HTC announces Desire HD, EVO 4G’s international relative?

Desire-hd (1) Look quickly at the image on the right and you might mistake the newly unveiled HTC Desire HD, destined for Europe and Asia next month, as our beloved EVO 4G.

Don't be embarassed if you did. The handset is being referred to as "an EVO for the rest of the world" because of its 4.3-inch WVGA capacitive touchscreen, strikingly similar design, and nearly identical weight and dimensions, so I'm sure you're not the only one who just hurt the EVO's feelings. The Desire HD also features a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 8MP rear camera with dual LED flash, 720p recording capabilities, and microSD card slot.

It's the closest to an EVO that our European and Asian friends will be able to get locally, that's for sure, but it's definitely not an EVO. Minor cosmetic and CDMA/GSM differences aside, the Desire HD doesn't have a front-facing camera, 4G, HDMI out, or a kickstand, which are all important characteristics of the EVO. On the other hand, it has more storage (1.5GB ROM and 768MB RAM) and comes with the enhanced version of HTC Sense (which isn't necessarily a positive thing, depending on who you ask).

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The Desire HD's "EVO-ness" is not being pushed by HTC, so all of this "it's the EVO for Europe" business is just coming from the crazy internet, but what do you think?

I can certainly understand why people in Europe and Asia are excited about this phone, but I don't really like the "EVO for everyone else" thing. The EVO/Desire HD isn't the same as the Droid/Milestone.

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I won't be covering the Desire HD here for obvious reasons, but I had to acknowledge it because of all the EVO references.

[Press release | HTC] Thanks, Flora!

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