New HTC phones for South Africa in April


HTC fans across the country will rejoice at the news that the smartphone maker will be releasing two new models in South Africa on April 12, 2010.

The phones in question are the Legend and Desire.

Here's a little overview of each phone:

HTC Legend
The Legend, the smaller of the two new phones, has a 600MHz processor, and runs the Android 2.1 operating system. It also sports HTC's Sense user interface. Furthermore, it is constructed as a unibody design, which will certainly aid its durability (speaking from experience of owning a MacBook unibody, this type of design is really strong.)

HTC Desire
The Desire is the more powerful mobile, sporting an impressive 1GHz processor, and is said to be comparable to the Google Nexus One phone. What's really cool about this phone is its 3.7" AMOLED screen, providing vivid colours on a good-sized display. It has a 5 megapixel camera, and also runs Android 2.1.

At the moment, it's unclear which South African carrier will be selling these phones, but as they've been available via Vodafone in the UK, it's likely that VodaCom will push it into our market come April 12.

The Legend and Desire will be pivotal to HTC's success in this BlackBerry and iPhone-dominant market. HTC, once the prime provider of smartphones for the professional sector, lost ground when Apple's iPhone launched in 2008, a stylish phone that seemed to offer so much more (in typical Apple style, of course), than what HTC had. Thus, this pairing of an HTC mobile with the more open-ended Android platform, will hopefully help the phone maker to regain its lost ground. Look out for the two models, April 12.

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