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HTC Radar: Hands-on shots and first impressions

This is the HTC Radar in its white and silver colour scheme. Running Windows Phone 7.5 aka Mango, this phone makes up the second of HTC’s two new Windows phones. Design-wise this reminds us a lot of the 7 Trophy from last year and the colour scheme is also very remniscient of the HTC Flyer.

Though it’s smaller than the monolithic HTC Titan, it’s not what you’d call a small phone. The WVGA screen measures 3.8-inches across and its dimensions are 120.5 x 61.5 x 10.9mm. There’s a 5-megapixel camera round the back and a VGA camera up on the top right, for video calls and self portraits.

The processor is a single core 1GHz Qualcomm chip, there’s 512MB of RAM and you get 8GB of internal storage bunged in for good measure.

Granted, 5-megapixels and 8GB are Windows Phone 7 standard requirements, but not standards to sniff at; you get a guarantee of a decent amount of storage at the very least.

Like the HTC Titan, the HTC Radar features panoramic and burst shot modes, access to HTC Watch movies on-demand, and a new dock mode, for use with forthcoming accessories.

Full pricing and availability for the Radar haven’t yet been announced; all we know so far is that its coming in October. Until then, have a nose through our hands-on pics won’t you?

The HTC Radar in white so looks like a miniature Flyer from the back. Separated at birth? 3.5mm jack up on the top right there above the speaker which sits next to the camera unit; 5-megapixels and a single LED flash.

The HTC Radar’s camera boasts many of the same features as the HTC Titan: f/2.2 aperture, back-illuminated sensor and 720p HD video recording. The same panorama and burst shot modes are present in the camera app as well.

As well as panoramic fun times, you get the more day to day camera setting options, ISO, face detection and adjustment options for flickering and metering. The face detection is pretty neat on both phones actually; there’s auto mode and the ability to tap to focus on faces manually.

Panoramic mode on the HTC Radar is exactly the same as it is on the Titan, so we didn’t need to show it off twice. The camera is pretty much the same in every respect, apart from the megapixel count and the flash.

The volume rocker and the camera shutter key are thin metal strips that felt slightly textured.

The standard micro USB port sits round the other side.

Another view of the HTC Radar’s 3.5mm hack from the top, next to the almighty, all-important power button.

We couldn’t dig the battery out, or figure out a way to get at it. So we don’t know if its removable for sure. Then again, as with the Titan we saw, this Radar is an early model so its internals may change over time.


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