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HTC Radar 4G, on Windows Phone Mango, headed to T-Mobile

September 27, 2011 | 12:41 pm

HTC Radar 4G from T-Mobile

The HTC Radar is headed to T-Mobile, the nation's fourth-largest carrier announced Tuesday.

The Radar, which HTC first announced on Sept. 1 without naming a carrier partner, will run Microsoft Windows Phone 7 Mango and feature a 3.8-inch display with a 480 x 800 resolution. It also looks like it will have a slickly designed aluminum and plastic body, as many HTC smart phones do.

One thing we didn't know before, but isn't much of a surprise, is that the Radar will run on T-Mobile's 4G network -- specifically its HSPA+ 14.4 4G network, which means it will be on the lower end of the carrier's 4G phones in terms of speed.

Two details that have yet to be disclosed so far are a specific release date and a price for the Radar.

All T-Mobile is saying as of now is that the Radar will arrive in time for the holidays.

As for other details: The handset will be powered by a 1-gigahertz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and feature a dedicated camera button, which activates a 5-megapixel/720p camera with an LED flash on the back. A front-facing camera handles video chats.

The Radar will have 8 gigabytes of storage built in, 512-megabytes of RAM and come in at just under half an inch thick.

The specs aren't lousy by any means, but they also don't match the higher-end standards we're seeing of more RAM, faster processors and 8-megapixel cameras, so I'd expect this phone to come in at a price below $200.

When HTC announced the Radar, it also announced the Titan smart phone, which likewise is set to launch this fall. Like the Radar, the Titan will run Windows Phone Mango. And the Titan will feature the higher-end specs of the two phones, with a 4.7-inch touchscreen, 1.5-gigahertz processor, 1-gigabyte of RAM and an 8-megapixel camera.

However, T-Mobile won't be selling the Titan, said Kelsey Richards, a spokeswoman for the carrier.

As we get information on release dates and pricing, we'll keep you posted on the Technology blog, and we'll review the phones in-hand and on video too.


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Image: The HTC Radar smart phone running Windows Phone 7. Credit: HTC