HTC has just announced two high-end Android OS smartphones. Although they have similar names, these will have different designs.
The Desire HD is going to be a tablet with a very large touchscreen, while the Desire Z will have a smaller display and a sliding keyboard.
Both models will include a new version of HTC Sense, this company's software suite that enhances Google's Android operating system.
More about the HTC Desire HD
The Desire HD is going to sport a 4.3-inch, WVGA (800 x 640) touchscreen, and be built around a unibody aluminum frame.
It will run Android OS 2.1 on a 1 GHz Qualcomm 8255 Snapdragon processor, and have 576 MB of RAM. It will have no significant amount of built-in storage, but it will include a microSD memory card slot with support for 32 GB cards.
When it comes to wireless connectivity, this HTC model is going to have 3G (7.2 Mbps HSDPA /2 Mbps HSUPA) as well as Wi-Fi b/g, Bluetooth 2.1, and a GPS receiver.
The Desire HD will also include an 8 megapixel camera with auto-focus, flash, face detection, and geotagging, as well as support for 720p HD video recording.
It will offer something new: HTC Fast Boot, which shortens the power up sequence of the device so users can make calls and check emails more quickly.
Other features will include a 1400 mAh battery and a 3.5 mm headset jack.
The HTC Desire HD is scheduled to be released in European and Asian markets starting in October. There was no word of a U.S. release, and when it ships this model won't include the 3G frequencies used in N. America.
More about the HTC Desire Z
Most people should recognize the Desire Z as an international version of the T-Mobile G2. As such, it is going to be a slider with a 3.7-inch, WVGA touchscreen, an optical touchpad, and landscape-oriented keyboard.
It will run Android OS 2.2 on an 800 MHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with 512 MB of RAM. This smartphone will include 1.5 GB of internal storage as well as a microSD/SDHC memory card slot.
The Desire Z is going to have 3G (14.4 Mbps HSDPA /5.76 Mbps HSUPA), Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1, and GPS.
It's 5 megapixel camera won't have the same resolution as the one on the Desire HD, but it will have all the other features.
A 1300 mAh battery and 3.5 mm headset jack round out the list.
Like its sister model, the HTC Desire Z is going to launch next month in Europe and Asia. The U.S. version, the T-Mobile G2, is also going to debut in October.
Other HTC Sense Improvements
These smartphones will be the first with a new version of HTC Sense includes a number of significant enhancements.
An updated camera application will allow for high-definition (HD) video recording as well as editing of photos. HTC Location is going to give the user access to maps without the need to download large amounts of data while roaming.
One of the largest additions comes in the form of HTCSense.com which will let users manage your phone from any computer. This will makes it easier to locate a misplaced phone, and allow the user to remotely clear all personal information if the phone is lost or stolen. The site will also also make it easier to transfer information from device to device.
Like all Android OS-based smartphones, the Desire HD and Desire Z will include a suite of entertainment and communications software, much of which ties into Google's online services, such as Gmail, YouTube, and Google Maps.