New Windows Phones: HTC Radar and HTC TITANRecently, in London, HTC announced that they would be releasing two brand-new Windows Phone handsets: the HTC Radar and HTC TITAN. The Radar comes packed with a 1 GHz processor, 8 GB storage, a 3.8” LCD and a 5 megapixel camera. The TITAN has a whopping 4.7” screen, 16 GB storage, an 8 megapixel camera, and a 1.5 GHz processor.
HTC has gone with two totally different designs for the handsets. The Radar has a white and silver color scheme and is “crafted” from a single piece of metal. It’s a good phone that will retail for somewhere around 573 dollars. The phone does however lack the full range of sensors that Windows Phone can handle, but it does have GPS, proximity and ambient light sensors and an accelerometer.
Both of the phones come equipped with front-facing cameras – a 1.3 megapixel on the TITAN and a VGA on the Radar – confirming past speculation that Windows Phone Mango would be able to support said hardware. Interestingly, the only built-in app that really makes use of the cameras is the standard camera application; it has a button enabling the user to switch between the main camera and the front-facing camera. Besides that, the camera’s usage depends entirely on application developers that can come up with unique ways to use it. Mango itself won’t include any built-in video-calling capabilities.
The rear cameras, although different in resolution, both sport a lens with a lightning-quick aperture of f/2.2, and the sensors are backside-lit, which should, in theory, give them higher quality low-light performance than typical sensors.
The TITAN is a TitanEven with all of its nice specifications, the Radar is only a minor upgrade to the first pile of Windows Phone handsets, leaving the TITAN standing alone. The screen is amazing in and of itself; it feels really big and bulky, but the device itself is slim and lightweight. While the phone is a bit on the heavier side – a given being that it has such a large screen – it isn’t over-encumbering, thanks to narrow borders and its slimline design.
HTC is also planning on pre-installing a few new applications as well. The phones will sport an app for the HTC Watch streaming media services (already available on Android), DLNA streaming and Virtual 5.1 surround sound. Both phones will hit the market in early October.
Internet Sharing – No Word from MicrosoftEven with its latest line of Mango phones hitting store shelves, Microsoft still refuses to discuss or disclose any information regarding the Internet connecting sharing feature that has already been discovered on the operating system. The company has also refused to provide any information regarding the availability of the software, only saying that the release would be “better” than the copy-and-paste update.
Thankfully, spokesmen from HTC were a little more open with their information; they said that whether or not Internet sharing would be available was up to the phone’s carrier, but that no carriers in the UK were allowing it.