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TMoNews has come across a number of photos of T-Mobile USA’s upcoming HTC HD2. The Windows Mobile 6.5-powered, 4.3″ multitouch superphone is all set to launch on March 24 for $199 on a 2-year contract or $449 unlocked. The device is up on T-Mobile’s site, listed as “coming soon.” Besides the T-Mobile branding, it’s pretty much the same phone as the HD2 that’s been out for several months in Europe and Asia, but T-Mobile’s spruced it up with an included 16GB MicroSD card, HTC eBook reader, Barnes & Noble eBook store, Blockbuster movie rental app, and pre-loaded copies of several games (such as The Prince of Persia HD, Ferrari GT Evolution, and Guitar Hero 5 Mobile) and the Transformers and Transformers 2 movies.
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It’s on! A few hours ago, Apple launched two lawsuits against Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC, alleging infringement on 20 Apple patents ranging from the early 90s to just a few weeks ago. The suits, filed with both the U.S. District Court and the International Trade Commission, focus mostly on software patents– an area of some controversy. You can see details of the patents at issue here– Apple has apparently filed over 700 pages of exhibits to the District Court, and based on the complexity of some of these patents, this might well take years to resolve.
HTC is the most prominent manufacturer of phones powered by Google’s Android OS. Is this the opening act of an Apple proxy war against Google? There certainly are some signs of it. More info after the break.
Update: Google just issued a short statement on the case:
“We are not a party to this lawsuit. However, we stand behind our Android operating system and the partners who have helped us to develop it.”
APC quotes Natasha Kwan, General Manager for Microsoft’s Mobile Communications Business, Asia-Pacific region, as saying that no current Windows Mobile-powered phones will be upgradable to the firm’s upcoming Windows Phone 7 Series OS. The shocking news is that not even HTC’s HD2 superphone, which meets almost all of the rumored “Chassis 1″ specs for WP7S, will see an official upgrade.
The HD2 has a 1GHz Qualcomm processor, capacitive multi-touch screen, 5 megapixel camera, and 3.5mm headphone jack, but it has five five buttons instead of the three (back, home, search) required by Windows Phone 7 Series. While the HD2 has back and home buttons, it lacks a dedicated search button.
“Because we have very specific requirements for Windows Phone 7 Series the current phones we have right now will not be upgradable”, Kwan said. APC reported that Tony Wilkinson, Business Operations Director for Microsoft Australia, said that “there are some hardware components that the HD doesn’t have.” This could just be referring to the same hardware buttons issue, however.
Looks like the HTC HD2 will support Windows Phone 7 Series after all. HTC’s flagship Windows Mobile phone meets all the hardware requirements for Windows Phone 7 Series (1 GHz Snapdragon CPU, capacitive multitouch screen, etc.) except the buttons (WP7 requires back, start, search, and camera keys– the HD2 is missing a search and camera key). WinMo.nl came across an HD2 running a test version of 7 Series and reports that it was very snappy- much faster than the phone is under Windows Mobile 6.5. The Zune media app apparently wasn’t working, but, interestingly, the phone seems to be running TomTom’s Navigator GPS software (see the icon in the start screen).
Update: We’re not so sure on this one. Some of the text labels are different from what we saw at the MWC unveiling, and Microsoft seemed to indicate that background wallpapers, as seen here, would probably not be allowed.
T-Mobile USA just posted a message on its official Twitter account indicating that the company will have “more to say” about the upcoming HTC HD2 smartphone next week. The phone will likely ship in March, loaded with Windows Mobile 6.5.3. What remains to be seen is whether T-Mobile or HTC will promise an upgrade to Windows Mobile 7, which is also launching next week, but we would definitely imagine so.
A leaked slide from T-Mobile USA has revealed March 24, 2010 as the launch date for the HTC HD2 in the U.S. No word on pricing yet.
The launch is late enough that we’d imagine T-Mobile would provide a Windows Mobile 7 upgrade by the end of the year, but let’s see.
Pocketnow has posted a web browsing comparison between HTC’s two most powerful smartphones, the Android-powered Nexus One and the Windows Mobile-powered HD2. Both run on Qualcomm’s 1 GHz Snapdragon processor and provide fast rendering, but the Nexus One was generally a few seconds faster all around. The Nexus One’s AMOLED display stood out with high contrast and vibrant colors, though the HD2′s screen is larger (4.3″ vs. 3.7″). The HD2 has some advantages, with much easier page zooming through multi-touch support (which the Nexus One oddly lacks, even though its hardware physically supports it) and Opera Mobile’s ability to reshape content to fit the screen.
Here are the first photos of T-Mobile’s upcoming exclusive (in the U.S.) Windows Mobile smartphone, the HTC HD2. Luckily, there don’t seem to be any major cosmetic changes from the international version besides the small T-Mobile logo at the top.
Steve Ballmer just confirmed in his CES keynote that HTC’s HD2 will indeed be coming to the US, as a T-Mobile exclusive. The 1 GHz Snapdragon-powered handset should arrive sometime in late February or early March, according to current information. Customized T-Mobile builds of Windows Mobile 6.5 for the HD2 have been floating around on the XDA-Developers forum, but now we have the first official confirmation of the phone’s stateside arrival. HTC followed up on Ballmer’s announcement with a press release, which we’ve printed below.
HTC’s upcoming new smartphone, the HD2, will be the first Windows Mobile device with a capacitive display. The large 4.3″ LCD features the now-common WVGA (800×480) resolution, but more significantly, includes multi-touch recognition. Windows Mobile cannot process more than one simultaneous screen input, so HTC has created its own software layer for this feature, similar to how it implemented the Zoom Bar and other controls in prior models like the Touch Pro 2, Touch Diamond 2, and others.
In the past, HTC’s software zoom functionality only worked in a few applications- Opera Mobile and HTC’s Album application, for instance. The HD2, however, seems to sport application-independent zoom functionality. It uses the screen buffer (an internally-stored image of what’s currently on screen) and enlarges it (via multiplying the pixels) to result in a zoom effect. While this results in poorer quality (it’s like using the “digital zoom” on a camera), it does enlarge on-screen interface elements– important for Windows Mobile, which still has lots of small controls in various places.
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