HTC unveils Mango and more
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. ++++ www.htc.com