Taiwanese tech firm HTC has pulled the curtain off 2 of its newest smartphones, the HTC Titan and the HTC Radar. These are additions to their Windows Phone 7 line of smartphones, however the software will be improved with the Mango update. Previous versions like the HTC Mozart and HTC HD7 did not really take off as well as expected, Microsoft themselves admitting their mobile OS was relatively small compared to Android and iOS.
The HTC Titan as the name suggests is a real beast of a handset, firstly its display is the largest HTC has ever made! Measuring in at 4.7-inches, Titan will be one of the largest smartphones on the market, even being larger than the Samsung Galaxy S II. The WVGA (800 x 480 pixel) screen is close to the size of a small tablet but it just about qualifies as a smartphone. Mashable reports that the dimensions of 130.6 x 70.6 x 9.9 mm still reasonably measure up to pocket size.
The Titan comes wielding an 8-megapixel camera, 1.5 GHz single-core Snapdragon CPU, 16GB storage and 512 MB of RAM. These specs make the big handset a reasonably good all round smartphone, but there will be better rivals out on the market. Nevertheless I think that HTC’s Titan will compete well, its huge screen probably being its biggest selling point. It is likely the Titan will launch close to the iPhone 5, no pressure then.
The HTC Radar is more like the little brother of the Titan, sporting a more regular 3.8-inch super LCD screen. Other specs include a 5-megapixel camera, a 1 GHz Snapdragon CPU, 8GB storage and 512 MB of RAM. The Radar is a more low end smartphone which will be more affordable than its big brother. The 2 smartphones will launch in Europe in October with the Mango update set for roll out this month.
In all honesty a large part of these phone’s success rests on the shoulders of Microsoft who must update the software with Mango, Expert Reviews reports. One failing of previous windows phones was the poor features the OS offered, especially compared to how rivals like Google and Apple spoiled their customers when it comes to software features. More social media integration such as Twitter and Skype will be seen with Mango. Will you give the Titan or Radar a go?
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