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Touch HD Release Date Revealed

Gordon Kelly


Touch HD Release Date Revealed

While the iPhone 3G, BlackBerry Storm and Android based T-Mobile G1 have attracted the most consumer attention sneaking up quietly on the rails is the HTC Touch HD and now we know when you'll be able to get your hands on one...

6 November has been confirmed as the official UK launch date which means the G1 and Touch HD will be launched within a week of one another sending customers into a pre-Chrimbo buying / upgrading frenzy. In fact, I wouldn't be at all surprised if the Storm appears around the same time to truly boggle our minds.

Back to the Touch HD however and contract and pricing details currently remain unknown, but a quick peek at HTC's site reveals UK networks for the handset - at least initially - are perennial fans Orange and Vodafone.

As for the draw of the handset itself, while Windows Mobile won't be to anyone's everyone's taste, it's hard not to be enticed the 3.8in 480 x 800 pixel display, 7.2Mbit HSDPA connectivity, GPS with integrated Google Maps, 5MP camera, microSD expandability and standard 3.5mm headphone jack. Oh if only Android were on it...

Tempering that, the 146.4g weight is rather a lot even if its 115 x 62.8 x 12mm dimensions are promising. From free on £35pm contracts? Maybe, but expect them to be at least 18 months long.

Are we in the best smartphone spell ever? Easily, and the really cool part is this is just the beginning...


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October 17, 2008, 5:24 am

I suppose O2 won't be launching this any time soon because it would eat in to iphone sales...and if only it was Symbian or Android. Shame, looks tasty. Dilemmas, dilemmas...


October 17, 2008, 12:02 pm

as users we should have the opportunity to load whichever os we want on these things. maybe sell it for a cheaper price with android or symbian on it?


October 17, 2008, 12:38 pm

well, back with the TyTN 1, when Windows Mobile 6 was released, HTC provided the upgrade to the then WiMo5 TyTN for free - so there is the possibility down the line that HTC will release an official Android ROM for the Touch HD...


October 17, 2008, 2:09 pm

Considering that the Touch Pro is yet to be available on contract with major networks, I don't hold out too much hope that the HD will be available before the year is out. Paying &#163499-599 for a sim-free version isn't really feasible for the average consumer, either.

Tony Young

October 17, 2008, 3:52 pm

Have you actually USED Symbian?

I still have (somewhere) a Sony Ericsson P990 which was so slow I'm still waiting for the last SMS to be delivered!

I'm currently very happy with a Touch Dual (6.1 and all, working well with our 2003 Server) and I will be first in line to upgrade to the HD in January when (hopefully) it will be free on my business contract.


October 17, 2008, 6:13 pm

I love Symbian! Everything just seems to work, I prefer it to the iphone OS. The s60 3rd gen is a great OS, if a bit complicated and convoluted at times. It has lots of advanced features and functions and great free 3rd party support. Having said that, I understand why some people may not feel the same way.

WiMo on the other hand is a shockingly poor OS, no matter what GUI you stick on top! The only reason WiMo phones come with a stylus is to hit the reset button every 5 minutes! :)


October 17, 2008, 6:18 pm

Looks like the Touch HD is going head to head with the Xperia X1 for the title of best Windows Mobile.

I would much rather see HD + Android vs iPhone though!


October 20, 2008, 1:19 am

Uncle Stevie says bring it

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