CES 2012: Windows Phone 7-Powered HTC Titan II Announced
- By Scott Bekker
According to AT&T, the phone carrier will carry the HTC Titan II with the Windows Phone OS in the next few months. The device, shown off at AT&T's Consumer Electronics Show keynote, will feature a 16-megapixel camera and LTE support.
The device is one of the first announced in what promises to be an action-packed Consumer Electronics Show for Windows Phone. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer reportedly has already been on stage during the AT&T keynote today, although his swan song keynote at CES doesn't happen until tonight.
The Titan, you may recall, is HTC's gargantuan smartphone. The display on the Titan is 4.7 inches, and the size will be the same for the Titan II.
The amount of megapixels in the camera, however, is doubled. Granted, megapixels alone is no indicator of quality. I've used 5-megapixel cameras on an HTC Trophy (Windows Phone), a Samsung Focus (Windows Phone) and an Apple iPhone 4, and the quality was mediocre, good and very good, respectively.
That said, the Titan II's titanic rear camera will come with a fast, wide-angle lens, image stabilization, a panorama mode and burst shot mode, among other features, indicating that HTC is paying attention to the optics.
What it does show is that the pace of Windows Phone device releases appears to be quickening. By Windows Phone standards, certainly, the first Titan was just released, and now there's a new one. Meanwhile, the device's LTE support on AT&T is an interesting wrinkle in the recent spat between Verizon and Microsoft over LTE support.
Scott Bekker is editor in chief of Redmond Channel Partner magazine.