HTC London Event Summary - it was loudly brilliant

Notice the "loudly" replacement of "quietly" in the title? The London HTC event was sure enough a night club with some phones displayed. Three hours later and my ears are still ringing the bells louder than ever, but was it a well worth visit? Absolutely. I was joined by Jay Bennett (our app developer) along with two strays we found on the street, Alex Dobie and Richard Devine from Android Central.

While merely being about two upcoming Windows Phone Mango devices, the HTC Titan and Radar (opens in new tab), the event was full of enthusiasm, music, free drink and a cracking presentation. Overall it was a superb evening where we conversed with Microsoft and HTC employees, experienced the new handsets for ourselves and began to get drunk in the process for free. Head on past the break for the round-up.

Unfortunately, the venue was in the basement of the Victoria House and thus was extremely tight and compact. We were told in a presentation that HTC has sold 21.8 million handsets, that the company respected customers and that they had a massive surprise for the audience.

Multiple units of both the HTC Titan and Radar were on display throughout the venue. Although we had to fight hundreds of people, we did manage to barge our way through and get some hands-on with both devices (videos will come after this post).

We were able to confirm tethering support (opens in new tab) being present in the builds loaded on the demo handsets, but as we mentioned previously this will more-than-likely be up to carriers. Everything you'd expect is present with Twitter (both devices (opens in new tab)) and LinkedIn integration as well as all the other Mango goodies. Since the event was surrounding these two handsets, let's crack into a quick run through.

Let's start with the HTC Titan (opens in new tab), which is an absolute beast. It's great to see HTC really starting to pump up the hardware with a massive LCD screen, great camera and more. Advertising the HTC Titan as the "Windows Phone powerhouse" will surely attract the attention of users on other platforms with its unique style and quality.

The back cover of the device actually removes entirely from the screen, it's as though they simply cut it in half straight down the middle, and it's thin - very thin (just under 1cm). We compared the brightness and sharpness of the super LCD screen against our Samsung Omnia 7 handsets, which left us in shock and awe as the Super AMOLED looked dull and bland compared to the bright 4.7" monster.

A reminder of the Titan's specifications:

  • 1.5 GHz processor
  • 4.7" screen
  • 16GB storage
  • 512 RAM
  • Gyro sensor
  • 8 megapixel camera with F2.2 lens, dual LED flash, and BSI sensor
  • Front-facing 1.3 megapixel camera

The HTC Radar (opens in new tab) is a lower spec choice for users with a more affordable price tag. While this may put some potential buyers off, don't be fooled - it's not a cheap phone by any means. A unibody encases the feature rich Mango handset, which sports a 3.8" screen with a 1Ghz processor. Again, like the Titan, the quality of the screen is incredible, especially when comparing with 1st generation devices.

Specifications of the Radar:

  • 1 GHz processor
  • 3.8" screen
  • unibody design
  • 8GB storage
  • 512 RAM
  • 5 megapixel camera with F2.2 lens, single LED flash, and BSI sensor
  • Front-facing VGA megapixel camera

So, let's pass it over to you guys. What do you make of the two new handsets? Keep an eye out for our hands-on videos coming up shortly.

Thanks goes out to Alex Dobie for helping us with these pics!

Rich Edmonds
Senior Editor, PC Build

Rich Edmonds was formerly a Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.

  • My Pen is is hard with excitement.
  • I REALLY hope both come stateside. I will go to any carrier that gets the titan
  • Did you get to use the camera on the Titan? Also how were the physical buttons: power, camera, volume rocker? I really want this Titan phone but the HD7's terrible camera and cheap buttons really have me worried about going with the HTC phone again.
  • Umm so the specs for the titan that it's got GSM bands And WCDMA bands. Isn't wcdma vzw/sprint?
  • WCDMA is actually Japan.
  • WCDMA is actually the 2g technology for GSM/umts. Japan uses JUST CDMA technology, and GSM, afaik.
  • Wish the Titan pulled a Samsung GS2 type thing- flagship on every carrier willing to take it. Very appealing device.