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HTC at MWC: Legend, Desire, HD mini

HTC has launched a trio of new smartphones featuring its Sense user interface: two run Android 2.1 and the third is a Windows phone.
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HTC has launched three new smartphones at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The Android 2.1-based Legend (left) and Desire (centre) both feature a new enhanced version of HTC's Sense user interface. Among other enhancements, the new Sense UI includes a application and widget called HTC Friend Stream that aggregates services like Facebook, Twitter and Flickr into a single update flow.

The third new phone is a Windows Mobile 6.5 device called the HD mini (right). It's a compact version of the large-screen HTC HD2.

 

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HTC Legend

Operating system Android 2.1 with HTC Sense
Screen size 3.2in.
Screen type AMOLED capacitive touchscreen
Screen resolution 320 x 480
Keyboard/keypad on-screen only
Dimensions 56.3mm x 112mm x 11.5mm
Weight 126g
Connectivity GSM (850/900/1800/1900MHz), GPRS, HSPA
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g
Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
GPS yes
Main camera 5 megapixels
Front-facing camera no
CPU 600MHz
Memory 384MB RAM, 512MB ROM
Expansion slot microSD
Battery capacity 1300mAh
Standby/talk time 440h/490min
Availability April 2010

 

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The Legend, which is made from a single aluminium block, replaces the standard trackball with an optical joystick. Other features include an accelerometer, proximity and ambient light sensors, ringer volume lowering when the phone is picked up and ringer muting when it's face-down. The device recharges and connects to a PC via Micro-USB and the headset jack is a 3.5mm unit.

 

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HTC Desire

Operating system Android 2.1 with HTC Sense
Screen size 3.7in.
Screen type AMOLED capacitive touchscreen
Screen resolution 480 x 800
Keyboard/keypad on-screen only
Dimensions 60mm x 119mm x 11.9mm
Weight 135g
Connectivity GSM (850/900/1800/1900MHz), GPRS, HSPA
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g
Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
GPS yes
Main camera 5 megapixels
Front-facing camera no
CPU 1GHz
Memory 576MB RAM, 512MB ROM
Expansion slot microSD
Battery capacity 1400mAh
Standby/talk time 340h/400min
Availability early Q2 2010

 

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The Desire, which is powered by a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, also has an optical joystick. The fast CPU and large 3.7in. screen inevitably lower the battery life estimates compared to the Legend (despite a bigger 1,400mAh battery): talk time of 400 versus 490 minutes and standby of 340 versus 440 hours.

 

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HTC HD mini

Operating system Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional with HTC Sense
Screen size 3.2in.
Screen type Capacitive touchscreen
Screen resolution 320 x 480
Keyboard/keypad on-screen only
Dimensions 57.7mm x 103.8mm x 11.7mm
Weight 110g
Connectivity GSM (850/900/1800/1900MHz), GPRS, HSPA
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g
Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
GPS yes
Main camera 5 megapixels
Front-facing camera no
CPU 600MHz
Memory 384MB RAM, 512MB ROM
Expansion slot microSD
Battery capacity 1200mAh
Standby/talk time 340h/435min
Availability April 2010

 

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The Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional-based HD mini is a compact version of the 4.3in.-screen HD2. The 3.2in. HD mini lacks the AMOLED screen of its Android cousins, but supports tethering over Wi-Fi, which the Legend and Desire do not. When you remove the back cover, the bright yellow innards are 'an unexpected surprise' according to HTC.

 

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