HTC has thrown its hat into the Windows Phone ring with another round of top-notch smartphones, this time kitted out with Microsoft’s latest software, Mango. We’ve already met the HTC Radar so the time has now come to turn our attentions to the Taiwanese manufacturer’s flagship Mango device, the HTC TITAN.
We had an early version of the TITAN to test run so we didn’t get a chance to delve beneath the surface too much, but they always say it’s first impressions that count and the TITAN, like the mythological deities that inspired its name, looks set to go down in history.
Most flagship smartphones have a striking element about them and you don’t have to dig deep to find out what gives the TITAN top dog status as it sports a monster 4.7-inch Super LCD touchscreen – the largest display on any Windows Phone device. HTC has blessed the TITAN with a smart aluminium unibody design – something we’ve also seen on other recent handsets from the company – but its large build does make it a tad heavy at 160 grams. However, HTC has done a commendable job of managing to cram plenty of technology into a slim 9.9mm body.
Under the TITAN’s hood lies a 1.5GHz processor, but with dual-core smartphones all the rage these days, it’s a shame that the TITAN’s offering is a single-core job. That said, it keeps Mango ticking over nicely allowing for a smooth ride through the user interface. In typical Windows Phone fashion, the TITAN comes with 16GB of internal memory, although sadly there’s no additional microSD card slot on offer. The spec line-up also includes 512MB of RAM, an 8 megapixel camera with dual LED flash and 720p video recording, a front-facing 1.3 megapixel snapper, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and a microUSB port.
Firing up the HTC TITAN, and we’re greeted with the same live tile interface that we first encountered on Windows Phone 7 last year. Delving a little deeper into Mango uncovers a host of new, improved features including improved multitasking and tweaks to the Hubs, most noticeably in the People Hub which now integrates all your social networking entities. Internet Explorer 9 is the browser of choice for all new Mango devices and comes with hardware accelerated graphics plus HTML5 support.
Even though Microsoft restricts manufacturers from tweaking the user interface, HTC has flavoured the TITAN with some of its HTC Sense goodness via the HTC Hub. In here, you’ll be able to view realtime animated weather forecasts as well as updates of the latest stocks and headlines. Movie buffs will also be able to take advantage of the built-in HTC Watch service which allows users to download films from the varied selection offered for a fee.
That’s about it for now and although our time with the HTC TITAN may have been short, it was certainly sweet. Its larger than life display may not be everyone’s cup of tea but it certainly enhances the overall user experience and its equally as impressive whether you’re web browsing, editing Office documents or watching a film. We’ll be giving the TITAN the proper Dialaphone treatment when a final version lands on our desks, so keep checking back for the full review.