AT&T shows off Windows Phone-powered HTC Titan II at CES

One of the first announcements to come out of the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show was for the Windows Phone.

According to AT&T, the phone carrier will carry the HTC Titan II with the Windows Phone operating system in the next few months. The device, shown off at AT&T's CES keynote, will feature a 16-megapixel camera and LTE support.

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer reportedly was on stage during the AT&T keynote Jan. 9, although his swan song keynote at CES wasn't until that evening.

The Titan is HTC's gargantuan smart phone. The display on the Titan is 4.7 inches, and the size will be the same for the Titan II.

The amount of megapixels in the camera, however, is doubled. Granted, megapixels alone is no indicator of quality. I've used 5-megapixel cameras on an HTC Trophy (Windows Phone), a Samsung Focus (Windows Phone) and an Apple iPhone 4, and the quality was mediocre, good and very good, respectively.

That said, the Titan II's titanic rear camera will come with a fast, wide-angle lens, image stabilization, a panorama mode and burst shot mode, among other features, indicating that HTC is paying attention to the optics.

What it does show is that the pace of Windows Phone device releases appears to be quickening. By Windows Phone standards, certainly, the first Titan was just released, and now there's a new one. Meanwhile, the device's LTE support on AT&T is an interesting wrinkle in the recent spat between Verizon and Microsoft over LTE support.

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Reader Comments

Thu, Jan 12, 2012 John Tevis Olympia WA

I have a HTC Titan that I love so this article caught me eye. My phone already has an 8 meg-pix camera that makes pictures much bigger than I would ever need to print. A 16 meg-pix camera is very high tech but not much more useful than an 8 meg. camera. Now if you would have said that the New Titan II had: A better battery that would last days instead of one day, or A higher res screen. higher than the existing 400x800 screen, or A dual core processor, or A DS memory card slot, or All the above. Then you would be talking about something great and much more usable. I don't think these things are extravagant particularly high tech and In my opinion any of them are more useful than a 16 meg camera.

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