Looking back at the HTC Surround, with the slide-out surround sound speaker

Looking back at the HTC Surround, with the slide-out surround sound speaker
One of the first Windows Phone 7 models to launch, the HTC Surround received its name from a specific feature. The phone was equipped with a slide-out Dolby speaker that presented surround sound with the tap of a button. Released in the U.S. on November 8th, 2010 as an AT&T exclusive ($199.99 with a two-year contract), the Surround came equipped with a 3.8-inch LCD display carrying a 480 x 800 (WVGA) resolution. Under the hood was the Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 QSD8250 chipset containing a single-core 1GHz Scorpion CPU and the Adreno 200 GPU.

The Surround came with 448MB of RAM and 16GB of native storage. On back was a 5MP camera with 720p HD video capabilities. The Surround did not offer a front-facing camera, but did come with a 1230mAh battery. A kickstand  hidden on back allowed users to view content at the perfect angle. Windows Phone 7 was pre-installed, and the device did eventually receive an update to Windows Phone 7.5. Less than a year after its launch, the HTC Surround was removed from the AT&T website.

Our review of the HTC Surround gave the phone a score of 8.5 out of 10. Despite such promise, the platform never caught on and remains a distant third after Android  and iOS.

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  • Display 3.8" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S1, Single core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB
  • Battery 1230 mAh(4.16h 3G talk time)



1. kiko007

Posts: 7521; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Looks so badass. I would totally buy an updated version with Sense 9 on board.

2. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Agreed. With a high fidelity audio dac and an updated boomsound equalizer it'd be a phone to beat.

7. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Moto Z Force with the Speaker attachment should serve similar purpose, albeit not exactly Sense 9 and pointless lacking headphone jack...

3. Carbonatedcheeze

Posts: 11; Member since: Dec 16, 2016

"The Surround did not offer a front-facing camera, but did come with a 1230mAh battery", well the battery has to be there, is there any other option? :) [a smiley to indicate that I'm neither being arrogant nor I am complaining]

4. redmd

Posts: 1949; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

HTC could revive this device, we need more compact phones. , of course with Android in it, there's not much going on with Windows phone. OS.

5. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3168; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

WP7.5 was so much better than 8 or 10. The UI alone was worth it.

6. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

it actually sounded terrible and th3 design was very flimsy. but you gave it an 8.5?

9. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

that when they still use balanced unbiased review standart.. the old moto X pure get 9.1 and droid turbo get 9.2 and everything changed since last year, lol... chinese low end 4.0-7.0 low-end 4.0-7.5 mid-ranger 5.0-8.0 android flagship 7.0-8.9 apple 9.0-99999.0

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iBend, uMad

8. arming

Posts: 65; Member since: Jul 23, 2016

Htc will bankrupt in near future .

10. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

no.. but probably google, BBK, or even xiaomi will buy HTC.. since HTC hold tons of patent and they own manufacturing plant

12. Dallaslegend81

Posts: 11; Member since: Mar 03, 2017

Man I remember trying my best to get this phone but at the time I had bad credit and had to pay a high deposit just to get the service. I know I missed out :,(

13. SleeperOne

Posts: 370; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

Man, I still play around with the Mango based launcher (whatever it was called), Windows Phone 7 was a thing of simple beauty (flaws noted).

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