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MWC 2010: HTC Launches Small Form Factor HD2

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MWC 2010: HTC Launches Small Form Factor HD2

Despite the Legend and Desire spelling out HTC's obvious love affair with Android, the company hasn't forgotten Windows Mobile.

The ambitious manufacturer has also shown off a surprise in the shape of the 'HD Mini' which, as the name implies, is a smaller version of the monstrous HD2 and the company's key message is: it matches the features of its bigger brother in every way. Well, not quite.

One clear differentiator is the loss of that gorgeous 4in display, but HTC has installed the same beautiful AMOLED, capacitive 3.2in 480 x 320 pixel panel as used in the Legend and like the HD2 it supports multi-touch. The other, less obvious, alternation is another feature the HD Mini shares with the Legend: it's 600MHz CPU, down from the HD2's 1GHz Snapdragon.

That said, otherwise HTC is true to its word. You'll get the same 5MP camera (sadly, like the HD2, without flash), HSDPA/HSUPA and WiFi which can be thrown out MiFi-style like a wireless router, GPS, FM tuner, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, etc etc. In fact, the HD Mini also has an advantage over the HD2 since it ships with Windows Mobile 6.5.3 so there's an upgraded Sense UI here plus the carryover of 'Manner Mode' - a clever feature which turns the ringer down once you pick the phone up in your hand.

Caveats? Well, 6.5.3 or not it is still Windows Mobile and the exciting Windows Phone 7 Series is unfortunately a long way away. That said, like the HD2, it is the best Windows Mobile smartphone we've seen and if its predecessor's size was the one thing which stopped you taking the plunge, the HD Mini won't let you down.

xenos

February 16, 2010, 6:04 pm

Wow they aren't even updating the HD2 to WM 6.5.3? No chance of me buying it if they have stopped updating it already!

shinken

February 16, 2010, 6:13 pm

looks cute - note the HD2 has a duel LED flash.

Helmore

February 16, 2010, 6:54 pm

@xenos - The HD2 might actually get Windows Phone 7 Series once it hits, but that's all rumours for now though.

apoc286

February 17, 2010, 2:07 pm

The HD2 DOES have a flash a rather useful dual LED one in fact.


(which doubles up as a torch with the right apps and is great for blinding 'flashless' iPhone users)

DrDark

February 18, 2010, 11:04 pm

Was gonna say - pretty sure the HD2 had LED flash *checks* yep, even the prototype did.


The 600MHz processor should do just fine. I haven't seen an advantage to using Snapdragon anyway, not to the general user.


Oh, and Xenos, 6.5.3 was only launched a couple of weeks ago http://www.trustedreviews.com/... , and since the HD2 uses HTC's customised Sense UI, I can see it taking a bit to update. However, I'm pretty sure it will get it.





I highly doubt it'd get WP7, but since I'd like to hold on to the wishful thinking that my N900 might get MeeGo, I won't fully disregard the rumour...





Anyway, isn't an "HD Mini" kind of ruining the point? :P

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