Price Of HTC HD2 Smartphone Slashed To £275

The HTC HD2, one of the first smartphones to come with a 1GHz SoC, has seen its price fall to a very affordable £275, a price that includes a free 8GB microSD card.

The handset, which is available from Froomoo, comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8250 SoC, a large 4.3-inch WVGA capacitive touchscreen, Wi-Fi, BT, USB and a five-megapixel camera witih AF and flash.

The phone also offers up to 6.3 hours battery life, a standby time of 480 hours, with a weight of only 157g. Specwise therefore, it is not that much different from the HTC Desire HD. However, the HD2 runs on Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional, the older version of Microsoft's mobile operating system.

It is possible though to hack the phone and install the new Windows Phone 7 and even Android on it (because they share the same hardware).

Over the past few weeks, we've seen a number of Windows-based handsets being heavily discounted, something that points to the release of a new wave of Windows Phone 7 devices over the next few weeks.

Microsoft is holding an event this afternoon, from 1430 GMT, where its next major upgrade to its operating system, Mango, will be formally announced and presented alongside three new hardware partners. Make sure you follow us today for our coverage of the event.