HTC Legend Announced, Makes Extra Sense


Push another paper from the “rumor” filing cabinet into the one marked “official” – the HTC Legend just got official at the HTC Press Conference at Mobile World Congress 2010. There aren’t very many surprises here – but the unmistakeably Hero-ish look of the Legend, combined with the equally bold uniqueness make it a handset worth extra yearning.

As we’ve told you before, the handset is a boldly modified HTC Hero on the design side with slight upgrades on the spec side. A few interesting facts to note – the aluminum body of the HTC Legend is made from one solid piece of aluminum, a feature that adds to its beauty, sturdiness and overall weight/feel. There are also improvements on the HTC Sense side with a new “Friend Stream”, 7 home screens and a pinch-to-zoom “aerial” view of all 7 screens at once for easy access.

Stay tuned as hands-on pictures and videos are sure to emanate from the interwebz. For now check out the full press release which was a joint announcement along with the HTC Desire:

HTC Legend and HTC Desire take Android 2.1 to a new level with HTC Sense

BARCELONA, Mobile World Congress – February 16, 2010 – HTC Corporation, a global designer of smartphones, today introduced an enhanced HTC Sense experience that will be available on two new smartphones that take Android to the next level, the HTC Legend and HTC Desire.

“At its essence, the mobile phone is the most personal item you have in your possession. HTC Sense was created to magnify your ability to create and define your own unique mobile experience,” said Peter Chou, chief executive officer of HTC Corporation. “HTC Legend and HTC Desire take Android to another level in both substance, with HTC Sense, and style, with HTC Legend’s revolutionary crafted aluminum unibody design.”

HTC Sense

HTC Sense is a user experience focused on putting people at the centre by making phones work in a more simple and natural way. This experience revolves around three fundamental principles that were developed by observing and listening to how people live and communicate. These core tenets of Make It Mine, Stay Close and Discover the Unexpected continue to be the key to the new HTC Sense experience.

The new HTC Sense experience continues to focus on improving your interactions with your most important people. This begins with a new HTC application and widget called HTC Friend Stream that seamlessly aggregates all of your social communication including Facebook, Twitter, and Flickr into one organised flow of updates. This simple aggregation makes it easier than ever to focus on what friends are doing as well as to view the images and links that they share. In addition to Friend Stream, people can be organised into specific social circles, such as groups of friends, colleagues or any other way that makes sense.

The new HTC Sense experience also introduces broad improvements to applications including the browser, email client and others. In addition, the new version of HTC Sense includes a new newsreader application and widget, as well as a new seven-screen ‘Leap’ thumbnail view for quick and easy access to specific screens.

HTC Legend

Built around a newly enhanced HTC Sense, the HTC Legend boasts a unique design with a smooth, continuous surface, machined from a single aluminum block into a seamless compact frame. To complement its looks, the HTC Legend includes a stunning 3.2 inch, AMOLED HVGA display. The traditional trackball has also been replaced with an optical joystick, surrounded by a narrow button to improve usability without interrupting its unique design.

HTC Desire

HTC Desire is the richest way to visually experience news, friends, photos, favourite places and whatever else is important on a mobile phone. With one of the most advanced displays available on a phone today, HTC Desire is designed with a large 3.7 inch AMOLED WVGA display to enhance and maximise content, whether it is pictures and videos, browsing the Web or checking on friends’ status updates. HTC Desire is powered by a one gigahertz Snapdragon processor and is Adobeâ Flashâ 10.1 ready. As with the HTC Legend, the HTC Desire also includes an optical joystick.

Patrick Chomet, Group Director of Terminals for Vodafone said, “HTC is a valued partner for Vodafone and has made a strong contribution to the growth of the mass market appeal of smartphones. Vodafone endeavours to offer our customers the widest and most compelling choice of smartphones and to that end the HTC Legend, the HTC Desire and the HTC HD mini will be ranged in selected Vodafone markets across our footprint. I’m particularly pleased that through our collaboration with HTC, Vodafone customers will experience a differentiated experience on the HTC Legend which will come customised for them with pre-loaded Vodafone 360 Internet services.”


The new HTC Legend will be available in Europe through Vodafone and in the direct channel beginning in April. It will roll out to other parts of the world including Asia in early Q2. HTC Desire will be broadly available to customers across major European and Asian markets in early Q2. The HTC Desire will be exclusively available in Australia through Telstra. The enhanced HTC Sense experience will also be offered as a free upgrade on the HTC Hero in Europe and Asia.

What do you think about these two announcements?

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  1. Only worth it if you don’t already have a Hero. Hero owners won’t really be missing out on anything much

  2. Both the Legend and Desire are looking very nice although as Biffy points out above they arent going to attract many existing hero users especially as it looks like they are getting all the Sense enhancements in due course anyways.

    Looking forward to seeing the pinch-to-zoom home screen view in action. Heres hoping HTC have managed to getting it running smoothly even when all your homescreens have shortcuts/widgets on!

  3. except the unibody…
    i like the design, it’s just a shame the hardware isn’t really up to date.

  4. The hardware doesn’t look too bad. And if the price is equal to the hardware…

  5. Hum… T-Mobile USA ? … hum.. I think not.

  6. After having the DROID I don’t think that I could go back to a smaller screen, even a 3.2 inches. I do like the look of the Legend over the Desire though. What processor is in the Legend?

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