HTC Leo Becomes Windows Mobile Powered HD2 Smartphone

HTC has officially released its Leo handset which will be known from now on as the HD2; the handset, which is based on Windows Mobile 6.5, will be rolled out in Europe over the next few weeks.

The HD2 comes with some truly impressive specs, on par with the most powerful handset currently on the market, Toshiba's own TG01. It sports a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor running at 1GHz and is backed by an AMD Z460 graphics processor unit which is derived from the graphics solution used on Microsoft's Xbox 360.

It has a 4.3-inch 800x480 pixels capacitive touchscreen display, a 5-megapixel camera with autofocus and dual LED flash, Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS, G-sensor, 512 MB of onboard storage and 448 MB of RAM, a 3.5mm jack, HTC's proprietary Sense User Interface and 7.2 Mbps UMTS/HSPA connectivity.

Peter Chou, Chief Executive Officer of HTC, commented on the release, saying that “[The] HTC Sense is based on this principle by making the phone more simple and natural to use and by enabling people to personalise their mobile experience in their own unique way. With HTC Sense, the HTC HD2 melds the power and flexibility of the Windows platform with the most advanced phone we’ve ever created.”

The HD2 will be available on O2 and possibly on other mobile phone networks. A US version is expected to debut in the first quarter of 2010.

Our Comments

The Sense UI appears to iron out most of the issues encountered with Windows Mobile 6.5. An early preview from Engadget showed that the HD2 appears to be a joy to use with little to no lagging and a cleaner and more intuitive interface compared to Windows Mobile 6.5

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