Telus announced today it will be selling the HTC Desire in Canada, but no word on the launch date. It looks like neither Rogers nor Bell will sell the HTC Desire, in case you prefer either of those carriers to Telus. Previously, the only other HTC Android smartphone on Telus was the HTC Hero. Let’s recap the specs on the HTC Desire, because it’s a solid device that I’m sure will interest many Canadians.
It features a 3.7 inch WVGA 800×480 touch screen, 1 GHz Snapdragon Processor, Bluetooth 2.1, 5MP camera, 8GB microSD card included, WiFi, HTC Sense, and it runs Android 2.1. The HTC Desire is going to be upgraded to Android 2.2 sometime in Q3 which should enhance the Desire. No word on pricing just yet either, but I’m sure the phone will launch sometime this summer in Canada.
Full press release below:
TELUS answers Canada’s smartphone craving with the Award Winning HTC Desire
The hottest handset of 2010 to launch only at TELUS
Toronto, ON – TELUS today announced a powerful addition to its leading 3G+ Android powered device portfolio with the upcoming HTC Desire, named Hottest Handset of 2010 at Mobile Magazine’s 2010 Mobile Industry Awards.
Boasting a large, crisp touchscreen, the HTC Desire is the perfect Android powered smartphone to stay connected to social networks, access the most popular Google apps, such as free Google Navigation and YouTube and personalise by choosing from over 50,000 apps (applications) in the Android Market. Multiple social networks – such as Twitter, Facebook, and Flickr are easy to follow and update in a single view with HTC’s Friend Stream app. Users can expect a more vivid view of rich web pages just like at home with Flash support for embedded videos on the brilliant touchscreen and the ability to navigate with double-tap, and pinch and zoom. The 3.7” capacitive touchscreen and powerful 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, combined with HTC Sense and the ultra-fast speed of TELUS’ 3G+ network, make this smartphone incredibly responsive.
“With social media being an essential part of the way Canadians communicate and stay informed, TELUS is committed to bringing them some of the best smartphones available on the market to answer that need,” said David Fuller, Chief Marketing Officer at TELUS. “The HTC Desire is not only the perfect smartphone to stay in the know of everything that is going on around you, it’s also the ideal device to experience Canada’s fastest mobile network* that covers 93 per cent of Canada’s population.”
“Beginning last year with HTC Hero and continuing with the HTC Desire today, we have worked closely with TELUS to bring cutting-edge Android devices to Canadian customers,” said Jason Mackenzie, vice-president of HTC America. “Both of these devices feature the acclaimed HTC Sense™ experience, an intuitive mobile framework that puts people, not technology, in the centre of everything.”
Additionally, the HTC Desire features:
• Android 2.1 ( clair) with HTC Sense
• Access to over 50,000 applications from Android Market
• Seven homescreen panels to customize with tons of prealoaded live widgets, apps and live wallpapers
• HTC Friend Stream app and widget to get consolidated updates from Facebook, Twitter and Flickr
• 3.7” , WVGA 800 x 480 capacitive touchscreen
• 5 megapixel camera with flash and video capture
• Expandable memory up to 32 GB (8 GB microSD card included)
• Bluetooth 2.1
• Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n
Please visit telusmobility.com/smartphone for additional information.
*Comparing TELUS HSPA+ network service to Rogers HSPA+ network service, based on TELUS’ tests of data throughput speeds in large Canadian urban centres. Internet access speed provided by the network operator may vary due to the device being used, network congestion, distance from the cell site, local conditions and other factors. Speed on the Internet is beyond the wireless network operator’s control and may vary with your configuration, Internet traffic, website server and management policies, and other factors.