Qualcomm Adreno 205 vs Adreno 220 / HTC Sensation vs HTC Flyer, HTC Desire HD and Samsung Galaxy S

Here’s s quick compilation of benchmark results comparing the Qualcomm Adreno 205 GPU vs Adreno 220 GPU found in the HTC Sensation (as part of the MSM8260 SoC). The are several things to note here: First, the Adreno 205 found in the HTC Flyer and HTC Desire HD are most probably not clocked at the same speed (The MSM8255 is clocked at 1Ghz in the Desire HD compared to1.5Ghz in the HTC Flyer). Secondly, THe screen resolution are different on each handsets:

- HTC Desire HD: 800X480
- Samsung Galaxy S: 800×480
- HTC Sensation: 960×540
- HTC Flyer: 1024×600

Thirdly, the driver versions are obviously not the same on all devices so you shouldn’t take those results as granted, they are just an indication of how these GPUs stack up against each other in synthetic benchmarks. The now famous and awesome PowerVR SGX540 is also included in the mix. Check the results after the break:

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HTC Desire HD and HTC Incredible S Gingerbread updates pushed OTA

HTC has just started the OTA push of the Gingerbread /Android 2.3 updates for the HTC Desire HD and HTC Incredible S smartphones. Both devices will obviously retain the Sense UI but will finally features all the enhancements found in Gingerbread which was first introduced in January. So if you have a Deisre HD or Incredible S be prepared to be notified in the coming hours or days.

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HTC Pyramid shot in the wild

Here are the first blurry shots of HTC’s upcoming super high-end Android handset the HTC Pyramid. The device which is supposedly powered by Qualcomm’s latest MSM8260/MSM8660 SoC and its Adreno 220 GPU (see it in action here) looks similar to the renders we saw just a few days ago. The device is also said to feature a 4.3 qHD 960 x 450 screen (and a glasses less 3D one for the HTC EVO 3D). One more shot of the HTC Pyramid next to the Derise HD after the break:

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HTC Desire HD, Desire Z, Desire and Incredible S to receive Android 2.3 Gingerbread update in Q2 2011

Good news for all the current and future HTC owners who are eagerly waiting the official Gingerbread update for their device. HTC is said to be working on releasing it for the HTC Desire HD, HTC Desire Z, Desire and HTC Incredible S in Q2 2011.

“We are excited to announce that the HTC Desire HD, Desire Z, Desire and Incredible S will receive the Gingerbread update in Q2.”

The wording of the news isn’t really clear and I’m not even sure if it’s the original Desire or the upcoming Desire S which is going to get the Android 2.3 OTA update. It would definitely suck if the HTC Desire didn’t get it given the fact that it’s essentially an HTC branded Google Nexus One. On the other hand I would be surprised if the upcoming HTC Desire S didn’t receive the update either. An official statement from HTC is definitely need to clarify the situation (like a press release..).

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AT&T HTC Inspire 4G launching on February 13th

AT&T has just announced that it will start selling the HTC Inspire 4G on Sunday February 13th for $99 with a 2y/contract (why on Sunday?). The Inspire 4G is essentially just an AT&T branded version of the European HTC Desire HD so if you a looking for the best HTC device on the market this one’s for you even though this isn’t really a 4G phone (HSPA+ isn’t 4G as far as I am concerned. LTE and WiMax are…). Interestingly the handset is launching on the same day that Samsung is announcing the Samsung Galaxy S 2 and Samsung Tab 2. Full Press Release after the break:

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OpenGL ES 2.0 benchmark: Adreno 205 vs SGX540 / HTC Desire HD vs Samsung Galaxy S

GLBenchmark 2.0 has finally been released to the public today nearly 2 years after being unveiled during MWC 2008. The opportunity was too good so I decided to run it on the HTC Desire HD and Samsung Galaxy S to compare the Qualcomm’s Adreno 205 vs the Power SGX540. I did a chart (posted below after the break) so you can compare the full detailed results of both handsets and not only the overall score. This is really important because only looking at the overall results is actually a bit misleading in this case. As you probably already know the PowerVR SGX540 is currently the fastest mobile GPU currently available in retail devices and so far nothing has come close to it (besides the Tegra 2 which is pumping out results close to the Galaxy Tab in OGLES 2.0) but Samsung is currently the only OEM shipping handsets featuring this GPU. The newest entrant is the Adreno 205 which is part of the latest MSM8255 and MSM7X30 chipset from Qualcomm and used in several HTC devices. The Adreno 205 is an updated / tweaked version of the Adreno 200 found in the original QSD8250 chipset. Anyway check out the results below:

