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http://www.techradar.com/news/phone-and-communications/mobile-phones/htc-desire-hd-and-desire-z-face-release-date-delays-899981

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HTC Desire HD and Desire Z face release date delays

By Marc Chacksfield

HTC's upcoming Desire HD and Desire Z handsets are facing release date delays after failing on Google testing.

This is according to online shop SuperEtrader, who has announced that the handsets won't be coming out this week, rather 'mid to end of October'.

"Both units have failed last minute Google TA (Type Approval) testing which is exactly what was said about the original Desire days before release," explained SuperEtrader in its notice.

It will be interesting to see whether UK networks are subject to the same delay as the online retailers, as Vodafone is still claiming an imminent UK release date.

Desire delayed

The launch of HTC Desire was also delayed back in April.

O2 decided to delay its release of the phone due to testing and 3 delayed the release of the HTC Desire.

But this was due to a slightly different reason Ė it was because of the ash cloud which looked like it was going to bring an end to the world last spring.

The delay for the HTC Desire HD and Desire Z has also been confirmed on developer forum XDA-Devs.

So, it looks like you will have to sit back, relax and wait for the late October UK release date to trundle on by before you get hold of the Android 2.2 handsets.

And keep your fingers crossed that no ash clouds will delay the devices further.



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Showing off the camera:
http://crave.cnet.co.uk/mobiles/fingers-on-shutters-for-our-htc-desire-hd-camera-test-50001240/

Reiterates my point that there's really no need for much more than 3-4 megapixels in a point n shoot digicam, the photos are just bigger, not really any better for being 8MP.  I wish manufacturers would put more time into improving the quality of the lens and software rather than trying to keep up with the wanky spec wars.



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Showing off the camera:
http://crave.cnet.co.uk/mobiles/fingers-on-shutters-for-our-htc-desire-hd-camera-test-50001240/

Reiterates my point that there's really no need for much more than 3-4 megapixels in a point n shoot digicam, the photos are just bigger, not really any better for being 8MP.  I wish manufacturers would put more time into improving the quality of the lens and software rather than trying to keep up with the wanky spec wars.

most manufacturers have stopped increasing mp on p&s cameras... well somwhat anyway. most of the high end models have lower mp sensors.
for example sony have most of their entry levels at 14mp, with the top of the line models at 10mp. it confuses the hell out of most of my customers.



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http://www.current.com.au/2010/10/26/article/HTC-to-launch-Desire-HD-with-VHA-tonight/DPNQIGHOPX.html

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HTC to launch Desire HD with VHA tonight

By Patrick Avenell

SYDNEY, NSW: HTC will be launching its new Desire HD tonight in Sydney. This new Android smartphone is the direct successor to the critically acclaimed Desire model, launched in early 2010.


Unlike Nokia, which canít organise a press conference to save itself, HTC is the master of phone launches, continually releasing new handsets so that media and, in turn, the general public, can get a great idea about how the phones operate, what their best features are and who they are targeted at.

The new Desire HD model, which runs off Android 2.2, is expected to be launched exclusively through VHA, which will also be represented at the launch press conference. We already know that this handset has a 4.3-inch capacitive touchscreen, 8-megapixel camera, multi-touch with HTC sense and triple axis accelerometer.  As with all HTC handsets, the weather functionality on this phone is expected to be brilliant.

Check back on Current.com.au tomorrow morning to find out everything you need to know about the Desire HD.



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http://www.smh.com.au/digital-life/mobiles/htcs-iphone-4-rival-hits-australia-20101027-172z8.html

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HTC's iPhone 4 rival hits Australia

Asher Moses

HTC's challenger to the iPhone 4, the Desire HD, goes on sale in Australia early next month at Vodafone and 3 mobile stores.


Last night Vodafone revealed that the Desire HD would be available for $0 upfront on a $59 a month plan with a two-year contract. It will also be available around the same time on 3 mobile but specific plans have yet to be announced.

The Desire HD is an update to the original Google Android-based Desire launched earlier this year, which many critics said was superior to the iPhone 3GS.
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Telstra, which was for a time the exclusive carrier for the original Desire, pushed the Android platform heavily and tomorrow Vodafone will throw its weight behind Android with a major marketing campaign for the Desire HD. This will include a "Vodafone Android Island Party" attended by leading Australian music acts.

Google's Android platform has a smaller market share in Australia than the iPhone but several manufacturers, including HTC and Samsung, as well as the mobile carriers, have strongly backed it. By Christmas, the iPhone, Android and Windows Phone 7 platforms will be engaged in a cut-throat battle for smartphone supremacy.

"The over-arching message is really that Android is giving power back to the telcos," said Telsyte mobile analyst Foad Fadaghi.

"It's giving them the opportunity to operate the way that they used to operate before the iPhone came around. Telcos want to own the customer, they want to have a greater slice of the value chain, they want to have their own app stores, and they don't want to be locked into the Apple way of doing things. That's why you're seeing the massive push from all of the carriers."

