The HTC HD2 is launching in Europe this week, but Americans won’t be left out for long — HTC promised today this very high-end Windows phone will be released in the U.S. early next year.
The HD2 is a cutting-edge model running Microsoft’s mobile operating system; it has 1 GHz processor, and sports a 4.3-inch WVGA capacitive display with multi-touch support.
Its maker’s CEO has mentioned a U.S. version before, and HTC made it official today. Even better, HTC isn’t just planning on selling it unlocked — the HD2 is going to be offered by a major American wireless carrier.
The statement from HTC stopped short of naming which carrier that will be, but there have been reliable-seeming rumors that T-Mobile USA is going to pick up this model.
Also unknown is a specific release date, aside from a vague promise of “early 2010”.
An Overview of the HTC HD2
The HD2 (AKA the HTC Leo) is one of the first devices on the market with Microsoft’s Windows Mobile 6.5 Pro, but it has the new version of HTC’s custom user interface layered on top. This used to be called TouchFLO, but has just been renamed HTC Sense to reflect a greater focus on consumers.
It lacks a hardware keyboard, but that’s just about the only feature it doesn’t have.
The HTC HD2 is the first Windows Mobile smartphone with a capacitive display that supports multi-touch, so users can resize websites, Microsoft Office files, PDF documents and pictures easier with a pinch of their fingers.
This display is the largest yet on a smartphone running Microsoft’s OS, and has a WVGA (800×480) resolution.
Naturally, the HD2 has mobile broadband (7.2 Mbps HSDPA), plus it includes Wi-Fi b/g and Bluetooth 2.1. It is even be able to act as a Wi-Fi router for another computer.
This HTC device comes with Windows Mobile’s standard collection of mobile apps: Outlook, Office, Media Player. Opera Mobile is the default web browser.
The Early Birds Get the Phone
HTC says the HD2 is now available in Europe, without giving details. Several carriers have committed to it, including T-Mobile and O2.
This high-end Windows phone is also available now from Taiwan Mobile , and will be released throughout Asia later this month.