HTC launches Desire HD and Desire Z

We've been rumouring about a new HTC superphone for some time, and we feel mighty vindicated with the launch of two big, beefy Android 2.2 phones - the Desire HD and Desire Z.


At today's massive HTC launch in Old Billingsgate Market, we heard about these next-gen successors to the 1Ghz-packing Desire launched earlier this year. Both will run on Android 2.2 and feature HTC's brand-new HTC Sense interface. The design has been revamped and now takes on the sleek aluminium aesthetic of the HTC Legend (no unibody though). The result? Super sexy techiness.


The Desire HD is a 4.3-inch touch-screen phone with serious media specs - eight megapixel camera with dual LED flash and Dolby Surround Sound. The video can record HD video at 720p, and playback in HD.


The Desire Z features a streamlined four-line QWERTY that slides out on a "Z hinge" - which slides the keyboard up and lets you rest your fingers as your type. There are also some programmable keys to customise with shortcut keys - whether it's calling a person or launching an app.  There are also some good shortcuts like hitting 'R' to reply (like on, say MS Outlook). HTC has innovated on the hardware keyboard. 


Both phones will launch in October. The Desire HD will launch on all networks except O2 (for now), while the Desire Z is a Vodafone exclusive. No prices have been confirmed, but the tariffs will not exceed £35/month. We'll have the hands-on report for you later today.

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