HTC announced two new Windows 7 smartphones today at IFA Berlin. The HTC Radar and HTC Titan look to be a couple of much-needed upgrades to the cadre of Windows 7 phones currently on the market. The Radar is a mid-tier phone catering to the style conscious with heavy social networking needs. The HTC Titan is another tablet-smartphone hybrid, like some others that have been announced at IFA 2011, sporting a 4.7” screen in a thin, lightweight body and featuring high-end display technology.
The HTC Radar’s style points come from the sleek look it gets from having been molded from a single piece of polished metal. It looks clean, but it’s what inside that counts. An interesting angle that HTC is taking with this, and the Titan, is an upgrade to the built-in camera. It’s not another unnecessary megapixel upgrade, either. The Radar includes an F2.2 lens and a BSI sensor, which makes photo quality a little closer to what is expected of a standard point-and-shoot. As mentioned before, the big sell with the Radar is its social networking capabilities. It uses Windows Phone ‘threads,’ which allow you to quickly switch back and forth between Facebook chat, text, and Windows Live Messenger. There’s also a dedicated ‘Me’ tile that focuses on ease of access to Facebook, Twitter, and the like. The People Hub acts as a contact aggregator. Everyone’s on your radar at all times – hence the name.
The HTC Titan is a smartphone-tablet hybrid with a 4.7” screen. The same camera technology that is included with the HTC Radar is included here, except the Titan features an 8 MP camera, compared to the 5 MP camera on the Radar. The Titan comes pre-loaded with an entertainment suite that includes Zune for music and XBOX Live for gaming. HTC Watch gives you on-demand access to Hollywood movies. The Titan also features a universal inbox for all of your email accounts, and has limited multi-tasking options, like listening to music while working on a document, or checking an email without exiting a game and losing your progress. The Titan is powered by a 1.5 GHz processor.
Neither of these offerings is exactly near flagship status, but the nice camera technology included might hold sway over the snap-happy among us. A slim, mobile phone taking point-and-shoot quality pictures would be undeniably convenient. Like the Samsung Note, we’ll have to see if the massive screen size of the Titan is a turn-off for smartphone users, like it has been in the past. Keep an eye out for more information about both of these upcoming HTC devices.