Kudos to HTC for taking time with producing their official walkthrough videos - they are usually superb, to say the least.
The video HTC posted today showcasing the upcoming Desire HD with the updated Sense UI is no exception. Over 7 minutes of high quality, narrated video is awaiting you below - just hit play, adjust the stream to 720p HD, kick back, and watch:
Based on a tweet by Cyanogen, the G2 isn't going to be sporting another rehash of the Snapdragon family of chipsets that has come to dominate HTC devices for the past 6 months.
You may remember back in November of 2009 (or maybe not, I didn't) that Qualcomm demoed an updated family of chipsets for mobile multimedia devices. The name of that chipset is the remarkably catchy MSM7X30 (really has a ring to it, no?), and it's bringing a little more to the table than its predecessors.
No longer should Nexus One owners be jealous of their HTC Desire brethren. We’ve seen High-Defon the N1 before, and thanks to the continued hard work of Charan Singh and Cyanogen over at XDA-Developers, 1280 x 720 recording has finally come to an AOSP version of Froyo 2.2. The update.zip will only work for CyanogenMod versions greater than RC2, but it is expected to be ported to the popular LeoFroyo ROM and, who knows, maybe even the stock version of N1 Froyo in the future. There are still some bugs in the software, but these should be ironed out over the coming days.
Many blogs and websites have reported over the past several days that an OTA update was coming for the Droid Incredible which included the following updates:
720p video recording (sweeeeeeet!)
Verizon’s mobile hotspot app
Integrated Skype app
Cool new “Droid” boot animation
For the record, I’ve had my Incredible since the beginning of May and have seen only one minor update (update 1) since then. Apparently, this most recent OTA was a "rolling" update and was supposed to hit Incredible owners over the last week or so.
Earlier this week I've covered EVO 4G's photo (8MP) and HD video taking (720p) capabilities with beautiful shots and videos of Paris.
I could leave the subject alone, but you see, after Paris, I went to the south of France - Nice, Monaco, Monte Carlo, and other beautiful towns. I then fell in love with Monte Carlo and shot some videos and more photos of it with the EVO, which I can't not share with you, right on EVO's launch day.
Since I've already reviewed and discussed the camera and camcorder features and flaws in the previous 2 posts linked above, I'm not going to include them here - just enjoy the EVO and the beautiful scenery.
As before, I'll start with some details and thoughts and end with the videos themselves. Switch the Youtube player to the 720P mode if you want to see them at max quality.
Camera Details And Performance
I was very excited to finally own a device that can take HD videos, as the next best thing I owned was an old Canon SD450 which shot in questionable quality and relatively low resolution, so I jumped on the EVO's camcorder capabilities like fat Parisian kid on a bag of Parisian pastries (I suck at fat jokes).
Samsung Galaxy S Pro. That's a mouthful. It is also a beauty (supposedly...the picture below is just a render).
According to the legendary Eldar Murtazin, the editor of Mobile-Review and a well respected tech journalist, Samsung's going to be tacking on a keyboard to the already lustworthy Galaxy S. Because none of the good things in life are free, the privilege to have actual keys to pound on while you're definitely not texting and driving (really officer, I wasn't) will cost you additional 50 Euros (That's around $67 for those of us in the States).
The keyboard is really just the icing on the cake Eclair.
HD video is more CPU intensive than plain standard definition, but the 1GHz Snapdragon processor is barely breaking a sweat. For comparison, the HTC Hero with its 528MHz processor can barely play average quality videos, even ones it itself recorded, and stumbles every few seconds.
This Changes Everything
You are now (OK, fine, a few months from now) holding a device in the palm of your hand that replaces your DVD player, your Bluray player (95% of the people won't notice the difference between 720P and 1080P), and your media PC.
Here is the long awaited announcement from Sprint/HTC - the Supersonic name is no more and the phone is now called EVO 4G.
It will be released this summer, so roll your tongues back up, pick up your jaws and prepare for the painful wait. Get ready to be taunted by the HTC HD2 (which is very similar but running WinMo) owners, and coming out any day now.
Here are the specs of this monster. It is, indeed, the most impressive phone to day:
1GHz Snapdragon QSD8650 CPU
a 4.3" TFT screen, 480x800 resolution
TWO cameras - 8MP on the back and 1.3MP on the front
DUAL flashes on the back - I got to see what that looks like on the HD2 and it's really blinding
720P video playback and recording using the rear camera and HDTV connectivity via HDMI through an adaptor
1GB internal storage
8GB MicroSD card included, expandable to 32GB
WiMax/4G with support for 8 concurrent users
Proximity, light, gyro sensors, digital compass, GPS
Bluetooth 2.1 A2DP + EDR
a kickstand - interesting, that's a new and lightweight way of making your phone stay upright - great for watching videos on the huge screen
Android 2.1 with HTC Sense
Dimensions: 4.8" x 2.6" x 0.5" (122mm x 66mm x 13 mm)
Weight: 6 ounces
Here are some pictures and videos, courtesy of Engadget and Sprint: