Hands on: HTC Desire HD

We got our smudges all over the shiny new HTC Desire HD at HTC's massive launch event today. The next-gen successor to the Desire is a 1Ghz-packing, Android 2.2 touch-phone with serious media specs.


Look and feel
The last Desire was coated in rather retro, and let's face it, serviceable Teflon. Desire HD has taken a leaf out of the HTC Legend's style book and is crafted from sleek, cool aluminium. At 123x68x11.8cm, its girth is on par with the Windows-powered HD2 - i.e., big. The 4.3-inch WVGA touch-screen is capacitive with multi-touch and was fast and responsive, whether navigating or typing.


How it plays
HTC's new Sense UI looks the same at first glance, with seven customisable homescreens and in the display models, that clock/weather widget front and center. The goods are in the widgets and extra email and maps features though. Like Apple's iPhone 4, the Desire HD comes with an ebooks widget where you can access your digital titles. There's also a new Locations app that will use your GPS signal to give you the nearest points of interest to you - shopping, restaurants and so on. Check out our HTC Sense story for the full details on the new email and maps.


Camera features
We also got a chance to play with the eight-meg snapper, the best camera on any HTC phone yet. Coolest of all was the several photo effects that let you play around with each photo before you even hit the shutter. So you can try on black/white, sepia, vignette and more effects to see how it looks before you snap.


Under the hood
Keeping the 1Ghz processor humming is 768 of RAM, with 1.5GB of onboard storage to keep your HD movies and music. You can expand that in a microSD slot. HSDPA and Wi-Fi for speedy interenet is a given, as is the 3.5mm audio jack. The eight-megapixel camera also records 720p video, though we didn't get a chance to test that out.


The Desire HD launches on Three, Vodafone, Orange, Virgin Media and T-Mobile in October. Keep an eye out for our full review!

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