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By 17 February 2010 | Categories: news

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HTC showed off three new smartphones at the Mobile World Congress 2010 yesterday, one of which seems destined to take on the Google Nexus One as the supreme Android device. Many are calling the HTC Desire a Google Nexus One with HTC Sense. It matches the Nexus One’s specs pound for pound being powered by a 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, sporting a five megapixel camera and featuring a 3.7" AMOLED touch-screen. The Desire runs on Android 2.1 (Éclair), but also features HTC’s Sense UI customisation, to distinguish it from the standard Android interface.  
 
The Taiwanese firm also launched another Android smartphone the HTC Legend sporting a 3.2" AMOLED capacitative touch-screen featuring pinch-to-zoom capability as well as a five megapixel camera, 3.5 mm jack and a 600 MHz processor. Measuring 112 x 56.3 x 11.5 mm, the Legend weighs only 126 g with Android 2.1 and HTC Sense doing the operating. This Hero-esque smartphone can support microSD cards with a capacity of up to 32 GB.
 
HTC also jumped on the mini bandwagon. Following Nokia (N97 mini), Sony Ericsson (X10 Mini) and LG (Mini), HTC showed off a more compact version of its HD2, the HD mini. The HD mini measures 103.8 x 57.7 x 11.7 mm, compared to the HD2's 120.5 x 67 x 11 mm dimensions and also sports a 3.2" HVGA capacitative touch-screen as opposed to the impressive 4.3" WVGA display of the HD2. Running on Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional with HTC Sense, the mini is also powered by a 600 MHz processor and sports 512 MB ROM and 384 MB RAM. Like the Desire and Legend it also features a five megapixel camera and 3.5 mm audio jack.
 
The Desire is expected to arrive in Europe and Asia in Q2 of 2010, whilst the Legend will be available in Europe in April. The HD Mini will be available in Europe and Asia in April. No word on when we'll see it in SA yet.

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