We visited one of the distributors of HTC in the Philippines this afternoon to check out which units are on its way to the market. The HTC Desire Z is one of them and we spare no time getting a video to share with you.
We’ve actually posted photos of this unit (in the guise of the T-Mobile G2) which we spotted in Greenhills a couple of weeks ago.
I didn’t really liked it that time but on second look, I think the combination of the sliding full qwerty keyboard and the relative large touchscreen is a good trade-off for the thickness. As usual, pretty good and solid body construction. It feels a little heavy though since some parts of the body are made up of stainless steel.
HTC Desire Z
3.7â€³ Super LCD display screen @ 480×800 pixels
800MHz Qualcomm 7230 processor
1.5 GB internal
up to 32GB via microSD
HSDPA 7.2 Mbps, HSUPA 2 Mbps
GPS w/ aGPS support
FR Radio tuner
720p HD video recording
Android 2.2. Froyo
The qwerty keyboard is very nice and should attract Android fans who prefer physical keyboard over touch screen. The optical trackpad is large and and sticks out from the menu panel.
It’s got the same screen size as the original Desire at 3.7″ and while it’s not AMOLED (Super TFT), there’s no noticeable difference between the two. So is the speed and snappiness of the unit so even if it’s just 800MHz, works just as good as the 1GHz chip.
I’ve been told that the estimated retail price will be about Php33,490 though that’s not official yet.
The local PR of HTC has invited members of the media for the launching of the HTC Desire Z next week (November 23) so we’ll know how much one of these will really sell for. If you’re looking to get reservations, just head on to Top Electronics.