Microsoft today announced two new HTC handsets that will run Windows Phone 7.5 "Mango," its forthcoming smart phone OS revision. The phones, the HTC TITAN and HTC Radar, will ship in October 2011, exactly when I expected Windows Phone 7.5 to launch.
"I've spent quite a bit of time carrying one of the prototypes of these HTC phones and it’s terrific," Microsoft's Joe Belfiore wrote in a blog post. "HTC introduced the phones in a series of meet up style events in London, Paris, Berlin and Madrid, and they'll be broadly available from October 2011 globally, beginning in Europe and Asia, with pricing info to come later."
According to Belfiore, "the HTC TITAN features a big 4.7-inch screen with a slim 9.9mm brushed aluminum shell, and a front facing camera, is a great device for working or for playing. Movies, music and your favorite apps will really come to life on this big screen. Sometimes I hear feedback from some users that 'fonts are a little small' on WP7—absolutely not the case on the TITAN! As designers, we love seeing the wide variation of phone sizes so that our customers can find one that’s the perfect fit for them."
The HTC Radar features a "unique design, crafted with an aluminum unibody shell. The Radar also includes a front facing camera so you can video chat with your favorite people. I am really excited to see phones like the Radar, because it's a great marriage of beautiful software and great hardware design."