HTC announces Desire HD

HTC today announced the Desire HD, a new version of the Desire which is very similar to the EVO.

The "Desire HD" offers a 4.3" screen, an 8 megapixel camera with dual flash, 768MB RAM, 1.5GB internal storage and a 1Ghz processor. The Desire HD also features Dolby Mobile -- a new sound technology for mobile phones -- and HSPA+ data with 802.11n WiFi. In addition to all this, the Desire HD is created out of a solid block of aluminum, similar to the Legend which was released earlier this year. All of these features run ontop of the Android 2.2 operating system.


The Desire HD features Super LCD technology, and comes preloaded with the new Sense experience. The updated Sense experience features all new apps, as well as updated ones, including Unified Inbox, HTC Maps, Facebook integration improvements, and cloud services similar to that of MobileMe for the iPhone.

HTC also claims to have improved device launch time, claiming that with the new sense experience the device will boot in just 10 seconds.

The Desire HD will be available sometime in October in Europe and Asia, and will cost around £500 at launch. HTC also announced the "Desire Z" today, a lower end phone that sports a four row keyboard.

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Hm... now it's this vs iPhone4! By a quick look, HTC Desire HD lacks a camera on the front for video convs which can be limiting for phones of this class

The screen is just something you have to get used to.

I got a HD2, 4.3 screen, and its pretty big. But let me tell you. Its gorgeous! The icons are beautiful, the resolution is pretty big, but not big so nothing fits, no everything fits great. I had a Nexus 1 @ 3.7 in screen with sense on it. And now I got sense on my HD2 running beautifully I might add, its 50xs better than the nexus 1. Serious.

Dont be offended by the size of the screen. It DOES fit in your pocket (women with tight pants it depends) fine. Trust me, the such big screen makes you feel like its a much better gadget.

PS. Take a look at the DELL STREAK. Freakn 5 in screen! Now THATS big lol.

Very nice but the screen is far too big, makes it impractical (for me personally). I'm still waiting for FroYo on my old Desire! I wounder if it will get that updated version of Sense UI or will that be exclusive to the Desire HD?

Xerxes said,
Very nice but the screen is far too big, makes it impractical (for me personally). I'm still waiting for FroYo on my old Desire! I wounder if it will get that updated version of Sense UI or will that be exclusive to the Desire HD?

Exclusive afaik

Looks like a beautiful phone. I definitely like the form factors Samsung and HTC are putting out over Motorolla as far as Android phones go.

A year to go until my Desire is due for an upgrade. So not much interest from me. Nice to see some progression though.

aw man, it looks like a much better version of my HD2, regardless of whether my HD2 is running android or not.

Give it to TELSTRA or TELUS and it will enter the states quickly

AT&T could get me back for this one. I know it won't be released here in the states but I would drop of my verizon phones for this. I miss SIM cards being able to pop it in on my phones when I wanted to play around. Right now I have multiple phones on CDMA but thanks to Google Voice it makes it easier to manage.

mrmomoman said,
Give it to TELSTRA or TELUS and it will enter the states quickly

AT&T could get me back for this one. I know it won't be released here in the states but I would drop of my verizon phones for this. I miss SIM cards being able to pop it in on my phones when I wanted to play around. Right now I have multiple phones on CDMA but thanks to Google Voice it makes it easier to manage.

Give it to Telstra? you mad!? They [Telstra] crippled the old Desire (not to mention it will take years before they release FroYo through official channels, if ever). If Telstra wants it badly, HTC should only let them have it under strict conditions they don't modify/cripple it. I am aware you can "root" the phone and "fix" it but seriously it's a little sad if you have to root the phone to make it work properly soon as you get it, it looks bad for HTC too.

I don't care much for the whole rooting/jailbreaking thing anyway, much prefer my device to work properly from day 1 out the box...not have to hack it to get functionality I should of already had! but that is just my opinion so take with a grain of salt.

Nice phone but no reason for me to upgrade from my Desire. The size of the Desire is just right, I fear this one is too big to put in my pockets. 8 megapixel is really nice but not a must and I couldn't care less about the boot time since I boot my device maybe once a month.

1,5gb internal memory of course is really interesting and the present Desire's only real weak point.

But I don't want to miss my AMOLED screen anymore, LCD is dead in the water for me.

sanke1 said,
Do not want.
Too big for pockets
It really doesn't look that bad actually. The smallish bezel seems to help

edit: Samsung Galaxy S (I9000) = 122.4 x 64.2 x 9.9 mm
HTC Desire = 119 x 60 x 11.9 mm
HTC Desire HD = 123 x 68 x 11.8 mm

aarste said,
How does a 4:3 screen get labelled as HD? Does it have a resolution equal to 720 in width, or more to deserve this "HD" name?

It's just a marketing name...
And don't forget, it can take and watch HD videos...

aarste said,
How does a 4:3 screen get labelled as HD? Does it have a resolution equal to 720 in width, or more to deserve this "HD" name?

Get used to it. Companies have been abusing the "HD" term for a while now.

edit: I think we both misread the article, it says 4.3" screen, not 4:3 (although from the pictures, it might be 4:3 anyway, hard to tell without more specs).

aarste said,
How does a 4:3 screen get labelled as HD? Does it have a resolution equal to 720 in width, or more to deserve this "HD" name?

It's most likely just like the Zune HD; it's capable of outputting 720, not playing it back onscreen, at least, not in that resolution.

Okay, maybe it's finally time to upgrade to a smart phone. I've been using **** phones for 10 years now and I swear I'm the only person I know who doesn't have some sort of smart phone. This beautiful device has convinced me to upgrade.

Now, let's hope there are some relatively decent contracts available in the UK!

Dazer said,
Okay, maybe it's finally time to upgrade to a smart phone. I've been using **** phones for 10 years now and I swear I'm the only person I know who doesn't have some sort of smart phone. This beautiful device has convinced me to upgrade.

Now, let's hope there are some relatively decent contracts available in the UK!


You're not alone. I'm still using a SonyEricsson K810i. But the cost of a smartphone vs the bells and whistles never seems to weigh in favour of the bells and whistles.

madkingsoup said,

You're not alone. I'm still using a SonyEricsson K810i. But the cost of a smartphone vs the bells and whistles never seems to weigh in favour of the bells and whistles.

That's what I've felt.. until recently. It's hard to be the only person not able to receive images or anything other than standard texts. I also don't own a GPS or anything and often find myself wishing I could look at a map on my bike.. Anyway, I think it's time now .

God damn. Why didn't they put that much internal memory in the original Desire?

Screen looks massive but personally noth bothered about that.

Also... Will these boot time enhancements be coming to the original Desire?

jbrooksuk said,
God damn. Why didn't they put that much internal memory in the original Desire?

Screen looks massive but personally noth bothered about that.

Also... Will these boot time enhancements be coming to the original Desire?


Do you really find yourself restarting your phone that often?

jbrooksuk said,
God damn. Why didn't they put that much internal memory in the original Desire?

Screen looks massive but personally noth bothered about that.

Also... Will these boot time enhancements be coming to the original Desire?

With those impressive (practically) sub-netbook specs , HTC would have to "go lean" on some aspect to keep the thing affordable!