HTC Legend Goes Live At MWC2010

HTC has released the HTC Legend, which is supposed to be the successor fo the popular HTC Hero, at the Mobile World Congress 2010 in Barcelona, Spain.

Interestingly, the phone adopts Apple's unibody design that was introduced with the Macbook Pro range and is therefore carved out of a single shiny silvery aluminium block.

The HTC Legend continues the trend introduced by the HTC Dream; that of the "Jay Leno chin" or as Techradar puts it nicely, a protruding lip at the bottom of the smartphone.

The phone will have a 3.2-inch OLED HVGA capacitive multitouch display that's slightly smaller than the iPhone's and significantly smaller than rivals like the Sony Ericsson X10 with its 4-inch screen.

At the back are two plastic covers, one for the battery and the other one surrounding the camera lens, a five megapixel model with a LED flash.

Unlike most other HTC devices, this one comes with an optical trackball rather than a physical model and sports Android 2.1 with an overhauled Sense user interface, complete with a slew of the social networking features including Friendstream but still no Buzz.

But that's not all, the Legend also borrows what Pocket-lint calls a "helicopter view" which allows you to access the home screens within a few seconds by pinching the screen.

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Technical details are still scarce but it is understood that it is powered by a 600MHz Qualcomm processor and will be available probably on O2, from next March. Interestingly, Legend is also the Chinese name of Lenovo. Legend first appeared in December 2009 when the entire HTC roadmap was leaked.

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