In pictures: HTC's new handset range
16th Feb 2010 | 10:58
HTC Legend, Desire and HD Mini showcased
This year's Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona is shaping up to be the best yet. But with a rather mute response to Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 Series announcement, it's taken another company to blow us away in the mobile phone stakes.
That company is HTC and below are some beautiful pictures of its latest handset range.
The HTC Legend is the Hero on steroids. Packing Android 2.1 and a new aluminium chassis, the device is already shaping up to being our must-have phone of 2010.
With new features like Helicopter mode – which allows you to see all eight home screens at one – the phone nails both functionality and cool.
The addition of an OLED screen (3.2-inch HVGA) adds some imaging sparkle to the device – and will be great for watching movies on.
There's a lot of linking going on in the HTC Legend. This includes the option of having all your social-networking feeds in one place. Like, you know, having all your friends in one room.
There's good reason why HTC is spitting superlatives at the moment. The aptly named HTC Desire boasts a massive 3.7-inch OLED screen and an ultra-powerful 1GHz Snapdragon chip from Qualcomm.
HTC's sense UI has also had an update, adding a more detailed calendar widget and tabbed emails which means better navigation. The weather widget still leaves a lot to be desired, however.
Facebook and Twitter integration will be welcomed by some who can't be bothered to check two social-networking feeds. There's also Exchange support, webmail and threaded text messaging.
The HTC Desire is a bit of a speed demon. Even when we tried the device over an EDGE connection, it was much faster than most phones in its field. Even websites with a stupid amount going on loaded up with ease.
HTC HD Mini
HTC HD Mini
The HTC HD Mini does prove that good things come in small packages. Offering up Windows Mobile 6.5.3, you don't even need to use a stylus any more. Woo hoo!
Screen size is a passable 3.2 inches with a HVGA resolution. Not the best we have ever seen but perfectly fine for the size of the device.
The chipset inside is a rather powerful 600MHz Qualcomm 7227 – making this the Mighty Mouse of the handset market. This means that there's a fair bit of power under the hood so website viewing and heavy social-network use should not be much of an issue.
A bit like Kate Moss, the HTC HD Mini has the style factor despite its diminutive size. On the chassis are four screws holding the thing together. In short, it's gone for an industrial look – possibly hoping that a revolution will come its way too.