Specs summary


The HTC Desire HD's screen is 4.3 inches with 480 x 800 pixels resolution.


There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD8255 1 GHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on the Android 2.2 Froyo (Update Available: 2.3.5 Gingerbread) operating system (OS).

8+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 8+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

1.5 GB

Internal memory is 1.5 GB. An external, MicroSD (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1230 mAh battery. HTC's performance ratings are 17.5 days standby time, 550 minutes (2G), 320 minutes (3G).

I have to admit that this was the first Android device that made me really start appreciating some of what Android can do.

- Mitchell Oke and Dan Cohen , Gear Diary 

Reviews summary

Based on 5 reviews

The HTC Desire HD is a peacock among pigeons, strutting a massive 4.3-inch capacitive touch screen wrapped in a lightweight aluminum body. The screen offers a very impressive 480 x 800 pixel resolution, which means crazy-crisp text and images.

Powered by Android's 2.2 OS incarnation, and running at an impressive 1000 MHz processor speed, the HTC Desire HD is a powerhouse ready to take on anything you have to throw its way.

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Oh, did I mention the fabulous 8MP camera? Yeah, yeah, and it has dual LED flash, auto-focus, face detection and Geo-tagging, so taking pictures and video is more fun than ever. Owning to its namesake, you can video record in 1280 x 720p, which is straight up HD quality.

Add a music player, a full, wonderful internet browsing experience, FM radio, one-touch access to thousands of apps via the Android Marketplace, built-in Facebook, YouTube and Twitter applications, and you have a very powerful device that can help you during your work day and enhance your social interaction.

And as the television pitchman loves to say, "But wait, there's more!". Packed into this sleek device is Bluetooth 2.1, Wi-Fi, a 3.5mm headset jack, tethering capability, A-GPS and expandable memory via microSD. The HTC Desire HD is an excellent and well-built device that puts the user front and center. It gives you the power to do stuff! Nice job HTC.

Reviews (8.5/10 Avg. rating)

Digital Versus

It's got a big processor, loads of memory and a powerful camera

from Digital Versus
The Desire HD's super-charged hardware, show-off screen and updated HTC Sense interface make it a great super-smartphone. So why does it have such appalling battery life?.. Full review
Gear Diary

In a lot of ways it doesn’t feel like a particularly new device

from Gear Diary

That brings me to my final comment on the device- the speakerphone. My HTC (iMate) Jam’s speaker was horrid. When I upgraded to the next generation Jam I found that the speaker functionality was… HORRID. Fast forward a few years and the speakerphone on the Inspire 4G is still pretty lousy. I tried to use it for a number of phone calls and ended up putting my headset every time. It really is the weak link in an otherwise good device.

It may sound like I didn’t like the Inspire 4G but that is not the case. There is a ton to like on this device and at a price of $... Full review


The best thing about the Desire HD might also be one of its downsides: it's BIG

from Softpedia
Without taking into consideration the small issues with the phone's build finishes, the Desire HD has almost a stellar design. If not for the pieces of plastic and that cover different part of the device, this would have been a 10 out of 10. However, there's another problem that makes the phone less appealing than its big size, and that's the crappy battery. If you can get past this, HTC Desire HD is powerful Android smartphone that offers great functionality... Full review

Great web browser & superb video playback experience

from MobileBurn

The HTC Desire HD is one of two new high-end Android handsets from HTC, and provides an upgraded feature set over the original Desire, with a focus on multimedia. It is packed with new features such as an upgraded 8 megapixel autofocus camera, a larger 4.3" touchscreen, and extras like Dolby Mobile and DLNA media sharing.

