HTC TITAN Hands on: 4.7 inches of awesomeness

Gigantic! That’s the only word that can describe HTC’s newly announced flagship Windows Phone handset the HTC Titan. Let’s start with device’s hardware specification:

HTC Titan Hardware Specifications:

- 4.7″ WVGA SLCD screen
- Weight:160 grams (5.6 ounces) with battery
- 131.5mm x 70.7mm x 9.9mm (5.18″ x 2.78″ x 0.39″)
- Qualcomm MSM8255 clocked at 1.5Ghz
- 16GB of internal Storage (up to 12.63 GB or available storage)
- 512 MB of Ram
- 8 megapixel camera with F2.2 lens, dual LED flash, and BSI sensor (for better low-light captures)
- 1.3Mpix Front facing camera
- 9.9mm thick
- Aluminum body
- Sensors: Gyro Sensor, G-Sensor, Digital compass, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor
- DLNA support
- SRS Enhancement & 5.1 surround sound
- HSPA/WCDMA: Europe/Asia: 850/900/2100 MHz
- Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
- Battery: 1600 mAh (talk time: WCDMA: Up to 410 minutes GSM: Up to 710 minutes)

Sounds tasty right? Well if only this had a Super AMOLED Plus panned it would be the perfect Windows Phone (still have to test the camera quality though..). The first thing I noted was that the screens viewing angles on the HTC Titan and HTC Radar where definitely an improved compared to HTC’s previous Android and windows Phones as iff the screen was finally merged with the glass (no be air gap between the two). The Titans build quality is simply the best I have ever seen on any HTC device. The aluminum body is really solid and the whole thing is perfectly crafted. 4.7″ is definitely on the huge size but if you love this kind of stuff that the Titan is for you. Only downside is that there’s no more kickstand which is a shame given that the handset’s huge screen would be perfect for long video viewing sessions.

HTC Titan vs Samsung Omnia 7:

The HTC Titan also packs the fast SoC currently certified for Windows Phone 7, the MS8255 clocked at 1.5Ghz (the same as in the HTC Flyer tablet). It will be intersting to see how it performs against the 1Ghz especially in 3D applications now that there no more 30fps limitation for XNA games and that from what I had noticed in my OpenGL benchmarks, the Adreno 205 GPU’s clockrate is linked to the CPU’s.

Both the HTC Titan and HTC Radar will include new HTC applications. among them are the HTC Watch video streaming and renting service that was first introduced on the HTC Flyer tablet, the return of the HTC footprints geolocalization app and a landscape HTC Sense dock UI that will automatically launch when the devices are plugged into there respective docking station which is plug into the device’s micro-usb connector on the side (also introduced in the HTC Flyer and sold separately). HTC has also implemented internet sharing on both devices (USB and WiFi Hotspot/ carrier specific)

Both the HTC Titan and HTC Radar cameras will now feature a panorama shooting similar to LG’s with the use of the device’s motion sensors and burst mode.

Finally both the HTC Titan and HTC Radar will be available on the first week of October in Europe (October 6 to be more specific). The HTC Titan price will be 599 euros ($855) unlocked and the HTC Radar price will be €399 unlocked. Don’t hesitate to ask questions in the comments section below!

  • Anonymous

    No HSPA+?  So this is basically still a 3G phone? :(

  • http://www.mobiletechworld.com MobileTechWorld

    The MSM8255 and MSM7230 support HSPA+

  • Anonymous

    Great!  I think I know what I’m getting for Christmas :)

  • http://www.mobiletechworld.com MobileTechWorld

    Ah! The build quality is simply awesome. Just wish it had a Super Amoled Plus panel though (viewing angles were nice though). Can’t wait to see what Samsung has to offer now.

  • Anonymous

    I pretty sure, this would be available on AT&T.. 

  • SyncQ

    What a disappointment, crappy specs, crappy benchmark results compared to older phones, old looks like every other HTC phone, all HTC ads point to the OS features and nothing special of their own, most of Mango “Amazing services” only available in US maybe UK and Canda Only, for what?  for aprrox. $850?!
    I think I’ll pass.
    I’m not a hater of HTC or WP7, in fact I own Omnia 7 and is my primary phone, but as great as it is, I’m only getting the features of any normal phone, so why bother! I have to admit though, it is sad and frustrating

  • Anonymous

    Isn’t it a Super LCD screen? I don’t think HTC has ever used Super Amoled Plus have they? That’s a Samsung screen.

  • Anonymous

    You do realize that WP runs far faster and smoother with these specs than Android does on higher specs, don’t you?

  • Anonymous

    Just a few questions. Can you confirm that this device uses NAND instead of SD-cards (as the current HTC WP do)?.
    From what I see, this is a oversized/overclocked Desire HD. Does the 200 € difference make “Sense” ? (pun intended)
    No “Pro” (= with keyboard) HTC Phone this time?

