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HTC Radar Windows "Mango" Phone Disappoints Slightly


The second Windows Phone handset that HTC introduced yesterday, the Radar, is a minor improvement over the HTC 7 Trophy, the first Windows Phone smartphone that it launched last year.

The Radar is essentially a Windows Phone version of the HTC Desire S; it has a 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 SoC, 512MB RAM, 8GB onboard storage, three sensors (the Titan has five), a 3.8-inch screen with a WVGA resolution, a five megapixel camera with a 28mm F2.2 lens, LED flash, BSI sensor (ideal for low light capture), HD video capture, a VGA front facing camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and a 1520mAh battery.

HTC's new mainstream Windows Phone handset will run on Windows Phone Mango natively but it looks likely that the Trophy will do so as well; the fact that the latter costs only £255 SIM Free (the HTC 7 Pro comes with a keyboard and costs £247 while the HTC Mozart which has a better camera costs £240) will make the Radar a very tough sell unless HTC bites the bullet, reduces its margins and prices it competitively (around £200).

Another handset, the HTC Titan was launched yesterday by the Taiwanese manufacturer and will target the high end of the market. Both feature DLNA compatibility and users will be able to buy content from HTC watch.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.