End of the line for the HTC Surround
The HTC Surround was released on November 8, 2010 along with fellow Windows Phone handset the Samsung Focus. A day later, the QWERTY packing LG Quantum hit the shelves. It is not official that the HTC Surround has been discontinued but a simple search on AT&T’s website is returned with a grim message that the item is no longer available.
With its sliding Dolby Mobile speaker, the HTC Surround is a unique device. It features a 3.8-inch LCD display and was powered by a 1GHz processor. On the back of the Surround is a 5 megapixel camera that can record video in 720p HD. In addition to the sliding speaker it had a kickstand to make video watching easier.
Even though the end of the HTC Surround means the beginning of the end of a generation of Windows Phone devices, its end should also help usher in the next generation of Windows powered smartphones. The Surround will be missed, but with phones like the HTC Titan and the Samsung Focus S around the corner the future of Windows devices for AT&T looks bright.
1. Mario b. (unregistered)
come on htc titan , release already in the u.s.a
2. snowgator (Posts: 3397; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
It is tough to be an original device, and the Surround was unique. It was a moderate success. But it was not nearly as good a device as the 4" Focus, and really the full keyboard of the Quantum was a better draw. In my small burb, my AT&T rep said the Quantum was the bigger seller. Looking excitedly to the Titan and Focus S, and hoping for a Verizon WP For another choice.
3. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1117; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)
Gotta say this phone had a kinda pointless design. Who would be willing to sacrifice thinness for a slide out speaker? Heck, would want a slide out speaker anyways? If it could slide the opposite direction as well with a full keyboard--that'd be awesome. But nope. Won't be missed.
4. King85Kong (Posts: 11; Member since: 17 Sep 2011)
I just wish WP7 would release new phones quicker. I want to buy a new phone but nothing to buy. Getting tired of waiting. Come on, get with it and release phones already. I can't believe it's taken Nokia this long to release their first phone. Goingssslllloooowwww.
5. lubba (Posts: 1313; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)
Yes I too eagerly await for their second generation phones. Note though MS will be supporting dual core, and they are working to bring the best camera to the market. These few second generation phones does not have such. I guess I'm gonna have to wait a little longer. My HD7 is still the best and will serve me for another year or so until...