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HTC pushes out Sense-less Mango phones

A hands-on tour of HTC's two forthcomng additions to its Windows Phone 7 line-up: the HTC Radar and the HTC Titan, which has a mammoth 4.8-inch touchscreen display
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By Ben Woods, Senior reporter on
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HTC Titan and HTC Radar compared

HTC has introduced two smartphones, the Titan and the Radar, both of which run the Mango version of the Windows Phone 7 operating system.

The new devices were unveiled simultaneously in London and other European cities on Thursday evening. Both are expected to go on sale in the UK in mid-October.

"The new HTC Titan and Radar smartphones raise the bar with new advanced photography, multimedia and social capabilities that enable you to take full advantage of the latest Windows Phone innovations," Jason Mackenzie, president of global sales and marketing at HTC, said in a statement.

The handsets will be among the first to launch with the Mango build of the Windows Phone 7. The mobile OS, also known as Windows Phone 7.5, adds a unified inbox for accessing all messages in one place, updated native apps such as Bing and Internet Explorer 9, and Zune integration. It also provides multitasking support for third-party apps, and voice-to-text functionality for web searches and composing messages.

While HTC has tweaked some features, neither comes with its proprietary Sense user interface, which is typically found on Android-based HTC handsets.

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HTC Titan side

The Titan (pictured above) is the larger of the two devices and has the better specs. It will go up against flagship Android handsets such as the Samsung Galaxy S II or HTC Sensation, or even the recently announced tablet-phone hybrid, the 5.3-inch Samsung Galaxy Note. It will also have to contend with other recently launched non-Android smartphones from the likes of Nokia and Research In Motion.

Among the Titan's most notable features are a 4.7-inch touchscreen display, a 1.5GHz processor, HSPA and Wi-Fi connectivity, and 16GB of internal storage. Despite its large screen size, the handset is relatively slim at just 9.9mm thick, and it has a brushed aluminium shell.

It has a number of business-oriented features, such as Microsoft Office Mobile for editing documents on the go and linked email inboxes for managing multiple accounts. It also provides integration with Microsoft OneNote, which allows people to store notes in the cloud.

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HTC Titan camera

The Titan comes with aspirations of serious photography. It has an eight-megapixel camera on the rear, a dedicated shutter button, and the ability to capture 720p high-definition video. There is a 1.3-megapixel forward-facing camera for video calling.

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HTC Radar camera

The HTC Radar, the smaller of the two smartphones, has a focus on messaging and social networking. It offers the Windows People Hub, which shows recent communications, social network status updates and photos for contacts in one place, as well as Windows Live Messenger and Facebook chat support.

The Radar scales down from the Titan, with a screen size of 3.8 inches, a 1GHz processor and internal storage of just 8GB.

Many of the other features remain the same, such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and HSPA connectivity. The camera is five-megapixel rather than eight, but can still support 720p HD video capture.

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HTC Radar thickness

The Radar is also a little thicker than the Titan at 10.9mm, and it weighs 137g. However, it retains the dedicated hardware shutter key for camera operation on the side of the handset.

HTC did not give pricing or operator details for the smartphones.


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