Back in Feburary when HTC unveiled the One, it stated that the handset will be available with two storage options – 32GB and 64GB. Considering that the One does not have a microSD card slot, a 64GB variant will definitely be appreciated by power users and the general consumers alike.
However, it looks like AT&T might have managed to nab the 64GB variant of the One as exclusive in the United States. In a video uploaded on their YouTube account, the carrier highlights twice that the 64GB One is going to be an exclusive on their network. HTC has not yet confirmed this news, but considering that the video has not yet been pulled, the news does seem to be true.
So, this means that Sprint and T-Mobile will be getting the 32GB variant of the handset in the United States. While 32GB of space should be more than enough for majority of the consumers, there will still be a few people for whom the lack of a 64GB option might turn out to be a deal-breaker.
Along with the HTC One X+, HTC announced a new mid-range phone for the AT&T network, the One VX. The VX is an interesting handset packing a 4.5-inch Super LCD2 with qHD (960×640) resolution, 1GB of RAM, and Qualcomm S4 Plus MSM8930 SoC clocked at 1.2GHz and coupled with Adreno 305 GPU.
Other specs of the One VX include 8GB of internal memory, a microSD card slot, a 1810mAh battery, a 5MP BSI snapper at the back with F/2.0 aided by an LED flash, a front-facing VGA camera and the usual bunch of connectivity features and sensors.
The HTC One VX will be available exclusively on AT&T’s network in the United States, and will launch with Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich on-board. The press release from HTC does not mention anything about the pricing or the availability of the handset except that it should be available “in the coming months”. Since the One VX is a mid-range handset, it should not cost more than $49 or $99 on a two-year contract with AT&T.
The HTC Desire HD has not yet been released in all parts of the world but that has not stopped HTC from releasing a software update for the phone. The HTC Desire HD is the European version of the EVO 4G. The handset sports a massive 4.3-inch LCD with a resolution of 800×480. The phone is powered by a Qualcomm 1GHz QSD8255 Snapdragon processor while the Adreno 205 core handles the graphics department.
The phone also packs 768MB of RAM and 1.5Gig of internal memory. The Desire HD runs on Android 2.2 with an updated version of Sense UI. The software update is numbered 1.32.405.3 and is quite a hefty OTA (Over-The-Air) update. According to BriefMobile, the update includes screen control and photo message compatibility enhancements.
If anyone of you Desire HD owners have got the update, do drop in a comment as to what changes you have noticed.
Remember the HTC Aria? The handset was an AT&T exclusive until now. Today, HTC announced the European version of the Aria the HTC Gratia. The Gratia has a 3.2-inch screen with a HVGA (320×480) resolution. The phone will be powered by a 600 MHz processor from Qualcomm and will pack 384MB of RAM along with 512MB of ROM. The back of the phone sports a 5MP camera with auto-focus.
“HTC’s mantra is to provide a unique mix of experience and choice to people using our phones,” said Florian Seiche, President of HTC Europe, Middle East and Africa. “HTC Gratia offers something completely different. Its compact size, beautiful design and power with Android 2.2, combined with its personalised experience through HTC Sense, is uniquely compelling. We can’t wait to bring HTC Gratia to our customers in Europe.”
The phone also features the usual Wi-Fi b/g, Bluetooth, a 3.5mm jack, microSD card slot, microUSB port, an accelerometer, GPS with A-GPS and a digital compass. The Gratia will be running on Android 2.2 with the HTC Sense UI on top of it. The device will be available in some wacky colors like Forest Green and Pristine White etcetera.
The handset will hit the major European markets by November 2010.
When Windows Phone 7 was announced, Microsoft had stated that the new OS wouldn’t support any custom UIs, just what Google intends to achieve with Android 3.0 Gingerbread. By doing this, Microsoft hoped to provide users with a consistent user experience and also allow fast OS updates across all manufacturers.
However, a few weeks back, we saw videos of the HTC Sense UI on Windows Phone 7. The Sense UI was expected to be launched with the first crop of WP7 devices by HTC.
Now again, the fate of Sense on WP7 seems uncertain. Peter Chou, HTC CEO mentioned in an interview that HTC will not offer the Sense UI on its first batch of WP7 phones. Eventually though, they do expect to bring a different Sense based UX to their Windows Phone 7 devices.
“Initially, we don’t have time to bring things on top of that. But over time we will innovate on top of that to provide some HTC experience.”
“I don’t think we would do complete Sense UI on Windows Phone 7. However, I will say that we will innovate differently to improve the experience and to get some HTC unique and differentiated experience on Windows Phone 7 in the future.”
On September 15th, HTC announced the Desire HD and the Desire Z. The HTC Desire HD is the worldwide version of the popular HTC EVO 4G with updated hardware. The HTC Desire HD features a 4.3-inch S-LCD screen, 768MB of RAM, 8MP camera with dual-LED flash and a Qualcomm 8255 processor running at 1GHz with Adreno 205 GPU. The phone also features an updated version of HTC Sense.
Now, HTC has released a video on their official YouTube channel which gives us a closer look to the HTC Desire HD. The video is 7 minutes 35 seconds long and gives a brief overview of the various features of the device including Offline Maps, HTC Sense and 720p video recording etcetera.
The production quality of the video is just top notch and so is the device. After watching the video, I am pretty inclined on buying the Desire HD. Kudos to HTC for making such an awesome video!
Along with the Desire HD, HTC also announced the European version of the T-Mobile G2. The Desire Z sports a pop-outQWERTY keyboard with the top row of keys allowing quick access to Google services. The handset makes use of the new “Z-hinge” design. The Z sports a 3.7-inch screen S-LCD screen with a resolution of 480×800. The phone is powered by a Qualcomm MSM7273 processor running at 800 MHz.
The device has 512 MB of RAM and 1.5 GB of internal memory. The back of the phone sports a 5MP camera with dual-LED flash. The handset is also capable of recording videos in 720p HD format. The phone also sports the usual Wi-Fi n, 3G with HSPA+ and GPS with A-GPS. Like the Desire HD, the Desire Z will also come with the enhanced version of HTC Sense UI and access to HTCSense.com services.
The Desire Z will be powered by a 1300mAh battery. The device will be running on Android 2.2 when released and is expected to hit Europe and Asia in October.
Officially, HTC still has not specified a date when the HTC Desire will be getting the Froyo update. Unofficially though, the Desire already has a custom ROM based on Froyo. A person with the username udk over at XDA forums has posted a video of Froyo running on the Desire. Along with Froyo, this custom ROM also brings 720p video recording to the Desire.
Here is a 720p video recorded from the HTC Desire –
No release date of the ROM has been specified, but hopefully it should be up for download in just a few days. Currently, a beta version (v0.3) of the ROM is up for download. The main advantage of a popular Android phone is that that many new features are added to it thanks to Custom ROMs from Modder.
In all probability, this custom ROM will be released by udk before the official Froyo update from HTC arrives.