Microsoft announced on Wednesday that its mobile operating system Windows Phone is now officially available in China. The company confirmed the launch on its Windows Phone blog on Wednesday. The first Windows Phone-powered handset to be released in the region is the HTC Eternity, known as the HTC Titan in the United States. It features a huge 4.7-inch display, a 1.5GHz single-core Snapdragon processor, an 8-megapixel wide-angle rear camera, a 1,600 mAh battery and a sleek unibody aluminum case. The Eternity will initially only be available unlocked. China is expected to surpass the U.S. this year to become the top smartphone market in the world by subscriber volume, and the total number of mobile subscribers in the country recently topped 1 billion. More →
BGR has learned from a trusted source that HTC is preparing to switch up the company’s strategy a bit in 2012. In order to focus getting quality products to market, we have heard that HTC’s release schedule is going to be shockingly quiet for most of the first quarter next year. HTC will also release fewer phones overall in 2012 compared to 2011, we’re told. We’ve also been given exclusive details surrounding several upcoming phones from the Taiwan-based vendor, including HTC’s first 4G Windows Phone for AT&T and its flagship Android handset for the first half of the year. Hit the break for more. More →
AT&T announced on Wednesday that it will launch the HTC Titan Windows Phone on November 20th for $199.99 on contract. The carrier touted the Titan as “the largest screen in our smartphone portfolio” alongside launch details in a post on its Facebook page. HTC’s Titan features Microsoft’s latest Windows Phone operating system, Mango, along with a massive 4.7-inch display, a 1.5GHz Snapdragon processor and a gorgeous unibody aluminum design. BGR reviewed the Titan last month, and we called it a class-leading handset in terms of hardware, though it was a bit too large for our taste. We very much enjoyed the snappy combination of Windows Phone 7.5 and Qualcomm’s 1.5GHz Snapdragon chipset, however, and the new 8-megapixel camera surprised us with images that can compete with the best camera phones on the market.
Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform is in a peculiar place right now. Those who use the year-old mobile operating system typically offer glowing accounts of their experiences, but adoption has been anything but brisk. Carriers aren’t pushing Windows Phones with any effort worth noting — in fact, retail staffers at U.S. carrier shops have been known to steer customers away from the platform according to various reports — and in the second quarter of 2011, Microsoft’s share of the mobile market may have hit an all-time low. Microsoft’s deal with Nokia finally bore fruit this week however, and the second wave of Windows Phones has begun trickling out into the market. Among the Windows Phone 7.5 “Mango” devices that have been announced to date, one in particular stands taller than the rest, both literally and figuratively. In this review, we take a look at the AT&T-bound HTC Titan to see if this phone is worthy of its titanic moniker.
We already ran a quick hands-on when HTC unveiled the Titan back in September, but now we’ve spent some time with a review unit and it’s time to revisit this beastly Windows Phone. If ever there was a handset that deserved its given name, it is this phone — the HTC Titan is nothing short of titanic. It’s large, it’s powerful and it’s about as solid as they come. The build materials include metal, hardened plastic that is anything but cheap-feeling, and of course a huge sheet of glass that covers the face of the phone. Windows Phone Mango is a smooth operator on first-generation Windows Phones, so you can imagine how quick it is with the Titan’s 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset running the show. The massive 4.7-inch display spreads the Titan’s 480 x 800-pixel resolution a bit wide, but the screen is nice and bright just like the HTC Arrive. Is this the Windows Phone we’ve been hoping for? You’ll have to wait for our full review to find out but in the meantime, be sure to check out our photo gallery below.
BGR exclusively reported that HTC would be introducing two Windows Phone 7 smartphones at the company’s European event today, codenamed the HTC Omega and HTC Eternity, and these phones are now official. The HTC Radar is a mid-market device but still features pretty compelling specs for a smartphone that we’d assume would be priced well under $200 with a service agreement. There’s a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 512MB of RAM, a 3.7-inch display, a 5-megapixel camera and HSPA on board. The HTC Radar feels good to hold and use, and with Windows Phone 7.5 Mango on the device out of the box, it seems like a perfect Windows Phone for budget-minded buyers. Hit the break for our thoughts on HTC’s Titan and be sure to check out our hands-on photo gallery below.