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HTC Desire HD vs. HTC HD7

We’ve got two similarly spec’ed smartphones with similar sizes and built but of different mobile OSes — the HTC Desire HD and the HTC HD7. So why the price difference?

HTC Philippines officially puts the MSRP of the HTC Desire HD at Php35,000 and the HTC HD7 at Php36,900. HTC then allowed resellers and retailers to set their own final price.

HTC HD7 specs:
4.3″ display @ 480×800 pixels
Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD8250 1 GHz processor
16GB internal storage
Bluetooth 2.1 w/ A2DP
802.11 b/g/n
5MP camera w/ dual-LED flash
720p video recording
GPS w/ aGPS support
Motion G-sensor
Proximity Sensor
Ambient Light Sensor
Li-Ion 1230 mAh
Windows Phone OS 7

HTC Desire HD specs:
4.3″ Super TFT display @ 480 x 800 pixels
1GHz Qualcomm 8255 Snapdragon CPU
1.5 GB internal
up to 32GB via microSD
HSDPA 7.2 Mbps, HSUPA 2 Mbps
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
GPS w/ aGPS support
FM Radio tuner
8MP camera with dual LED Flash
720p video recording
Li-Ion 1230mAh battery
Android 2.2. Froyo

If we review the specs-sheet, there are a few differences in terms of internal storage, camera megapixel and inclusion of microSD card slot.


Considering that Android OS is supposed to be free and that Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 comes with a premium license fee, it would only make sense that the Desire HD will be selling at a much lower price.

However, I’ve been checking the local stores and turns out the Desire HD is still at the Php34,990 level while the HTC HD7 already went down to Php29,990.

I think it’s all about supply and demand — looks like the Desire HD is the more preferred unit of the two and thus there’s no price adjustments yet for the handset. To make things worse, there’s a huge gap in the supply of the Desire HD.

I’ve been told only 50 units were delivered by HTC Philippines to resellers last December while the rest of the shipments will be coming in this January (another batch of 50 more). Once the new shipments come in, the price should go down a bit and level out at around 30+k while the HD7 will be pushed back a few thousand bucks more.

Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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36 Responses

  1. RLizardo says:

    I got an HTC Desire and love its cool features. Very good phone. Compared itwith a friends iphone 3g and my HTC is better. He was so jelous that now he plans to sell his iphone and get an HTC Desire HD. Now Im jelous.

  2. NemOry says:

    Ganda talaga HTC. .

  3. Jon says:

    WP7 has still yet to prove itself worthy in the smartphone market. I would understand it being sold at a lower price compared to a similar device running Android.

    However, I think that manufacturers are creating an artificial demand(?) for some Android devices by shipping less units. I suppose this gives them an excuse to jack up prices a bit? I mean, look at other countries, they sell unlocked phones around half the price compared to the ones being sold here.

  4. Suplado says:

    i can relate. ganito ako nung binili ko htc hd7 last dec 31. i was choosing between htc desire hd and the former pero umiral pa din pagkabias ko. i have na kc a motorola droid. actually, manong gave me the same price for both. amoled and a bit of ram lang yata lamang ng desire. medyo nakakapanghinayang kasi superb talaga amoled.

  5. Unless Samsung brings in the Nexus S or fix the nags with the Galaxy S, then I think its safe to say that HTC wins either way, or Apple loses.

  6. Suplado: You’re very mistaken about the Desire HD having an AMOLED screen. In fact, even the original Desire has long gone for SLCD and its impossible to find AMOLED brand new Desires (non-HD) anymore. There’s further debate as to whether the DHD only uses LCD rather than SLCD. I’m inclined to believe it only uses regular LCD.

  7. YuYu says:

    Wow! i like both phones. :S

  8. Calvin says:

    same here i think desire hd uses regular lcd as compared to slcd on the desire z.

  9. vince says:

    magkao bili mo sa Desire mo? I’ve been looking for the lowest price available and as of now I got 22.5k.
    Im planning to buy by the 3rd week eh. hopefully bumaba pa ng konti.

  10. Geko says:

    Only 50 units of Desire HD to be shipped this month? Please tell me this is a mistake. The more it gets delayed the more i’m losing interest in getting this phone, especially with the dual-core LG Optimus 2x on the horizon.

  11. Micks says:

    HTC Desire HD is SLCD. Screen reso is like the normal Desire, except the screen size is larger, so you don’t really get more space. It’s like Desire, zoomed in.

    Like Abe, I bought my HTC Desire at Singapore @ P21k. Desire HD goes for P23,300-ish. HD7 is P26,600. HUGE difference with RP prices.

