HTC Unveils Supersized Desire HD

The Desire HD has finally been unveiled today by HTC and looks a lot like the Windows-based HD2 although it is in fact the bigger brother - literally - of the Desire and the Wildfire.

The phone comes with a 4.3-inch WVGA Super LCD display as it is the case on the HD2. There's also Dolby Mobile and SRS virtual sound, an indication that HTC is taking sound reproduction on the move very seriously.

As expected, the device is powered by a 1GHz Qualcomm processor which looks like a 45nm die shrink of the QSD8250 as used in the HD2 and the Desire. The MSM8255 uses the Adreno 205 rather than the Adreno 200 which means better graphics performance.

The rest is pretty standard; Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, Wi-Fi, aGPS, FM RADIO, PAM (Proximity, Ambient Light, Motion) sensors, digital compass, 8-megapixel camera with two flash and 720p HD recording, 768MB RAM and 1.5GB ROM onboard (with a 4GB microSD card), all in a unibody aluminium chassis that a smidgen thinner and slightly larger than the Desire.

Worryingly though, the battery has a smaller capacity compared to the HTC Desire (1230mAh vs 1400mAh). HTC hasn't quoted talk and standby time but we guess there shouldn't be much of a difference.

Expect the handset to be available towards the end of the year and to replace the HTC Desire from the onset. Note that the Desire HD comes with the new HTC Sense UI on top of Android OS 2.2 and benefits from the new Fast Boot feature.