HTC unveils first windows Phone with HTC Sense, the HTC HD2 in the Middle East

By on November 12, 2009
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HTC unveils first windows Phone with HTC Sense, the HTC HD2 in the Middle East


PRESS RELEASE: HTC Corporation has recently launched in the Middle East the HTC HD2, the first Windows phone with HTC Sense, a customer experience focused on putting people at the centre by making their phones work in a more simple, natural and personal way. With its industry-leading, high-resolution, 4.3-inch capacitive touch display, the ultra thin HTC HD2 delivers more visible content in a sharper, brighter and richer way.

Florian Seiche, Vice President HTC EMEA said: “At HTC we believe that the best things in life should be experienced, not explained. HTC Sense is based on this principle by making the phone more simple and natural to use and by enabling people to personalise their mobile experience in their own unique way. With HTC Sense, the HTC HD2 melds the power and flexibility of the Windows platform with the most advanced phone we’ve ever created.”


“HTC has a long history of innovation with Windows Mobile, shipping millions of devices over the years in a wide range of designs,” said Andy Lees, senior vice president, Mobile Communication Business, Microsoft Corp. “The HTC HD2 Windows phone breaks new ground with its responsive, touch screen.”

Kevin Chen, General Manager, HTC Middle East and Africa said: “HTC HD2 is packed with powerful applications and special features that make it an invaluable mobile solution. But what makes HD2 a cut above the rest is that it gives mobile users the freedom to enjoy a truly personalised mobile experience.”

The HD2 uses the first capacitive touch display on a Windows phone to make viewing, zooming and resizing websites, Microsoft® Office files, PDF documents and pictures easier with just a pinch of your fingers. The large display also enables faster, more efficient and accurate typing using the onscreen keyboard. Utilising Qualcomm’s new 1Ghz Snapdragon mobile processor, the HTC HD2 offers enhanced performance that improves the speed of applications, videos, games and more.

Developed with a passion for enhancing people’s lives through innovation, design and ease of use, HTC Sense is rooted in three fundamental principles of “Make it Mine”, “Stay Close” and “Discover the Unexpected”.

Make It Mine
The HD2 continues HTC’s drive for personalisation by reflecting not only what customers want on their phone, but also where they are. Using its large 4.3-inch window-like display, HD2 brings a new dimension to weather with a localised, animated weather experience that utilises HD2’s entire display without being invasive to important content and information. The HD2 can also be further enhanced to reflect the user’s needs and style by downloading a wealth of applications at the new Windows® Marketplace for Mobile.

Stay Close
HD2 helps users stay close to important friends and colleagues with HTC’s people-centric communication approach that provides a single contact view that displays individual communication snapshots of conversations with important people regardless of whether a call, text, Facebook status update or email was used. While in the midst of email exchange with someone, HD2 users can easily transition to a call by pressing the call button. HTC has also included a new Windows-based version of its Twitter application, HTC Peep. The pictures taken with the 5MP camera can also be quickly shared via Facebook or Twitter.
Discover the unexpected

With the HTC Sense experience, the HTC HD2 includes a variety of enhancements that expand and improve the overall phone experience. The HD2 includes a variety of sensors including a proximity sensor that is used to prevent false screen touches when the phone is picked up to answer or make a call. A light sensor automatically adjusts the brightness of the display. Leveraging its 3G broadband connectivity, the HTC HD2 also offers personal Wi-Fi anywhere for computers or other devices.

Also available for the HTC HD2 is the optional car kit that automatically transforms HD2’s user interface into a finger friendly in-car navigation experience for driving.

Windows phone
As a new Windows phone, the HTC HD2 showcases the powerful messaging, browsing and productivity capabilities delivered by Windows Mobile® 6.5. Offering a best-in-class email experience

complete with the ability to synchronise with Microsoft Exchange, users will have the ability to check and manage multiple email accounts. Microsoft’s new My Phone service enables users to automatically back up and sync photos, music, contacts and text messages for free from the HD2 to the web.

The HTC HD2 will be available in the market starting with UAE. The HTC HD2 is distributed in the UAE by SIT Distribution, and will be available from mid November onwards through all the major retail outlets at a retail price of AED 3299.


Abbas Jaffar Ali is the founder of and a blogger, geek and self-declared tech pundit who can't stop talking about technology. Find him on twitter as @ajaffarali

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