Skip to main content

New HTC handsets get priced and dated

Online mobile phone reseller Expansys has unveiled the SIM free and unlocked cost of the HTC Desire HD and the HTC Z, with the respective prices of £499.99 and £449.99.

The two new flagship devices were launched at an HTC event last week in London, where Expansys now confirms the shipping date of October 11th – for both handsets.

The Desire HD has a 4.3-inch capacitive touch screen LCD display, a higher screen size than the 4-inch Samsung Galaxy S - only that handset has a Super AMOLED screen, with a much improved brightness and a more vivid display of colours.

This mobile phone will be one of the first to arrive powered by the latest Qualcomm 8255 1Ghz Snapdragon processor, whilst the Desire HD is capable of 720p high definition video recording from its 8 megapixel dual-flash camera.

HTC has been selling a similar 4G handset in the USA called the Evo, where the UK now finally has a similar model.

The Desire Z has a similar look to the first Desire handset, as it really only differs in appearance with the addition of the slide out Qwerty keyboard.

HTC's Desire Z runs from the latest 800Mhz Qualcomm 7230 processor, which will be one of the first phones to utilise this CPU. The original HTC Desire came with a 1Ghz processor, where the Qwerty keyboard model could run noticeably slower although HTC has worked in a quicker method of booting that plagued the first version.

Android 2.2 will ship with the two handsets along with HTC’s own overlay Sense to the OS that has been enhanced, with improvements seen around the capturing and the sharing of multimedia.

Vodafone, O2 and Three have also confirmed they will have the HTC Desire on contract, where only Vodafone has established it will be selling the Desire Z next month.

Originally published at

Rob Kerr
Rob Kerr

Rob has worked in the affiliate industry for many years with large publishers, and previously worked as a journalist on titles such as Wired, PC Magazine, ITProPortal, The Register, The Inquirer, Pocket-Lint, Mobile Industry Review, Know Your Mobile and The Gadget Show.