That's not all, though, because the Desire HD is running the Android 2.2 (Froyo) OS, with an updated version of its HTC Sense UI on-board to liven things up. The original Desire's 1GHz processor remains, but, disappointingly, the battery has been sized dow... Full review

To start this off, I must state that I was a huge fan of the original HTC Desire. Its sleek design and stealthy look gave it an instant feel of superiority over the other Android devices I have had the pleasure of demoing. That being said, I was quite excited to hear that the new HTC Desire HD was u... More
To start this off, I must state that I was a huge fan of the original HTC Desire. Its sleek design and stealthy look gave it an instant feel of superiority over the other Android devices I have had the pleasure of demoing. That being said, I was quite excited to hear that the new HTC Desire HD was up for release, and I could not wait to get my hands on it. Fresh out of the box, the phone had a great feel to it. The device was sleek and thin, but it definitely has some weight to it. I immediately noticed that the battery and the SD/SIM card slots were in different compartments enabling easy access to hotswapping of cards. I took the plastic protector away from the battery leads, popped in the SIM, and I was ready to go. I turned on the device and it immediately returned the favor, as HTC has added a new feature, Fastboot, which enables the device to power up and load the OS in 5 seconds or less. The HD has a 4.3” brightly lit LCD panel capable of 800x480 resolution, and the touchscreen is amazingly responsive. The 1GHz Snapdragon dual-core processor appears to be more than sufficient for the amazing lineup of app that come standard with the device, and of course with 230,000+ apps available to date, the customization possibilities are endless. The camera is a stunning 8mp with autofocus and dual LED flash, which features facial detection and geotagging capability, and adds gravy to the mix with the 720p video capturing capability. The phone comes standard with 1.5gb of internal memory, and throws in an 8gb MicroSD card preinstalled into the device. While this may seem like a lot, they have also given you the option of upgrading your added memory to a whopping 32gb. Supplies of the HTC Desire HD are already limited in the UK, despite 3 different cellular providers carrying the device. I foresee the same issue here in North America, so get if you are an avid Android fan I suggest you grab one while you can! Less

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Full Specs

Release date October 25, 2010
Regions available USA, Canada, Europe
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
900/2100 MHz
SIM Card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 2.2 Froyo (Update Available: 2.3.5 Gingerbread)

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD8255 1 GHz
Internal Flash Memory
1.5 GB
RAM 768 MB
Digital compass Yes
FlightMode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
Noise Cancellation Unknown
SAR Unknown
Languages English, Spanish
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Headset, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & Battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1230 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging Unknown
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Wi-Fi Surfing Time Unknown
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time Unknown
Talk Time Up to:
550 minutes (2G)
320 minutes (3G)
Standby Time Up to: 17.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Unknown
Colors Black, Brown
Dimensions [H x W x D] 11.9 x 6.1 x 1.5 cm
(4.7 x 2.4 x 0.6 in)
Weight 184 grams
(6.5 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged Design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 480 x 800 pixels
Pixel Density Unknown
Size 4.3 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Unknown
Screen Orientation Lock Unknown
Multi Touch Unknown
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating Unknown
Additional Display Features No
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Unknown
Home Key Unknown
Mute Key Unknown
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical Keyboard Unknown
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer Yes
Voice Commands No
Keypad / Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Unknown
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browsing Type HTML
Browser Google Android
Javascript No
Flash Yes
Email Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features No
Messaging Services SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
USB Mini-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 2.1
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP
WiFi 802.11 b/g
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
Expansion Slots Yes
Expansion Slots Info MicroSD (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV-out Yes
DLNA Support Unknown
NFC Unknown
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Main Camera  
Aperture Unknown
Resolution 8+ megapixels
Dual Lens No
Zoom Yes
Flash Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info Auto focus, Face detection, Geotagging
Video Recording Formats 3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters HD (1280 x 720 pixels)
Front Camera  
Zoom No
Additional Front Camera Info No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, AAC, AMR, WMA, WAV, M4A, OGG
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers No
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Unknown
Speakerphone Yes
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch No
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Unknown
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
Notepad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps No
Included Software / Apps No
Additional Comments 8GB microSD Memory Card included
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