HTC's new HTC Desire Z is the company's latest Android smartphone with a hardware keyboard, replacing the two years old T-Mobile G1 which was the first Android smartphone in the world. Running on Android 2.2, the Desire Z utilize a new 800 MHz Qualcomm 7230 CPU for improved performance and battery life and the EMEA/APAC version supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE and dualband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA at 900/2100 MHz as well as Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, WiFi b/g/n and features aGPS, an FM radio, a couple of Android typical sensors as well as a digital compass. Furthermore, the HTC Desire Z features the unique and new "Z hinge" that opens to reveal a 4-row QWERTY keyboard.
The HTC Desire Z's keyboard also includes a variety of keyboard shortcuts and two customizable keys for providing instant access to common functions without the need to open menus. Furthermore, the smartphone features a 3.7" WVGA capacitive SLCD touchscreen and allows 720p HD video recording with the inbuilt 5 megapixel camera with automatic flash.
At a size of 119 x 60,4 x 14,16 mm the device weights 180 g incl. the 1300 mAh Lithium-Ion battery. The internal phone memory comes with a capacity of 1.5 GB ROM and and 512 MB RAM and can be expanded with microSD memory cards.
In addition to HTC Sense and HTC's upcomung and brand new HTCSense.com service, the Desire Z will also feature all Google services like Gmail, Google Talk, Maps, Android Market, Search as well as YouTube and the Desire Z will be one of the first HTC smartphones which include HTC Fast Boot, a new technology which enables people to quickly make a call or check E-Mails by shortening the time taken to complete the power-up sequence.
The HTC Desire Z will be broadly available through mobile operators and retailers across major European and Asian markets from October 2010 as well as shipping in North America later this year.
Cheers ~ Arne