HTC Radar launches in the Philippines
HTC Philippines had a Christmas party and product launch for the members of the media this evening. One of the smartphones that they launched was the HTC Radar, a Windows Mango 7.5 powered smartphone. Amongst the three phones revealed that evening this one caught my attention the most primarily because I’ve been itching to dive into the Windows ecosystem again after finally breaking free from the strong grip of Apple on my techie-soul (currently playing in Android land).
The hardware design actually reminds me a lot of the HTC Desire S except that it’s color white and it runs Windows Mobile 7.5 Mango instead of Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
The HTC Radar packs a 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 Processor, 512MB RAM, and 8GB of storage. It has a spacious 3.8″ touch screen with 480×800 WVGA display (it’s bigger than the iPhone 4’s 3.5″ screen). For the camera it has a 5MP with F2.2 lens, LED Flash, and BSI sensor which helps in low-light scenarios. It can also record HD video (720p). Lastly it has a 1520 mAh battery which should be sufficient to last you through the day with regular usage.
What do all these numbers mean? It’s a solid phone. It’s not blazing fast but it will deliver the core functions as well as give you an enjoyable experience with your apps. The bigger screen will also let you enjoy your media more (videos/photos).
Now for the big question… how much? According to HTC Philippines the official SRP is Php21,500. Not a bad deal if you ask me! SMART will probably pick this up and offer it with their postpaid plans as well since HTC is one of their premiere hardware partners.
You’re probably thinking… Windows? Why not wait for the Nokia Lumia 800? I was thinking the same thing. However a Twitter friend of mine just said that this actually is better because it has a front-facing camera. You kinda can’t dispute that right? Lol.
Click here for Engadget’s review on the HTC Radar.