  • http://www.mobiletechworld.com MobileTechWorld

    No way to know about the NAND/SD storage without disassembling the device. The €200 price difference will probably be justified (by HTC) by the bigger and better SLCD panel, better camera,better build quality, thinner frame, andas you also noted the MSM8255 clocked at 1.5Ghz.

  • http://www.mobiletechworld.com MobileTechWorld

    Yup it’s SLCD and HTC did have regular AMOLED panel on some of their devices (Nexus One, Desire, Incredible) which where manufactured by Samsung. But Samsung later decided to stop supply OEMs with such panel and went exclusive with the Super AMOLED, Super AMOLED Plus and now HD Super AMOLED tech. The only OEM left with Samsung AMOLED panels is Nokia who later tweeks it with it’s Clear Black glass bonding tech (the Dell Venue Pro was another phone with a regular PenTile AMOLED panel from Sammy too).

  • SyncQ

    Yeah thats I know already. But tell me what’s new or innovative in that phone? the Big Screen? it’s not Super AMOLED, so its not really good the way i want.
    Anyway, your argument is far far from what im talking about.

  • http://twitter.com/bkwmiata Brian Washington

    So in other words you want a faster processor because you think it’s cool. You’re battery won’t agree.

  • http://twitter.com/ErrorholicDev Errorholic

    did you think the SLCD finally have a very good black? also you can’t see any pixel even with 4.7? did you test any internet page with text?

  • http://www.mobiletechworld.com MobileTechWorld

    The resolution didn’t seem to be a problem at all. Blacks will unfortunately never be on the same level as an AMOLED panel though but the colors and viewing angles were top notch (as you can see at the end of my short hands on video above).

  • SyncQ

    I don’t want a faster processor, and would be cool if it makes my phone works better. My point is that the sepcs of the phone does not justify the high price. Although maybe wrong, but lets put the software (OS) aside for a moment, for the hardware, you can get the same or even better specs with a lesser price, now add in the OS (Mango, which is a FREE update from MS and will be pushed to first wave WP7 devices as well) and you get a $850 phone? Why? The device does not even make you WOW about it, and such high pricing strategy will not pay off. HTC is getting greedy on the behalf of the goodness of the OS.
    One question aside, have you tried Mango RTM on a first wave device? sure the 1 Ghz processor is not enough as there are some obvious performance and stability issues. Which leads to the fact that one would consider buying a new device to get the most out of Mango Hardware support and other services, but for a $850?
    Hope Samsung will not be following the same strategy.

  • Anonymous

    so…it’s exactly like the Thunderbolt but with Windows. 
    Look at http://img851.imageshack.us/img851/1074/htcthunderboltreview214.jpg 

  • Anonymous

    OEMS are differentiating themselves with software. DLNA, HTC Video store, Attentive phone app, etc. If its one thing samsung does well is writing custom shells and apps. HTC is, at this point, going to be the superior OEM till Nokia comes up with their own stuff. HTC is doing it right.

  • http://smover.wordpress.com/ smover

    I tried the HTC Titan last week and :
    - the screen is REALLY impressive, huge and very bright, while the device not being a lot bigger than an Omnia 7. To browse the web, watch a video or play games it is blowing away !
    - It’s a good S-LCD, which means less darker ‘black’ color but lot more brightness (my Focus looked so weak on this aspect when i put it side by side with the Titan) and real ‘white’ color.
    - It’s even faster than the Omnia 7 (Mango) in menus, which means something…
    - It’s very thin, so you don’t see it as being enormous in hand. Ir holds better than a Desire HD for exemple !
    - The Camera is GREAT (better than iPhone 4S one BTW), which wasn’t the case in first generation WP7 devices. HTC did a great job there, and this is a challenge to Nokia future WP :)

    The Titan is clearly unbeatable today if you want the biggest possible screen in a small package ! This device should sell a lot more than the HD7 and it’s horrible plastic finish.

  • http://smover.wordpress.com/ smover

    A better screen and a better camera ?

    You have higher res screen available, but none are mind blowing as this one ! Colors on the Titan are ‘real’ which is not the case on all AMOLED/S AMOLED/HD S AMOLED you can see on the Samsung camp (I have a Focus btw). This 4.7″ size in the slim form-factore or the Titan makes it a killer device to me !  

    The only better camera available is the Nokia N8 ones, but it’s Symbian…

  • http://smover.wordpress.com/ smover

    Wrong : the Titan has been duplicated by HTC as the Sensation XL, but it was here first.
    I agree with you anyway that most HTC phones looks all the same.

  • Anonymous

    Dude, Yes I talking about them have the same bodily shape.. T-Bolt and Titan device shape are so AWESOME & Sexy! 

  • Anonymous

    I aqm glad Titan would be directly ATT.. YAY!