HTC Titan II preview: 16 megapixel camera, 4G LTE Windows Phone


    HTC Titan II is making waves in tech world. It is coming with 16 megapixel camera and the first 4G LTE phone on Windows Phone

    HTC has showcased the second upgrade to its famous Titan Windows Phone handset, the Titan II at the Developer Summit 2012. HTC CEO Ralph De la Vega unveiled Titan II, the first 4G LTE Windows Phone handset, which will be carried by AT&T in the U.S. However, the notable feature with the Titan II will be its 16-megapixel rear camera. Well, the Titan II can replace your digital camera with some high end camera features. Read on to know more about the upcoming Titan II.

    HTC Titan II camera potentials
    Yes, Titan II will be known for its camera features rather than anything else. The Taiwanese tech maker has been identified for many of its camera friendly handsets. It has myTouch Slide on T-Mobile, which amazed us with great image quality and a set of advanced shooting features. It also has the Amaze on the same carrier. The handset added the new BurstShot and some extra shooting modes. Remember both devices run Google Android.

    The company is now to roll out an advanced camera centric phone on Windows Phone platform also. Since Microsoft has some restrictions over user interface overlays and inner components in its phones, HTC has taken the freedom and flexibility in adding camera features and camera user interfaces to Titan II. Of course, it might have induced HTC to design a new Windows Phone handset with great camera features.

    According to HTC, the Titan II will come with 16-megapixel camera and F2.6 aperture, which is ideal for capturing images and videos in low light conditions. The handset will further feature a backlit illuminated sensor. However, it is sad to know that the Titan II will not support 1080p HD as the device is run by a single core processor. That means you can capture images at 720p resolution only.

    It is quite amazing that the HTC phone will come with features such as panorama mode, BurstMode, flicker adjustment and image stabilizer. Moreover, you have saturation, white balance, sharpness controls and contrast on the device. Beyond the basic camera features, Titan II is also to come with various shooting modes such as Candle Light, Night Portrait, Backlight Portrait, Beach, Text and much more.

    4G LTE compatibility
    The Titan II is to become the first handset on Windows Phone to feature 4G LTE compatibility. The device will work on AT&T, the second leading provider of 4G LTE service in the country. However, AT&T’s 4G LTE is not much competent and perfect.

    Other specs
    The Titan II will have a 4.7-inch display with higher resolution. Indeed, the display should provide better clarity because it is to show you the images you take on the 16-megapixel rear camera of the device. Design wise, the Titan II almost looks like its original version. But due to the 4G LTE chip, it is slightly thicker (0.01 inches) than the original Titan, one of the first phones to run on Windows Phone 7.5 Mango.

    Operating System
    The new HTC Titan will run Windows Phone 7.5 Mango, the latest version of Microsoft mobile OS. The Mango is up with lots of incredible features including Metro style apps. Indeed, the Mango competes with Apple iOS 5 and Google Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

    Battery life has been a noted shortcoming of the Titan. And so, giving relief to users, HTC has increased the battery of Titan II from 1600mAh to 1730mAh.

    Leading competitors
    HTC Titan II faces stiff challenge from Lumia 900, which was announced by the Finnish mobile maker for AT&T. Customers have two big Windows Phone-based handset options this year. Lumia 900, which was displayed at CES 2012, has been receiving rave reviews.

    What others say?
    Ginny Mies’ of PCWorld says that with Titan II and Lumia 900, Windows Phone has two nice products,

    “This has been an exciting show for Microsoft’s mobile operating system with the announcements of both the Titan 2 and the Nokia Lumia 900 on AT&T’s LTE 4G network. Finally, Windows Phone is getting enticing hardware–and its about darn time.”

    Let us see what TechnoBloom says of the upcoming Titan II,”

    “The HTC Titan II is the successor to the original HTC Titan and as mentioned earlier was made official through AT&T’s announcement of the device at CES 2012. Like its predecessor, the HTC Titan II has “Titan”-ic proportions with the handset measuring 132 x 69 x 13 mm and tipping the scales at 147 grams.”

    AT&T is to start selling the Titan II for a price of $199 with data contract in March this year. In fact, we are about to witness an intense battle between the Titan II and Lumia 900 in the U.S. market. Both devices will come with Windows Phone 7.5 Mango.