HTC announces Titan and Radar WP7 devices

Unlike the leaked documents suggested, HTC's newest offerings were not called the Eternity and Omega. At a London event today, HTC officially took the wraps of what are officially known as the Titan and Radar. Boasting an impressive array of specs, the Titan looks to be HTC's new flagship phone, with the Radar satisfying the more budget-minded consumer. Neither phones have price tags yet, though HTC are promising an October release for both.

The Radar has definitely been designed with photo taking in mind. An f/2.2 28mm lens adorns the back, and those looking to get the perfect shot as quickly as possible will be pleased to see the appearance of a dedicated camera button. The Radar is also capable of burst photography, as well as panoramic stitching. Anyone used to taking photos of large scenes will be sure to appreciate a panorama stitcher built in, although there's always the possibility of Windows Phone developers one-upping HTC with more refined third-party apps.

What really stole the show was the HTC Titan. An audible gasp filled the room when unveiled, and rightly so. The phone is 9.9mm thick while also featuring a 4.7 inch screen. A dual LED flash makes photos appear crystal clear, which coupled with DLNA support and a large screen makes the phone a notable improvement for photo capture compared to its Radar brother.

Stay tuned for an exclusive hands-on with both devices.

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I was at the event. The radar looks cheap in white but the titan is great if you want something that big. I'll keep my omnia 7 until I see something with a better screen

I was at the event. The radar looks cheap in white but the titan is great if you want something that big. I'll keep my omnia 7 until I see something with a better screen

The Specs
The devices from HTC both have molded aluminum bodies, similar to HTC's Desire and Sensation smartphones.

HTC Titan smartphone with Windows Phone 7 Mango OSThe Titan is the higher-spec model of the two. It has a 1.5GHz processor and 16GB of embedded memory with 512MB of RAM. Its display is a 4.7-inch "super LCD" touchscreen with 480x800 WGVA resolution.

HTC Radar smartphone with Windows Phone 7 Mango OSThe Radar has a 1GHz processor with 8GB of internal memory and 512MB of RAM. It also has a super LCD screen of the same resolution but measuring 3.8 inches. Both phones support HSDPA (high-speed downlink packet access) for downloading, with speeds up to 14.4 Mbps. Upload speeds are up to 5.76 Mbps.

The Titan shoots photos at 8 megapixels, while the Radar's camera is 5 megapixels. Both cameras have a 28-millimeter wide-angle lens and shoot high-definition video.


TechieXP said,
The Specs
The devices from HTC both have molded aluminum bodies, similar to HTC's Desire and Sensation smartphones.

HTC Titan smartphone with Windows Phone 7 Mango OSThe Titan is the higher-spec model of the two. It has a 1.5GHz processor and 16GB of embedded memory with 512MB of RAM. Its display is a 4.7-inch "super LCD" touchscreen with 480x800 WGVA resolution.

HTC Radar smartphone with Windows Phone 7 Mango OSThe Radar has a 1GHz processor with 8GB of internal memory and 512MB of RAM. It also has a super LCD screen of the same resolution but measuring 3.8 inches. Both phones support HSDPA (high-speed downlink packet access) for downloading, with speeds up to 14.4 Mbps. Upload speeds are up to 5.76 Mbps.

The Titan shoots photos at 8 megapixels, while the Radar's camera is 5 megapixels. Both cameras have a 28-millimeter wide-angle lens and shoot high-definition video.

I'd still go for the Titan anyway, I won't go for a phone with a screen smaller than 4.0-inchs now.

OMG The HTC Titan looks kind of amazing. Waiting for more reports. Let's hope the hands-on is a rave too and, eventually, the price tag isn't earth shattering

Anyone used to taking photos of large scenes will be sure to appreciate a panorama stitcher built in, although there's always the possibility of Windows Phone developers one-upping HTC with more refined third-party apps.

Yup, Ztitch has been on the market for a pretty long time now, and it has an amazing ability to do panoramas. Sucks for HTC, I guess.
Why can't carriers just learn from this, though? Carriers are meant to carry the devices, and that's it. The apps are made by the developers. We don't need HTC's, Samsung's, AT&T's, or Verizon's ****ing apps on our shiny new Android-lag-free OS. I understand that they like to put that s*** on Android, but Windows Phone is actually a good OS. We're just going to uninstall those apps anyway and they'll all recieve one-star ratings in the Marketplace, so just give it up carriers and focus on making high-quality hardware that won't just be used for Android's slowness. If the hardware companies have to focus so much on making Android great while on the other hand, they can make crappy hardware for Windows Phone and it's still great, then I think they should've realized by now which OS to really focus on...

I think 4.7 is too big. I had an HD7 for a while (before switching to a Focus) and even 4.3 felt too big. IMO, if you can't hold the phone in a comfortable position and tap every point on the screen with your thumb then you're reducing the functionality of the phone by going bigger.

It was really noticeable in apps like the pre-mango IE. In mango all the controls are at the bottom, but in pre-mango there was the address bar at the top and extra functions (tabs, bookmarks) on the bottom. While holding my hand in a position where I could comfortably thumb type, my thumb wouldn't be able to reach the address bar, I would need to adjust my hand position. Then, after giving focus to the address bar, I would again have to reposition my hand to be in a proper position for typing.

The problem is further exacerbated by the capacitive buttons. With such a large screen you end up spending a lot of your time stretching your finger as far as you possibly can. This in turn forces your palm to encroach on the bezel and inevitably leads to unintended touches on the search key.

and those looking to get the perfect shot as quickly as possible will be pleased to see the appearance of a dedicated camera button.

As on all WP7 devices, since it's a requirement of the OS.

WP7 is limited to 480x800.. I walked by the presentation today and tried to get in.. got a 'nice try' with a smile from the doormen..;^)

paulheu said,
WP7 is limited to 480x800.. I walked by the presentation today and tried to get in.. got a 'nice try' with a smile from the doormen..;^)
Ypu are wrong. The minimum resolution has to be 800 x 480, it doesn't mean you can't have a higher resolution.

I hope the Titan comes to Verizon. But even if it doesn't, I will just pay cash for it and use it on WiFI. I want that phone no matter what.

TechieXP said,
Ypu are wrong. The minimum resolution has to be 800 x 480, it doesn't mean you can't have a higher resolution.

I hope the Titan comes to Verizon. But even if it doesn't, I will just pay cash for it and use it on WiFI. I want that phone no matter what.

He's not wrong - it is currently the only supported resolution as of yet.
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-u...rary/ff637514(v=VS.92).aspx

(There'd also be some slight design issues with higher resolutions unless they're in the exact same aspect ratio as the current screens).