This successor to the popular HTC Desire Android smartphone, the 4.3-inch SLCD screen with a 480x800 screen resolution is larger than its predecessor's 3.7-inch display. This means it will be a larger handset than the HTC Desire. HTC says the HTC Desire HD is crafted from a single block of aluminium, similar to the HTC Legend.

The HTC Desire HD is powered by a 1GHz ARM-based processor (8255 Snapdragon). It comes equipped with an 8MP camera with dual-LED flash, 720p HD video recording and Dolby Mobile sound. It has 1.5 GB of internal memory, along with a micro-SD memory card slot that supports cards of up to 32GB in size.

In addition to these hardware features, the HTC Desire HD benefits from the latest 2.2 "Froyo" version of Google Android OS which adds full Flash support, built-in wireless tethering and the ability to store third party apps on your SD card, in addition to a range of other improvements.

The HTC Desire HD is one of the first HTC smartphones to benefit from HTC's new Sense software. Enhancements include a shorter boot up time (10 seconds), cached map data for faster rendering of maps (along with a digital compass built into the map), and DLNA support for connection to compatible televisions. HTC has also launched HTCSense.com, a set of desktop-based services largely centred on backup and security. You can locate your phone on a map if it is stolen, remote lock or wipe the handset and archive contacts, text messages and call history.

There is a security function in this, in that people can easily lock or locate a missing phone, forward calls and texts to another phone, send a message to the phone to arrange its return or even remotely wipe all personal data from it. And with HTCSense.com all the HTC Sense enhancements can be ported to a new phone handset - so long as it is an HTC model.

The HTC Desire HD is due to be released in the UK on October 11.

OUR VERDICT

The HTC Desire HD is an Android smartphone equipped with a 4.3-inch touchscreen, attractive aluminium casing, and the latest 2.2 "Froyo" version of Google's Android OS. It runs neck and neck with the Samsung Galaxy S, so expect it to fly off the shelves.