HTC Legend Announced: The Unibody Hero of your Dreams



HTC officially announced the Legend today. While the Nexus one doesn’t need to feel completely ashamed, it certainly looks like HTC has taken their shot at putting “best Android Phone this week” back on their mantle.

The Legend is the spiritual successor to the Hero: it has the same angled design with the classic Android ‘chin.’ Material-wise, however, we have a whole different ball game here. Like Apple’s MacBooks, the Legend is carved out of a single piece of aluminium (plus the screen and battery door, natch). HTC also upped the game by dropping the trackball off the Legend and replacing it with an optical trackpad. Unlike the optical trackpad you find on BlackBerrys, HTC’s version has the optical sensor in a little hole surrounded by the button. We’ll have to see if it works as well as the BlackBerry ‘button-as-sensor’ implementation, but at the very least it looks more elegant.

Sense-wise, there’s a small update. You can pinch-out to get a view of all the Sense screens, social networking has been cleaned up and aggregation improved, and they’ve added a newsreader widget/app. Spec-wise, there’s noth

  • Size: 112 x 56.3 x 11.5 mm (4.41 x 2.22 x 0.45 inches)
  • Weight: 126 grams (4.44 ounces) with battery
  • Display: AMOLED, 3.2 inches Resolution: 320 X 480 HVGA
  • CPU: 600 MHz
  • Battery type:: 1300 mAh,  Talk time: Up to 440 mins on 3G.
  • Camera: 5 megapixel color camera
  • 3.5 mm stereo audio jack, Standard micro-USB
  • AndroidTM 2.1 (Éclair) with HTC Sense
  • ROM: 512 MB RAM: 384 MB
  • WiFi, Bluetooth
  • Supports up to 32 GB microSD

For bands, we have 900/2100 3G and quad-band Edge, which means we’re looking at Europe and Asia for this lovely monster of a phone. It hits Vodafone in Europe in April and “other parts of the world including Asia in early Q2.” It hits us right in the kisser – come on, HTC, let’s see some US 3G here.