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HTC Desire: Nexus One with Flash and Sense

HTC Desire: Nexus One with Flash and Sense

Adding another handset to its ever-growing array of quality smartphones, HTC today has followed the introduction of the HD Mini with the official unveiling of the HTC Desire.

Previously regarded as the Bravo or Passion (its alternative codename is the Bravo), the device is made in the spitting image of the Nexus One at a hardware level. With a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon, 576MB RAM, 512MB ROM and the same 3.7″/480×800 AMOLED display, the similarities are uncanny.

The two devices depart, however, on the subject of cursor control: The Desire has dropped the trackball in favor of an optical trackpad. The Desire also breaks rank when it comes to software, as the handset features Adobe Flash 10.1, and has declined Google Experience status in favor of a brand new version of the Sense UI.

Other specs include:

  • Android 2.1;
  • 5MP camera;
  • 1400mAh battery;
  • Bluetooth 2.1+EDR;
  • FM radio;
  • GPS and A-GPS;
  • 802.11b/g WiFi;
  • 3.5mm” stereo jack and MicroUSB;
  • MicroSD support up to 32GB;
  • and dimensions of 2.36″ x 4.7″ x .47″ (W x H x D).

HTC has announced broad availability on European and Asian carriers, as well as in Australia via Telstra. It is not known if the Desire is compatible with US GSM frequencies, or if an edition of the phone is being prepared for that purpose.

Comments

  1. Snarkasm
    Snarkasm THERE'S my new phone. I'll keep watching, since video showed a little sluggishness in some of the hands-ons I saw earlier today, but if it all improves, I'll be picking this bad boy up in a little while.
  2. Thrax
    Thrax I'm fairly sure the sluggishness should be out the door by the time the device launches. All the HTC phones announced today use a new version of Sense, which means it's likely that there's additional optimization to be done, yet.
  3. Snarkasm
    Snarkasm That's what they're saying. The Legend was supposedly running a more recent build, and word from the floor said that was positively snappy, and with less powerful hardware. I'm excited. :)
  4. ardichoke
    ardichoke That phone is full of sexy. I love the idea of an optical trackball, provided it works well of course.
  5. ardichoke
    ardichoke Can't forget the other departure from the Nexus One, it lacks the 2nd mic and the active noise cancellation that it provides. Not a big deal for most people but the active noise cancellation on the N1 has been touted as making call quality amazing.
  6. AlexDeGruven
    AlexDeGruven This + CDMA + a Hardware Keyboard would be my new phone if it was available around December (Sprint Premiere FTW).
  7. Thrax
    Thrax
    This + CDMA + a Hardware Keyboard would be my new phone if it was available around December (Sprint Premiere FTW).

    HTC Supersonic (Sprint)
    HTC Incredible (Verizon Wireless)

    None of HTC's flagship phones in 2010 have QWERTY. Ditto for Motorola's.
  8. AlexDeGruven
    AlexDeGruven
    Thrax wrote:
    HTC Supersonic (Sprint)
    HTC Incredible (Verizon Wireless)

    None of HTC's flagship phones in 2010 have QWERTY. Ditto for Motorola's.

    To be fair, it doesn't necessarily have to be an HTC device. I'm perfectly happy with my Samsung Moment as it stands now. But after having a slide-out qwerty keyboard (not my first qwerty phone, but the best so far) with my Android, I don't particularly want to go keyboardless ever again.

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