While I was waiting for the HTC Desire HD to be launched in Malaysia, HTC launched 2 new smartphones, HTC 7 Mozart and HTC HD7, in conjunction of the launching of Windows Phone 7. The HTC HD7 is actually quite similar to HTC HD2 with both of them carries a large 4.3inch capacitive touch screen. The phone is running on 1GHz Qualcomm QSD 8250 processor, 512MB ROM, 576MB RAM and 16GB of internal storage. The camera can record 720p HD video and it is a 5megapixel camera with autofocus and flash. The retail price is at RM2399 and it is only exclusively available from Maxis at the moment.
The HTC 7 Mozart on the other hand had not much difference compared with the HD7. The main difference is this phone comes with a smaller size screen – 3.7inch in size, reduced internal storage size to 8GB, yet a whopping 8 Megapixel camera. The retail price is at RM2099 available at authorized resellers.
Although there are only 2 phones available in Malaysia, HTC actually launched 5 different phones in different regions during the launch of Windows Phone 7. The remaining 3 phones are HTC 7 Surround, HTC 7 Pro and HTC 7 Trophy. Yet, when I browse through the SEA HTC website, it seems that HTC 7 Trophy is listed in the product list. No info on the pricing though.
With the launch of Windows Phone 7, people might have some difficulties choosing which type of phone and OS to go for. Even though there are a lot of WP7 smartphones launched on the same day, the functionality are almost the same! So which phone is actually the best? I have no idea. The more type of phones produced by phone manufacturers, the more competitive the market will be, and the price wars continues. In the end, it only benefit one group of people the most, which is us, the consumers. What say you?
Press release as below.
HTC Goes big with Microsoft; launching New Windows Phone 7 smartphones
HTC brings its trademark innovation and design to a fresh, new Windows Phone 7 portfolio â€“
HTC 7 Mozart and HTC HD7
MALAYSIA â€“ October 13, 2010 â€“ HTC Corporation, a global designer of smartphones and longâ€time Microsoft partner, today launched in Malaysia two new Windows Phone 7 smartphones: HTC 7 Mozart and HTC HD7. This strong and diverse family of phones features Microsoftâ€™s new Windows Phone 7 platform and embodies the standâ€out design and innovation for which HTC has come to be known. Each new phone includes a variety of cuttingâ€edge technologies and a series of unique HTC applications that can be accessed through the new HTC Hub that complements the Windows Phone 7 Hub and Tile experience.
â€œWindows Phone 7 is an entirely fresh mobile experience, on which HTC is excited to be going big.Â We see tremendous customer opportunities with the integration of Microsoftâ€™s most popular services like Xbox LIVE and Zune,â€ said Peter Chou, CEO of HTC Corporation. â€œThe value Microsoft is bringing to mobile customers in Asia sets a new benchmark for the industry. HTC will be introducing two new HTC Windows Phone 7 smartphones at launch to support our customers with a broad variety of choice.â€
â€œHTC has been a partner with Microsoft since we launched our first phones nearly a decade ago, and we couldnâ€™t be more excited to continue this journey with the launch of Windows Phone 7,â€ said Andy Lees, President of the Mobile Communications Business at Microsoft. â€œWindows Phone 7 characterizes a new direction for Microsoft and its partners, and HTC is stepping up to support this in a significant way by bringing five new Windows Phones to market.â€
Windows Phone 7
Windows Phone 7 has been carefully crafted to help people get more done in fewer steps with a unique Hub and Tile interface. The Windows Phone 7 Hubs offer quick and easy access to a personâ€™s latest and most valuable information and include People, Pictures, Games, Music & Video, Office and Marketplace content.
HTC Windows Phone 7 portfolio
HTC has brought its innovative design and creativity to its new Windows Phone 7 smartphone portfolio by embracing distinctive materials and unique design elements while providing an exciting set of cutting-edge features and technologies. Â With the new HTC Hub, HTC is providing an exclusive series of applications and utilities that include a new weather and stocks application and a new photo enhancer that enables a person to apply special effects before sharing photos with friends.
HTC 7 Mozart
Crafted from a single piece of anodized aluminum, the HTC 7 Mozart feels great in the hand and takes HTCâ€™s unibody design aesthetic to the next level.Â The slim, solid and smart HTC 7 Mozart sounds as good as it looks and integrates SRS WOW HDâ„¢ and other astounding sound effects for highâ€fidelity, virtual surround sound.
HTC HD7 owners can enjoy their favorite videos and movies in cinematic-style thanks to the large 4.3â€ high-resolution screen, while its kickstand allows them to sit back and enjoy the action handsfree.
The two new HTC smartphones will be available in Malaysia from November:
HTC HD7 will be available exclusively at all Maxis Centres nationwide and at selected Maxis Exclusive Partners at subsidized prices. Suggested retail price will be RM2,399*.
HTC 7 Mozart will be available at all authorized resellers at a suggested retail price of RM2,099*.
*All prices are subject to pricing policies of individual operators.