It seems like an eternity ago when we were waiting the first wave of HTC Windows Phone 7 devices to be announced, about this time last year. How time flies.
Now we’re happy to report that HTC has announced the latest addition to its Windows Phone 7 family, the HTC Titan.
Both a conscious tip of the hat to HTC’s Windows legacy and a reference to the screen, the Titan prominently packs a 4.7-inch SLCD capacitive touchscreen.
This super-wide screen has a WVGA res of 800 x 480 (as per the Windows Phone 7 minimum specs) and is protected by a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass. Amazingly, HTC has managed to fit such a big screen on to a wafer-thin 9.9 brushed aluminium body.
There’s also 16GB of internal storage nestled in there alongside an 8-megapixel camera, 512MB of RAM and a 1.5GHz processor, a Qualcomm MSM8255, the same one that's in the HTC Flyer tablet.
HTC has said that with the Titan they’ve focused on upgrading the camera, adding an 28mm lens with an f/2.2 aperture and a back-illuminated sensor (for shots at night/in the dark) as well as keeping the megapixel count well above the minimum of 5. 720p HD video recording comes included as standard.
The camera software has also been given some love and attention; you get a neat panoramic mode that stiches three shots together and a burst shot mode that takes five snaps in quick succession.
There’s also a range of different colour filters and effects that can be added to pictures in the gallery with the HTC Photo Enhancer app. As the Titan runs on Mango, aka Windows Phone 7.5, you’ll also have the ability to tag friends in photos as you upload them to Facebook, as well as benefit from things such as group messaging.
There’s also a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera for self-portraits and video calls. HTC said that the Tango video calling app, already available for iPhone and Android devices, will be supported.
Like the Android-toting HTC Sensation smartphone, the Titan’s back cover is a single piece deal with HTC’s trademark unibody stylings. So to get at the battery and SIM slot, you have to slip the rest of the phone out of its skin, so to speak. We’ve got some hands-on pictures of this plus the camera app in action coming up real soon, so stay tuned.
As if this wasn’t enough, the HTC Titan also comes with HTC Watch, HTC’s video on demand service bolted on. This works exactly as it does on phones like the Sensation and on the HTC Flyer tablet.
So if you’ve already got an HTC Watch account registered, you can sign in on the Titan and download previously purchased titles. Sweet. We’re told that the 4.7-inch screen has an aspect ratio of 16:10. So while you’ll get a slight bit of letterboxing it’s not much. Thanks to the Virtual 5.1 surround sound, movie audio ought to sound pretty nice on the Titan, through the external speakers.
The HTC Titan is heading to the UK this October. Cost and an exact release date is currently TBA but we’ll let you know the second we hear anything.