The HTC Mega is a TouchFLO 3D handset for those who like to squeeze a buck

The HTC Mega is a TouchFLO 3D handset for those who like to squeeze a buck
Looking at the list of specs, one could imagine the HTC Mega costing mega-bucks as many of the top HTC models do. Equipped with TouchFLO 3D, the Mega comes with the Opera Mobile browser, Windows Mobile 6.5, and a Qualcomm 528MHz processor. But to bring the cost of the unit down, HTC has cut some corners here and there. For example, the 3.2MP camera is fixed focus. The display is touchscreen, but is 2.8 inches with 240 x 320 pixels of resolution. A 1100mAh battery powers the whole shebang. Well, at least there still is a battery powering the phone instead of a gerbil on a wheel.

Outside of the small cost saving features, the Mega still looks like a rich HTC model from the moment that you see the large analog clock and notifications on the home page. And you are still going to get the use of TouchFLO 3D and the Opera browser. Our previous report had discussed a 4th quarter release for this phone at a price point of about $300 U.S. Dollars without a subsidy. Now $300 is nothing to sneeze at in today's economy, but it certainly is lower than the off contract prices seen for the Touch Pro2 and other more feature packed HTC handsets. But if you are looking for a smartphone that skims just a bit off the hardware in order to keep the software top notch, keep checking this space for a launch date and definitive pricing info for the HTC Mega.

HTC Mega Preliminary Specifications

source: ai.rs


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5 Comments

1. Kiltlifter

Posts: 742; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

This is what happens when people don't appreciate the value of a device. Apple is able to sell the iPhone so cheaply because they are subsidized by AT&T. AT&T takes a huge hit in the price of the device to make it cheaper, then makes up the revenue (just barely I might add) over the term of the contract the customer signs for the device. Apple also gets a portion of data plan sales. HTC doesn't have that levying power as they make more than one device, they do not have the economies of scale exploytation that apple does as they make both gsm and cdma phones, and numerous models for both....... This is what I meant by you get what you pay for, and if you only wanna pay 200.00 you are going to get crap... Enjoy!

2. Kiltlifter

Posts: 742; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

On another note... Not to say that this device won't sell, because it will. Many people don't need/want a super high-end phone. BUT, the users like me who appreciate a phone's value if it includes a 480X800 resolution screen, 5-12mp camera with autofocus and with both digital and optical zoom, with rediculous RAM and super-fast processing power (like Qualcomm's Snapdragon) are the ones losing out. I would gladly pay $600-800 for a phone like this becuase I would keep it for 2+ years as it would still be close to top of the line in 2011. Would you rather pay for a really good device now and keep it for 2-4 years, or upgrade for $200-300 every year? Personally I go for option 1, rather than constant upgrade. But I know in Japan, Europe, and USA people tend to keep a phone for only 9-18 months. I think if you just purchased a better phone to begin with, that habit would drastically change. I am happy with my vogue and paid 399.99 with a 2yr contract and a $70 mail-in rebate in April of 2008 and have yet to upgrade becuase the current devices that are out are not that much of an upgrade to convince me to change. When the TD2 comes out for VZW I will probably upgrade, which will most likely be in April or May the way VZW works and then i can use my NE2. And I will gladly pay 499.99 for it if necessary if it has the 480x800 screen, 5mp camera and 288 ROM, 512 RAM, and a 600+mHz processor (although I would prefer a snapdragon like th TG01, but that phone seems like it will never pan out CDMA as it has become a ghost phone as of late).

5. MTLance unregistered

lol I go with you on option 1, I mean a good phone can really last you ages especially something like the iPhone it is very futuristic and expandable over the years. Atm I have my iPhone and I find it pretty useful overall, i.e. a music player, a console(games), a phone, IM+ App with Instant Messaging Function, Video, Reminder, Alarm, etc. You name it. For those who changes phone all the time must be feed these companies big $$$, and not only that these people ain't that rich. And not only that they ain't rich, they got stuck with debts what a poor financial planning no wonder not much people can afford iPhone, for those people who cannot afford iPhone are the people who upgrades their phone all the time, I mean in general standards people not business users.

3. rath

Posts: 25; Member since: Aug 14, 2009

HTC have the smallest speaker and sound is weakest compared to others. HTC needed to put bigger and louder speaker and 3.5mm jack for a music lovers and texters.

4. behold--me

Posts: 679; Member since: Jun 22, 2009

htc not aiming for music n txters more along business ppl get a samsung or nokia if u want the music/ good txtin phones

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