HTC unveils two Desire smartphones

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Smartphone maker HTC unveiled two new Android-based phones, along with an updated version of its own user interface, HTC Sense, and a new online service called, to let users manage their phones from a computer.

The two phones are the HTC Desire, with a 4.3-inch display, and the powerful 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor; and the Desire Z, with a full slide-out QWERTY keyboard and a slightly less powerful Qualcomm chip. Both run Android 2.2, the Froyo version of the OS.

The Desire HD also has an 8 megapixel camera, which can record 720p HD video, and dual-LED flash. It supports Dolby Mobile with SRS virtual surround sound.

The HTC Desire and the HTC Desire Z smartphones
Two Android-based smartphones from HTC, the Desire, left, and the Desire Z, also include the service, which consumers can use to manage their phones from a PC.

The Desire Z is said to resemble the just-available T-Mobile G2 Androidsmartphone. It runs runs an 800MHz Qualcomm processor. Its 5 megapixel camera also records 720p HD video. One big difference is the flip-out QWERTY keyboard. The keyboard was designed for “for people with long fingernails and chubby thumbs,” according to a story by UK tech news Web site Electricpig, which was present at the announcement. Pricing was not announced.

Both phones can connect to, where users can locate a lost or stolen phone, sound the ringer, and remotely lock it. Through the Web site, users can add images, plug-ins and sounds to their phone.

The updated HTC Sense UI, which sits atop Android, includes a battery of new features, including a unified in-box. Maps can now be pre-cached, reducing the wait times in loading and zooming. Another addition is HTC Fast Boot, which cuts the time it takes to complete the phone’s power-up sequence to 10 seconds or less from about 45 seconds, according to reports.

The phones will be available in Europe and Asia starting next month. The Desire Z will ship in North America later this year, HTC said. See more details on HTC official site.

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HTC Corporation, formerly High Tech Computer Corporation, is a Taiwan-based manufacturer of smartphones. The company initially made smartphones based primarily on Microsoft’s Windows Mobile software, but in 2009 it began to shift its focus away from Windows Mobile devices, to devices based on the Android operating system.

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