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HTC Desire HD (Ace) Specs Leaked


HTC Desire HD (Ace) Specs Leaked

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The HTC Desire still stands out as the best Android-based handset on the market. It's style, build quality, features, and usability simply haven't been matched since its release three months ago. Not a company to stand still, though, HTC is busy working on the Desire's successor and we may just have had a sneak peak at what we can expect.

Recently leaked on the SuperETrader blog, the specs break down as follows:

  • 4.3 inch WVGA Touch Screen

  • 8 Mega Pixel Camera

  • 1 GHZ Qualcomm Processor

  • Android 2.2 OS

  • HD 720p Video Capture

  • Xvid Video Playback

  • SRS Surround Sound

  • Automatic Face Tracking

  • Adobe Flash 10 Support

  • 4GB Internal Memory (up to 32GB)

  • E-book Reader Feature

  • Uni-Body Aluminium Design

It all sounds pretty exciting but the big news is of course the increase to a whopping 4.3in screen and the uni-body aluminium chassis. Frankly, we're not happy to hear it's going to have such a large screen. Unless the company can perform miracles and fit it in a chassis no bigger than the Desire then it's likely to be a bit too big for most people.

We're more positive about the aluminium design, though. We loved its use on the HTC Legend, and in fact at the time we wished HTC had used the same tech on the Desire - it looks like we got our wish.

Also intriguing is the e-book reader feature. While we suspect it's simply that you'll be able to buy e-books through the Android Market, it'll be interesting to see if there's some actual technology innovations to accompany it.

This new phone is expected to arrive in October with the name of either Desire HD or Ace. What do you think? Is there anything missing that you'd like to have seen, does the screen size concern you, or does it sound just about perfect? Let us know in the comments.




July 16, 2010, 2:04 pm

might just be able to live with that screen if there doesnt appear to be any wasted bezel


July 16, 2010, 2:06 pm

@does the screen size concern you

Well if they make the screen go from edge to edge, then no.

eg, the Iphone4 is over 4.5 inch diagonal.

And maybe the earpiece could be placed behind the screen etc.

But yeah, hopefully the extra screen estate won't come at the expense of the phone getting larger, fingers crossed.


July 16, 2010, 2:16 pm

@BloodyMary I agree with you. For me the current 'Desire' is near the sweet spot for maximum size I'm comfortable with. 125mm x 62mm x 12.5mm is my max. Can this screen size fit into those specs?! Else I'd feel like I'm holding an iPad to my face when calling.

Hope also that it's easy to upgrade the OS through FOTA updates as soon as Google put out improvements to Android, instead of having to wait months while HTC make it all pretty and proprietary.


July 16, 2010, 2:25 pm

I do like the sound of the new phone, however specs don't make a great phone, as hopefully, people are beginning to realise!

My only concern for HTC and others is that they seem to come out with 'the successor' every few months. If you've just forked out a few hundred quid, or signed up to a lengthy contract, then your handset will be yesterdays news as soon as you get it.

At least with Apple, you get a decent life cycle (12 months), however condescending Mr Jobs treats his customers!

I know the technology sector moves quickly, but I do think that some slowdown will do the industry a favour and would certainly help the customers in knowing they have the best they can get, for at least a year!


July 16, 2010, 2:29 pm

This sounds like the phone I've been waiting for! I hope they bump up the clock-speed on a CPU a little too. 1.3-1.5Ghz would be nice :)


July 16, 2010, 2:39 pm

For me the question is whether it has a PenTile screen like the Nexus One and Desire. I have the Nexus One and I would not buy another phone with a PenTile screen as it makes text blurry in an unpleasant way.

Sam Wright

July 16, 2010, 3:04 pm

@devguy I hope not, my desire has about a 24h battery life with medium use. If they cranked up the cpu it might as well be wired to my laptop!


July 16, 2010, 3:06 pm

would WVGA at 4.3" size qualify as a "retina" display as per Apple, or would it fall just outside due to the larger screen size?


July 16, 2010, 3:12 pm

This doesn't really strike me as a 'successor' to the Desire, more like an HD2 or an Evo with metal construction and Incredible internals. Surely it will have to incorporate some kind of bezel, if only to allow for buttons, trackball, earpiece and something to mount the screen on? The bezel on the Evo is already pretty thin:



July 16, 2010, 3:32 pm

Add a physical Keyboard please.


July 16, 2010, 3:55 pm

Bumping the screen size from 3.7" to 4.3" without increasing the resolution does little for me, although admittedly it might benefit those who don't have great eyesight. Also the internal memory isn't particularly relevant with the advent of 2.2. So that leaves the unibody enclosure, which I have to admit sounds nice, but I'd rather not have my phone encased in a Faraday cage.