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HTC Desire HD vs Samsung Galaxy S vs Samsung Omnia 7 camera comparison

Time for another camera comparison! This time I’m comparing the video capture quality of the HTC Desire HD versus the Galaxy S and Omnia 7. So how does it look like? Well just take a look at the video embedded after the break. The Desire HD image quality is really muddy and has that trademarked HTC purple tint to it. Framerate is consistent in board daylight (30fps in this video, but it can go as low as 5fps indoors!). HTC just can’t seem to get cameras right. My guess is that they are using relatively low end sensors because there’s no reason why the MSM8255 can’t capture great quality videos and it has been shown that with the WP7 devices that with the same chipset (the QSD8250) in all handsets only HTC couldn’t sustain consistent framerates when encoding videos (compared to Samsung and LG who have it locked at 24fps). The only save grace here is that auto-focus which works without much problem: you can focus anywhere you want while shooting a video just by taping on the screen (similar to when you shoot pictures). Anyway, the best one out of the three here is, in my opinion, the Galaxy S (even though its auto-focus is super slow and sometimes doesn’t trigger at all..) followed by the Omnia 7 which still suffers from abnormally high shutter speeds in outdoors situations (this is why the video looks choppy even though the frame rate is locked at 24fps!).

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Video hands-on with the HTC Desire HD Rom on the HTC HD2

I’ve just finished shooting a short hands-on video of the recently released HTC Desire HD Rom for the HTC HD2. You will see that it runs relatively smoothly (it isn’t super fast but no slow either) and that all the major functionalities of the OS are up and running. I should point out that the browser is still buggy and crashes 90% of the time on my HTC HD2 after a few minutes (I can no longer load any page on pan/zoom/navigate). Wifi still isn’t working (on my handset) and the Camera isn’t supported either (but the flash works). Also keep in mind that it takes a while to boot the OS for the first time (nearly 10 minutes and that it isn’t supper responsive afterwards either (it can sometimes take up to 10 secs to come out of sleep when I hit a hardware button). The Battery is drained super fast too. Check it out after the break:

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HTC Desire HD Rom for the HTC HD2 released and video walkthrough

This is bloody awesome especially for all the HTC HD2 users out there who just can’t stand Windows Mobile 6.5 anymore. DarkStone1337 over at XDA-Devs has just released a modified HTC Desire HD Rom (the one leaked earlier) for the HTC HD2 and posted a 14 minutes long video showing the whole thing in action. Some features are currently broken but you can see that it’s already running smoothly as if it was on an HTC Desire HD.

HTC Desire HD build for HTC HD2 by darkstone (Beta 2):

Easier to list whats NOT working:

- Camera (app closes itself)
- Ebook reader (E-Books do not open)
- Ringtones (Unable to select a ringtone, get a force close error)
- Video playback from SD card is slow, needs rectifying
- LED Notifications are bizzare, sometimes they work and sometimes they don’t

// Creates a 1gb data.img (takes a long time to make on first boot, be patient. No, the HD2 has not crashed despite what the screen looks like! Wait 10 minutes or so.)
// Don’t worry about FB console not showing, that’s normal
// This shouldn’t really be considered as a build for daily usage, still experimental

// Copy the Android folder to SD card, run CLRCAD.EXE and haret.exe on your HD2

Check the video after the break:

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First HTC Desire HD Rom leaks with early Adreno 205 results

It didn’t take long before the first HTC Desire HD rom found its way on xda-devs. It’s been only 2 days since the official announcement and Dealer75 has already dumped the rom from pre-retail device. Head over to the source link to grab the file if you care about this kind of stuff.

