Archive for September, 2010
HTC’s new Windows Phone 7 handset, dubbed the HD7 (but labeled HD3 in these shots), has been outed in a Taiwanese forum. The successor to the Windows Mobile-powered HTC HD2 sports a very similar design and internals to its predecessor, with a large 4.3″ WVGA (800×480) touchscreen and the same 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD8250 CPU and MicroUSB and 3.5mm audio ports as earlier. The phone has 8GB of built-in storage (likely non-expandable), and the volume rocker has been moved to the right side.
The camera is the same 5 MP unit from the HD2, with 720p video recording and dual-LED flash, but the phone gains a dedicated camera button on the side. There’s now also a kickstand in the back, like the Android-powered HTC EVO 4G, but this time cleverly hidden in the camera bezel. There are grille slots at the top and bottom (whereas the HD2/EVO have just one at the top), suggesting the HD7 might be sporting stereo speakers. The HD2′s array of bottom buttons has been replaced by 3 capacitive touch keys (the standard Windows Phone 7 setup of back, start, and search).
Otherwise the phone looks very similar to the HD2– we were surprised to see that the processor, while still speedy today, has not been upgraded, and the phone lacks a Mini-HDMI output and front camera (for video chat), both of which the EVO 4G has. We suspect that’s because HTC simply went about upgrading the HD2 (we’ve seen the codename “HD2+” milling about carrier sheets) and didn’t bother with large chassis changes. This will be a GSM-only model and will hit T-Mobile USA this fall; AT&T may also get it at some point. No pricing or release date info yet.
The boys in Crewe wrote in this morning to tell us about their new Continental GT coupe. The second-generation model looks pretty similar to the eight-year-old original, but Bentley says it’s actually a ground-up redesign. The new car sports more aggressive styling up front, with bulging fenders; a taller, more upright grille; LED daytime running lights outside of the main headlights; and a smoother rear-end and fenders.
The C-GT’s 6.0L twin-turbo W12 engine has been massaged a bit, pushing output to 567 HP and 516 lb-ft of torque (a 4.0L V8 is also available, for those who care about gas mileage). The block’s mated to a speedier 6-speed Quickshift automatic that can do double downshifts, and power hits the road through a wider rear track. The car’s all-wheel-drive system is now biased 40/60 (front/rear). The new car has a slipperier drag coefficient of 0.33, though it’s still not that great– the Toyota Prius is at 0.26, and the current record-holder, Mercedes’ E-Class Coupe, is at 0.24. The zero-to-60 mph run takes 4.4 seconds, and the Volkswagen-owned carmaker says the new C-GT boasts a top speed of 198 mph.
Inside, the new model has increased legroom, a large new 8″ touchscreen with GPS navigation and Google Maps support, a sleeker dash design, and water bottle holders in the doors.
Oh, and the Continental GT is now flex-fuel (up to E85 ethanol) capable, for those wanting to run their Bentley on processed corn.
Full photo gallery and press release after the break.
Jalopnik just posted up a family tree of the global automotive industry, showing subsidiaries, joint ventures, and partnerships. A few corrections from our side- Mazda is listed twice (near Ford and Toyota), and Kia should be shown as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hyundai.
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