HTC and Vodafone Hutchison Australia (VHA) have partnered to release the new a new Android 2.2 ‘Froyo’ Desire HD handset to the local market and say the device is on par with the popular iPhone 4.
The Desire HD will be available from early November for $0 upfront on Vodafone’s $59 cap plan.
The first generation Desire, released back in April, shipped with Android 2.1 ‘Eclair’, but technical difficulties have delayed the deployment of version 2.2 to that handset.
At the Sydney launch of the device HTC sales and marketing director for Australia and New Zealand, Anthony Petts, said the agreement with Vodafone is exclusive and would not say if the Desire HD will be available with another carrier.
“The HTC Desire HD includes the new version of HTC Sense which introduces a number of key innovations including a series of connected services called HTCSense.com,” Petts said.
HTCSense.com is a cloud service that can be used with the Desire HD to store message, locate and ring a misplaced phone or wipe data on a lost phone.
The portal also provides access to archived mobile content like contacts, text messages and call history from a PC and people can also customise their phones with other content like wallpapers, HTC scenes, sounds or plug-ins.
The Desire HD is HTC’s first smartphone to be powered by the new 1GHz Qualcomm 8255 Snapdragon processor and features a 4.3-inch super LCD display, Dolby Mobile and SRS virtual sound, 720p HD video recording and an 8 megapixel camera with flash.
Like the HTC Legend, the Desire HD is sculpted from a single block of aluminium and the boot-up time has been reduced to 10 seconds.
The phone also features DLNA for TV playback.
Vodafone’s general manager for devices and pricing Ross Parker said the Desire HD is one of the most highly anticipated Android smartphones this year and he expects the handset to be popular in the lead up to Christmas.
Parker said the user experience of the Android-powered Desire HD rivals that of the iPhone.
The HTC Sense UI now includes an e-book store powered by Koboä and an e-reader.
A release date for the Desire HD on the 3 network is yet to be announced.