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HTC Desire HD and HTC Desire Z walkthrough video

Here’s the official promo walkthrough video of the HTC Deisre Z and HTC Desire HD handsets that were announced today. This 6 minutes long video will show first start with a hardware tour of both devices that is followed up by a demo of the new Sense UI features (Camera,e-book etc…) Check it out after the break:

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HTC Desire HD Specifications

HTC has just officially unveiled the HTC Desire HD which can be simply described as the European version of the HTC EVO 4G (without the Wimax Radio) because the hardware specification of the device are identical (besides the SLCD panel). Update: Well it looks like the device apparently features the new MSM8255 SoC (with the Adreno 205 GPU)! This will hopefully be the chipset used by HTC for the Windows Phone 7 devices. Similar to the HTC Desire Z, the Desire HD will also be sporting Android 2.2 with the new Sense UI once it hits retail (and Vodafone) on October 13th. One of the newest addition is the face Recognition feature implemented in the camera software like the original HTC Desire ( Dobly and SRS surround sound + DLNA have also been added) but I guess that this will also finds it way in the US devices sooner or later. Specs after the break:

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Verizon’s HTC EVO / Desire HD emerges in the wild

It now looks like Verizon may be getting its own version of the HTC EVO 4G pretty soon based on a couple leaked pictures. The device definitely looks like it belongs to the 4.3″ family which was introduced to the world nearly a year ago with the HTC HD2. The design seems to be a mix between the EVO 4G (kickstand) and the upcoming HTC Desire HD.

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T-Mobile G2 aka HTC Vision Desire Z in the wild

One more leak for the day. This time it’s the T-Mobile G2 aka HTC Vision aka HTC Desire Z. The device is obviously owned by the same person who just leaked Samsung Cetus shots (the picture were taken on the same desk / table). Nothing to fancy that we haven’t seen before, the design and colors look a bit similar to the recently seen HTC Schubert / Mozart. The T-Mobile G2 is obviously an Android powered device and should feature the same specifications as all the current high-end Android handsets on the market (Snapdragon SoC at 1GHz, 3.7″ screen etc..) . More pictures after the break:

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HTC Launch Event on Spetember 15th

HTC is now sending out invitations for a press event on Spetember 15th taking place in London. Remember I already talked about this event last week (here and here) and speculated that this will mainly be about Android devices. Now check out the invitation above really closely and you will notice the HTC Desire HD hinding in the fume effect (you can clearly see the camera in the middle). Stay tuned…

HTC Desire HD revealed in video

Looks like my Italian folks at SoloPalmari are on roll today. After posting the first ever video of the HTC Schubert WP7 handset they have also revealed the HTC Desire HD in all its glory in a similar video. The device looks nearly identical to the HTC HD2: same port placement with the micro usb and head-phone jack at the bottom, same Dual-LED flash next to the camera but has capacitive touch buttons similar to the HTC EVO 4G. Unfortunately there’s no HDMI-out in sight which is rather disappointing for a device with HD in the name (and can record 720P video). Check it out below:

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HTC Desire HD spotted in the wild

The HTC leaks aon’t stopping this week and her’s the first live picture of the HTC Desire HD . The device whiwh is apparently located in Hon Kong looks similar to the HTC HD2 or HTC EVO 4G and feature a 4.3″ screen, 720P video capture with an 8Mpix camrea, Android 2.2 and  4GB of internal flash memory. As we have seen earlier the Desire HD also known as the HTC Ace is scheduled to launch on Vodafone in the coming months/weeks and should be announced on September 14th.

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The HTC Ace will be the HTC Desire HD and the HTC Vision the HTC Desire Z

 

According to the picture above from Vodafone’s stocks system the HTC Ace will retail in Europe as the HTC Desire HD and the HTC Vision will be the HTC Desire Z. You will also notice that the new batch of HTC Desires with the SLCD screen are referred to as the HTC Desire Super TFT. HTC is expected to announce a couple of new products on September 14 so we will have to wait a little bit before getting any confirmation.

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HTC Vision in the wild again and headed to T-Mobile as the HTC G1 Blaze

We already knew that the HTC Vision was going to be on T-Mobile’s rosterthis fall and the picture above finally confirms it (see the T-mobile logo?). According to Engadget’s tipster the Vision will probably be known as the G1 Blaze when it finally hits retail later this year. Nothing new has been spilled though. The 3.7″ screen will either be AMOLED or SLCD and the qwerty keyboard definitely looks spacious enough to be usable. Good to see Android devices with hardware keyboards after the avalanche of touchscreen only devices in the past months. The HTC Vision / G1 Blaze will go head to head against the Motorola Droid 2 and Samsung Epic 4G.

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