At a press event in London today, as predicted HTC took the wraps off two Desire-able handsets, along with a fresh incarnation of its HTC Sense user interface which will come on both phones.
The HTC Desire HD boasts a spacious 4.3 inch LCD display, a 1GHz processor, an 8 megapixel camera with dual flash capable of 720p HD recording, along with Dolby Mobile and SRS virtual sound.
The handset also comes with HTC Fast Boot, a quick power-up sequence which allows users to swiftly make a call or check mails. Aesthetically it looks the business, being stylishly fashioned from a solid block of aluminium. In terms of OS, unsurprisingly Android 2.2 is on board.
The HTC Desire Z, on the other hand, is slightly less beefy with a 3.7 inch display, an 800MHz processor on board, a 5 megapixel camera (again capable of 720p recording), and a sliding Qwerty keyboard.
When it comes to the revamped Sense UI, HTC has added new camera functions for capture and editing, and an integrated online e-book store and e-reading functionality. HTC Locations has also been introduced, an online map service.
On top of this, an HTCSense.com service will let users back up contacts and messages in the cloud, and provide other fancy features such as being able to trace, lock or even remote wipe a stolen phone.
Whether or not standard Desire owners will get access to the souped up Sense interface is unclear, although there should be no reason why it can’t be rolled out to those handsets.
Both the HTC Desire HD and Desire Z mobiles will be available in October. There was no sign of the rumoured HD7 Windows Phone 7 toting smartphone which some had speculated might be revealed.