July 16, 2010, 3:57 pm

@mobies: You want a 4.3in screen *and* a physical keyboard? How big are your pockets? Or do you carry a man-bag? :)


July 16, 2010, 4:07 pm

I checked out the Samsung galaxy S in the store yesterday and I found even a 4 inch display to large for my #

Apparently) small girlish hands. If you are nicknamed "The Shoveller" then maybe 4.3 inchs would be great. Like the unibody idea, I'm sure it will lead to a feeling of high quality. Don't like the snapdragon processor (its nearly a year old now, ie ancient ) and don't like how the memory caps out at 32gig. Hardly future proof. In saying that great to see more android handsets coming with a decent amount of built in memory. Why Google failed on that one with the nexus I will never know.


July 16, 2010, 4:10 pm

@Vectorious: WVGA as applied to the HD2 is 800x480, whereas the iPhone 4 is 960x640 - that's 60% larger. The iPhone 4 has both a higher resolution and a higher dot pitch, by some margin.


July 16, 2010, 4:25 pm

Hmmm the Desire is as big a Phone as I would want, its hard enough to operate one-handed as it is, make it bigger and you'd need two hands. I'll wait to see what it looks like before passing judgement though.

Denis iii

July 16, 2010, 4:29 pm

froyo 2.2 + sense optional so can upgrade as and when google releases updates

iain coghill

July 16, 2010, 5:13 pm

If HTC find some way to squeeze a bigger screen onto a Desire-sized phone, then presumably they could fit a Desire-size screen into a smaller phone. That would be where my £££s would go.


July 16, 2010, 5:21 pm

Quite disappointing really:

- 1Gz is last year speed. 1.3Ghz is the min, dualcore is better!

- 4.3" needs 720p resolution, otherwise there is not much point. Screen needs to be super Amoled or it's not readable outdoors (contrary to the iPhone 4).

- Froyo 2.2 when 3.0 will appear a couple of months later with HUGE improvements, especially interface wise, is a no go, especially given the amount of time HTC takes to release an update. Unless Sense is indeed optional (which they have never done), it's not a appealing option, as it means being stuck with the old interface for 6 months.

If HTC doesnt't get something out before, I'm ready to wait for the Samsung Galaxy S2, which is expected early 2011:

- Android 3.0 which includes support for

- 4.3" screen with 1280x720 resolution. Super Amoled means you can read it in daylight.

- 2Ghz proc (probably dualcore at 1Ghz)

- HDMI out

- Great video support

- Flash 10.1 etc...

IMHO, only this makes it worth having a bigger screen. Otherwise, the iPhone is a better proposition (better screen in a smaller package).


July 16, 2010, 5:24 pm

Forgot to say the Samsung Galaxy S2 is reported to have 32Gb internal, so with a 32Gb SDHC you get 64Gb total (expandable). That's what you need if you want to record HD Videos @ 720p.

Hans Gruber

July 16, 2010, 8:39 pm

Sexy sounding phone (slurp) provided battery life lasts and HTC get their updates out a helluva lot quicker than they have been. Still just an interim upgrade to better compete with the wonky iPhone4 perhaps and a little annoying if you've recently commited to a new Desire contract (ahem). How much does it cost though?


July 16, 2010, 8:52 pm

My major drawback with these phones is the storage. Its the main thing that irritates me with the iPhone - 32gb just isnt enough for me and my music. Im not too bothered from a photo/video perspective or for watching movies on the go or playing games. I just want to be able to cart about at least a quarter of my music rather than the piddly amount just now. Spotify helps to an extent but I prefer offline playlists to streaming when on the go.

Im due an upgrade in a year though so hopefully the issue will be well and truly sorted in 12 months.

Nick Pearce

July 17, 2010, 2:45 pm

To me the big issue would be battery life. A phone with these specs sounds awesome. I have a HD2 and the screen size is fine, i fact anything smaller than 4.3" seems 'small' now. But knowing the problems the Desire has had with battery life I think this is something that manufactorers need to tackle before we get to a stage where the phones are superior to laptops but cant last more than 12hrs of light use without charge.

FL Guy

July 18, 2010, 12:37 am

Can anyone confirm whether a front facing camera will be included on the Ace?

Martin Daler

July 18, 2010, 2:37 pm


On the nail - battery life! I love the idea of a decent screen size and all the latest tech goodness. But I'm still toting my HP iPaq 214 with me (plus a simple phone) because it has a decent screen size, and battery life is OK-ish, but then it's not pulling in 3G etc all day long. But I suppose my benchmark is based on the old Psion 5MX, about a month on a set of AAs, or even a regular phone like the Nokia 1100, about a week of normal use. Of course I know it's not a "fair" comparison, but this isn't about "fair". Phones have made huge advances in connectivity, processing power etc, but until we all throw our toys out of the pram over battery life then progress on that front will lag behind. And all the tech-goodness in the world is no use if it can't go the distance.

Laptops are statring to see progress on battery life, lets hope the same happens with phones.


August 20, 2010, 12:41 am

Plumped up HTC HD2 + Android. I have got my upgrade due and I am going for that. I have been using htc hero for 1 year and the best experience I have personally had with a mobile.

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