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HTC Leo Turns Up On O2 As 'HTC HD2'

Gordon Kelly


HTC Leo Turns Up On O2 As 'HTC HD2'

If you're hankering after what is quite easily the best Windows Mobile handset made to date, then hanker no longer - the wait is almost over...

O2 literature has leaked showing the HTC Leo, now renamed the HTC HD2, in all its glorious detail. The ad enthuses about the "largest screen yet seen on a mobile" (4.3in to be precise, and also capacitive and multi-touch). On top of that, will be Windows Mobile 6.5 (soon to be known as 'Windows Phone') and a lightning quick 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset.

O2 also promotes the Leo/HD2 as a "true entertainment phone {where} you can play the latest Windows Mobile games or watch movies in glorious widescreen". Gotta love, the marketing rhetoric, widescreen movies sure but Windows Mobile - even in its 6.5 guise is hardly an entertainment powerhouse and the games have barely developed beyond space invaders, for now.

When will the Leo/HD2 arrive? O2 says mid October, but don't be surprised if you have to wait a week or too longer. Yes, I know I said to stop hankering, but you can control yourselves for that long... right?


via Engadget


October 1, 2009, 10:17 am

So what's the plan O2? Buy all the properties you happen to land on, on the Monopoly board, and hope everyone else is stuck with the utilities?


October 1, 2009, 12:16 pm

Looks like a good upgrade option to me - get rid of my iPhone (finally).

if only O2 could sort out their data network, it's terrible.


October 1, 2009, 2:10 pm

To be fair, I think any network would experience issues supporting the Jesus Phone.

Lets see what happens to Orange & Voda (by definition, VOice and DAta) next year...


October 1, 2009, 3:00 pm

@GoldenGuy- I think that is exactly what o2's business plan seems to be. Now that they no longer offer retention deals it is clearly a case of encouraging new customers by gaining exclusivity of the newest smartphones and then making money out of them for 18mths and then hoping that they don't leave come the end of the contract (but not offering them any inducement to say except "look we have the newest shiny smartphones").

I was hoping that Vodafone and Orange taking on the iphone and therefore taking customers away from o2 would relieve the pressure on o2's already creaky network but with this and the pre coming within a week of each other any benefit will be lost because of the customers drawn to use those phones.

That said, I think this phone looks amazing and being the sheep that I am (baa) i will probably get this when i am able to get a new phone to replace the misfiring Renoir i have at present.

Oliver Levett

October 1, 2009, 8:09 pm

Whilst the O2 stuff says it's the largest screen, anyone heard of the Athena? It had a 5" screen, and it could make calls..

Also, multitouch isn't. It's limited gesture support in a few HTC applications. Personally, this is no bad thing. Multi-touch is just a gimmick, with no real use.


October 1, 2009, 8:38 pm

Yep, you're right Mr. Tinkles. But speaking as a potential sheep, after not being one for 8 years and never owning an iPod, I have to say that while the iPhone has never tempted me, the iPod Touch often has. And although I don't see any real reason for flash storage to still be so expensive other than "because, um, it's better and we can", on relative terms, 300 quid for a fully functioning mobile computer with THAT App Store is starting to become an uncharacteristically reasonable and competitive prospect from Apple. But I'm still not interested in an iPhone contract.


October 1, 2009, 9:51 pm

@Oliver Levett - yep, I remember that though it was officially called as a UMPC at the time, not a smartphone. http://www.trustedreviews.com/...


October 2, 2009, 1:38 am

seems strange that if it's coming mid October, none of the usual suspects have it available for pre-order. There is the possible problem of what name to search for, but "Leo", "Touch Three" and "HD2" all turn up no results at Expansys or Play.com...


October 2, 2009, 8:49 pm

Looks like a better effort for winmo fans. Does anyone know if WM7 will just be an easy reflash on this device from 6.5? Otherwise, I don't see the point in buying this at all.


October 4, 2009, 1:13 am

WM7 isn't coming until the end of next year according to 3 sources on wikipedia so if this is pants then its time to look at the HTC Hero etc for me. Still got the trusty old P1i :-)


October 5, 2009, 12:50 pm

"Gotta love, the marketing rhetoric, widescreen movies sure but Windows Mobile - even in its 6.5 guise is hardly an entertainment powerhouse and the games have barely developed beyond space invaders, for now."

Come on, I know it is easy to hate on Windows Mobile, but quality games has existed for a pretty darn long time on the platform. Check out PDAMill, who has released quality 2D and 3D games for many years now. Just because there is no 'app' store does not make it any less true.

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