    Sa bibili ng Desire HD na P35,000:
    If you can get a Cebu Pacific ticket at promo price, that’s P5,000 for a two-way ticket. Fly to SG na lang, buy your Desire HD there for P23k, be a tourist for one whole day, go shopping and eat, then fly back to RP at night. You get a new phone, a vacation, at may sukli ka pa!

  12. Micks says:

    Sorry, my bad, Desire HD is P25k pala at SG shops, not P23k. still cheap, pare.

  13. @Micks – Ah, but if your Desire HD gets broken (usual problems are the lcd and motherboard) then you’ll have to pay for parts and service here. That would cost around P15,000-20,000.

    Either that or go for another vacation abroad just to have your phone repaired (which could take weeks).

  14. Zorp says:

    I think the battery is too small for such big screens. I noticed sa youtube DHD battery videos na 3 hours on lang yung screen bat empty agad.

  15. Mat says:

    @Zorp While the battery could have been better, my experience with my DHD is significantly better. It has never cut out on me and it would last for much longer than others give it credit for. You can go to XDA developers and view the topic of DHD Philippines for the local discussions.

  16. Robin says:

    The Desire HD is listed at 29.9K at Cmkcellphones.

  17. wakocoke says:

    hahaha natawa ako dun sa trip to SG! practical nga naman :)

    on topic: i guess dual-core smartphone is the reason for an upgrade. konti lang pala halos difference ng desire sa desire hd

  18. Lucien Dominick G. Tiojanco says:


    While it is true that Google does NOT charge manufacturers to use Android as their OS, it is still more expensive to implement Android as an operating system compared to Windows Phone 7. You may want to do some research about how much exactly companies (including HTC) are paying Microsoft in royalties to use Android in order to avoid more costly legal battles due to patents the supposedly open-source and free operating system infringes on.




  19. riccillego says:


    i always make sure to buy gadgets locally for warranty purposes.touch screen are prone to dead pixels.mobile OSs are so vulnerable.so for peace of mind,i always opt to buy here. after a year or so,warranty expires,and so does my liking for the gadget.Gonna sell it then upgrade.

  20. lawrence m. says:

    woooohhh.. im buying my htc desire hd sa widgetcity.com.ph tommorow for only 27,000. excited na ko. :D

  21. lawrence m. says:

    I’m buying my desire hd tommorow in widgetcity.com.ph for 27,000. Im excited.

  22. Micks says:

    Good point about the warranty. I guess it doesn’t bother me since I’m not a permanent resident of the Philippines. I can’t avail of local warranty anyway..

    I wonder if HTC Singapore accepts FedEx-delivered phones for repair? Let me ask.

  23. joeyoliver says:

    Wait up for the next wave of phones coming out this February or March. They’re a whole generation better than the current phones in the market.

    The Xperia Arc is one of the latest handsets that have leaked even before announcement!

    Check it here.

  24. gg says:

    I’ll just wait for the xperia play! hehe.. para kakaiba nman android phone ko.

  25. realjarley says:

    both phones are great. kahit isa wala ako nyan..

  26. Suplado says:

    Awww! Thanks for the correction @ Alexei. My bad. I chose the best HTC phone for me then. Haha!

  27. Somnambulist says:

    San nag iinstall ang apps ng Android phones? Sa RAM ba? I have an HTC Desire (running on Froyo) and I can only install a very limited number of apps due to its memory storage limitations (even with Apps2SD already being utilized).

  28. Mat says:

    @Somnambulist If you are unable to install/transfer apps to your memory card its the fault of the program designer. Froyo above has the ability to install apps on both the phone memory and removable storage. You do not need Apps2SD. My wife has a Desire and she has little problems with newer apps.

  29. Jay says:

    share ko lang… sa Ambassador, Park Square 27.5k ang DHD

  30. carlo says:

    Share ko lang. Sa Baguio, Tiongsan Harrison Mall, 24,100 lang ang DHD. Kaso last piece na yung nabili ko for my gf.

  31. Jonathan says:

    Wow! Ganda! These are the two phones I’m thinking of buying now. Pwede malaman, which one do you advice me to buy? Medyo lito ako parehas kasi maganda para sa akin hehehe… salamat ng marami =)

  32. glenn says:

    anyone here knows the price of htc desire hd in taiwan?

    bka mura kc dun, htc is from taiwan

  33. carl says:

    im selling my HTC desire HD for P21k. I bougth it 2 weeks ako. Let me knw. 0917 979 9094

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