HTC un­veils Mango and more

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - TECHNOLOGY -

HTC Corp has un­veiled its first smart­phone that runs on Win­dows Phone 7.5, also co­de­named Mango, in Sin­ga­pore.

Called the Radar, the sleek smart­phone is just 10.9mm thick and weighs 137g. It is pow­ered by a 1GHz pro­ces­sor, and has a 3.8in touch­screen and 8GB of in­ter­nal stor­age.

The Radar fea­tures a 5-megapixel cam­era with a ded­i­cated but­ton to cap­ture im­ages eas­ily.

The cam­era also has an LED flash, f/ 2.2 aper­ture lens and back-il­lu­mi­nated sen­sor for cap­tur­ing im­ages in low-light con­di­tions.

It also has a mode that can com­bine up to five im­ages into a sin­gle panorama-like shot.

A photo en­hancer app also al­lows users to quickly touch up pic­tures and up­load them to Face­book.

The cam­era is also ca­pa­ble of record­ing 720p HD videos.

Users will also be able to watch movies on the go with the Radar. Its Watch ap­pli­ca­tion will al­low users to buy movies start­ing next year.

The Radar sup­ports the Dig­i­tal Liv­ing Net­work Al­liance pro­to­col for wire­lessly stream­ing me­dia from the phone to a com­pat­i­ble HDTV or com­puter.

Radar will be avail­able some­time this month and re­tail for RM1,399.

At the launch in Sin­ga­pore, HTC also un­veiled the Rhyme and Sen­sa­tion XE with Beats Au­dio. The Rhyme, which is pow­ered by a 1GHz pro­ces­sor, runs on Android 2.3 with the Sense user in­ter­face. It comes with 3.7in touch­screen and 5-megapixel cam­era.

The Rhyme comes with a num­ber of cool ac­ces­sories like a dock­ing sta­tion and Charm.

The dock­ing sta­tion recharges the phone and turns the phone into an alarm clock as well as mu­sic cen­tre so you can wake to your favourite songs played from the built-in speak­ers.

The Charm is a small light-emit­ting cube that is meant to dis­cretely alert the user to in­com­ing calls and mes­sages.

It’s par­tic­u­larly handy for ladies be­cause it at­taches to the phone via a cord which can be left dan­gling from a hand­bag.

The Rhyme also comes with other op­tional ac­ces­sories such as a sports arm­band, and Blue­tooth head­set.

The Sen­sa­tion XE, on the other hand, is the first smart­phone to of­fer a Beats Au­dio ex­pe­ri­ence as will come with a cus­tom made Beats ear­phones

HTC said the Beats Au­dio ex­pe­ri­ence is a com­bi­na­tion of soft­ware and hard­ware that al­lows the users to hear mu­sic the way the artiste in­tended.

The Android 2.3 smart­phone is pow­ered by a 1.5GHz dual-core pro­ces­sor, and has a 4.3in touch­screen and 8-megapixel cam­era that records HD videos (1080p).

The Rhyme and Sen­sa­tion XE are ex­pected to re­tail for RM1,699 and RM1,999 when they be­come avail­able some­time this month.

HTC also un­veiled two phones that will be avail­able next month — the Ex­plorer and Sen­sa­tion XL with Beats Au­dio smart­phones.

The Ex­plorer is de­signed for first­time smart­phone users. It comes with a 3.2in touch­screen and 3-megapixel cam­era.

It has a 600MHz pro­ces­sor and runs on Android 2.3 OS with the Sense user in­ter­face.

The Sen­sa­tion XL comes with a huge 4.7in touch­screen, 8-megapixel cam­era, 1.5GHz pro­ces­sor and Beats head­sets.

The prices for both phone has yet to be an­nounced. ++++

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