC Desire (previously known as the HTC Bravo). This model is almost identically to the Nexus One except that it uses HTCs Sense interface and has an optical trackpad instead of a trackball.
The Desire has the same large 3.7 inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen as the Nexus One, and its powered by the same 1GHz Snapdragon processor.
Like the HTC Legend, the HTC Desire comes with a 5Mp autofocus camera, music player with 3.5mm headphone socket, plus a built-in GPS receiver and support for HSDPA, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
HTC HD Mini
The last of the trio is the HD Mini, a smaller version of the popular, Windows-powered HD2.
Although not as tiny as the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini, it’s still a small device for a smartphone. It comes with a 3.2 inch touchscreen, a 5Mp autofocus camera, the usual music player and FM radio, plus Wi-Fi and HSDPA (3.5G) connectivity
Price and network availability for the three phones has not yet been confirmed but we expect to see them in the shops in March/April.
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