One of the most highly anticipated smartphones since it was unveiled, HTC has announced that the HD2 is now shipping in Taiwan and the European markets. It will also become available throughout Asia in the coming month. Notably for our US-based readers, the company has confirmed the handset's availability for the US market in early 2010 with a major US carrier rumored to be T-Mobile.
Viewed by many as the latest ace in the Windows Mobile family in the onslaught of Android and the iPhone, the HD2 features many firsts for a WinMo smartphone. These include a 4.3" capacitive touch screen supporting multi-touch gestures, the HTC Sense user interface, and a 1GHz Snapdragon processor powering it all in a very slim, sleek package. The team over at Engadget have a brief hands-on feature with lots of great photos that I'm sure anyone who's interested in the HD2 has already viewed multiple times.
Although personally I have been less interested in WinMo devices in the past, there is no doubt that the HD2 is a very compelling piece of hardware with awesome specifications, especially with the Sense UI greatly streamlining the user experience and that stunning multi-touch screen. The smartphone space is getting increasingly interesting and competitive with the Motorola Droid, Xperia X10 and HTC HD2 joining the fray, and based on the announcement it sounds like the X10 and HD2 will be going head-to-head come Q1 2010. We would love to hear your thoughts on which one takes your interest!