The Desire HD, an Android 2.2 handset, features a huge 4.3-inch touchscreen display (compared to 3.5-inch on the iPhone 4), an 8-megapixel camera, 720p video recording, a 1GHz processor, an aluminium unibody shell and Dolby/SRS sound support.

The phone comes with a new version of HTC's user interface overlay, Sense, which includes a number of small tweaks and access to a new suite of online services dubbed HTCSense.com.

HTCSense.com, which can be accessed from a PC, has some similarities to Apple's Mobile Me, allowing users to find their phone on a map if they lose it, trigger it to ring loudly, lock the device, erase all data, forward calls to another number or leave a text message for the finder of the phone.

A complete history of calls and text messages, even those that have been deleted from the handset, can be accessed at HTCSense.com, as can a range of wallpapers and plugins.

The new HTC Sense features a new navigation tool called HTC Locations, which includes turn-by-turn navigation and a compass that helps with orientation when users are on foot.

Like Nokia's Ovi Maps, the maps can be stored on the phone so users don't have to have an active data connection to access them. Through HTCSense.com, users can mark landmarks or specific locations on the map and have this data automatically sent to the phone.

Through a partnership with Kobo, users can access a range of e-books to read while also being able to highlight passages and add notes. Another new feature, HTC Fast Boot, promises to power the handsets up within 10 seconds.

There is also an improved camera app with photo editing tools allowing users to add effects such as fish eye and sepia.

Videos, photos and music stored on the phones can be played wirelessly on TVs that support DLNA home networking technology. Those without DLNA-enabled TVs can buy a dongle adapter.

Meanwhile, Vodafone, attempting to pre-empt findings from the Australian Communications and Media Authority's customer service inquiry, announced a major overhaul of its customer service capabilities today.

This includes a call back service to avoid customers having to wait on hold, new Vodafone and 3 handset service centres around the country that can do repairs within an hour and an online self-service application that lets customers better track their spending.



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"never" going to be available on any other network.

http://www.zdnet.com.au/vodafone-keeps-htc-desire-hd-to-itself-339306876.htm

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Vodafone keeps HTC Desire HD to itself

By Renai LeMay

Vodafone Hutchison Australia last night gave several indications it wasn't willing to let its flagship HTC Desire HD handset be used on other carriers' networks, confirming it would have exclusive Australian distribution "forever" and that it would not offer an outright purchase price for the device.


The Desire HD is being billed as the "big brother" to the popular HTC Desire handset, which launched exclusively on Telstra's Next G network in April this year to great popularity. The launch of the high-end handset is credited in the mobile industry with vaulting Google's Android operating system to a level where it is now rivalling Apple's iPhone series in terms of popularity down under.

VHA general manager of Devices and Pricing Ross Parker was asked at a ritzy launch at the Astral Bar at Sydney's Star City Casino last night whether VHA would hold the exclusivity on the handset "forever, forever". Parker confirmed the arrangement.

In addition, the VHA executive confirmed that there would be no immediate pricing plan where customers could buy the handset outright, meaning those who want the Desire HD will need to sign up to a monthly contract with VHA.

"We want to sell this to Vodafone customers," he said. VHA will launch the handset for zero dollars upfront on a $59 monthly plan, which constitutes a special $10 monthly discount.

In general, Parker said he expected the HTC Desire HD to rival Apple's iPhone 4, which launched several months ago, in terms of its popularity with customers.

"Within our customer base, the feedback we've had, this is the most anticipated product we've seen over the past 12 months," he told journalists. "I would certainly expect, for our existing customers, that this would be challenging the popularity of the iPhone 4."

Parker also praised Taiwan-based HTC in general, stating it was currently "the manufacturer which is delivering the best experience for the customer" on the Android platform.

"We're pleased to see the partnership growing," he said of the relationship between HTC and VHA. The executive noted that the HTC Legend, which has reduced specifications compared with the Desire and Desire HD, had been selling "tremendously well" for VHA. "Everyone's been looking forward to that next step," he said.

The VHA executive said he personally had been using the Desire HD for "a couple of months now", describing it as the best device he had ever used. He also noted that VHA expected the handset to be its number one product over the Christmas period. In general, Parker said VHA also saw Android as representing "a massive opportunity" at the moment, pointing out Google's baby was currently outselling the line-ups offered by both Apple and Research In Motion in the United States market.

Android-based handsets are offered by a number of manufacturers, such as HTC, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, LG and so on, while large manufacturers such as Apple, RIM and Nokia have preferred to focus on their own mobile operating systems.



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It's destined to stay irrelevant in the smartphone market if they don't sell it across all networks. 






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It's destined to stay irrelevant in the smartphone market if they don't sell it across all networks.

Pretty much. :?  A real shame for them as it will no doubt be ousted as king within 6-12 months and they will have missed their window - of course Vodafone are just hoping there's enough people dumb enough to sign on with them.

Oh well I don't care - I ordered mine unlocked from the UK.



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