Today HTC announces 3 new phones to its pool of Android and Windows Mobile phones. The trio represents some of the first devices that really showcase the efforts of San Francisco-based design firm One & Co since it was acquired by HTC back in December 2008.
The first is HTC Desire. This phone was previously the rumoured HTC Bravo. Basically the HTC Desire is the Nexus One with a custom interface HTC Sense. It has the same specs as NexusOne including a 3.7″ AMOLED multitouch screen, 1GHz snapdragon processor, Android 2.1 running. Something that differ is the optical joystick that replaces the trackball that replaces the trackball.
HTC Legend is an upgraded HTC Hero designed by One & Co. It goes for a softer and smoother design. The processor is improved and the display upgraded to 3.2 HVGA AMOLED. It also has the HTC Sense enhancements including a Friend stream which provides all your social networking information at one place. Though similar to Motoblur, the difference is that it is not server based.
The third device announced is the HTC HD Mini which is a WM6.5.3 device, a smaller version of the HD2. It is of the size of the HTC Touch with a unique design. On the back, you can see the four screws that are holding the entire phone together.
It has a 3.2″ HVGA capacitive touch screen and comes with a 600MHz processor, other features include WiFi, 3G and HTC Sense.
Pricing and availability
The HTC Desire is expected to be widely available in Europe and Asia in Q2, and will be available in Australia exclusively through Telstra. Meanwhile, the HTC Legend will be available in Europe through Vodafone starting in April and will then roll out to other markets, including Asia in early Q2. The HTC HD Mini will ship in Europe and Asia in April.
Pricing was not revealed at this time and neither was North American availability. Actually, all three devices only support the 900/2100MHz 3G bands, so it looks like we’re going to have to wait our turn.