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HTC Desire Z to Launch in November Exclusively for Bell (Rumor Mill)

If this rumor is to be believed, Desire Z, one of HTC’s upcoming international Android phones, is launching exclusively for Bell Mobility in late November this year.

There’s no word on pricing yet, but this is a big win for Bell, because I believe the Desire Z will sell very well, if only for the fact that it has one of the best smartphone physical keyboards on the market right now. Not to mention that it comes with Android 2.2 Froyo straight out of the gate. Fans of both Android and physical keyboards, are going to be extremely happy with this phone.

[Warning: Entering super nerdy section…]
The Bell Mobility Desire Z has a new generation CPU at 800 Mhz, which has shown in benchmarks and real usage that it?s still faster than the old generation CPU. The new CPU is also manufactured at 45 nm, while the old one was manufactured at 65 nm. This means it brings considerable improvement in battery efficiency.

The phone also comes with a new generation GPU (graphics processing unit), Adreno 205, which has about 4x the performance of its old Adreno 200 GPU. While this is great news, I feel that Qualcomm, the company that makes both Snapdragon CPU and the Adreno GPU, are falling behind in GPU technology. The GPU in Galay S is already better, and it came earlier. In just a few months we should also see Nvidia?s Tegra 2 chip in smartphones, which comes with Geforce 9 graphics.

In 2011, the king of specs will not be the CPU anymore, but the GPU. The avalanche of 3D games that will come to Android, higher 720p display resolutions, and hardware acceleration for both the UI of Android and its browser, among other things like Flash acceleration, will mean that the GPU will become a very important spec in the phone.

[Ending super nerdy section…]

In case you can?t wait for the phone to show up on Bell to see what else it has, here?s the full list of specs for Desire Z:

– 800 MHz MSM7230 Processor
– Android 2.2 (Froyo) with HTC Sense
– Internal phone storage: 1.5 GB
– RAM: 512 MB
– 119 x 60.4 x 14.16 mm (4.69 x 2.38 x 0.56 inches)
– 180 grams (6.35 ounces) with battery
– 3.7-inch SLCD touch screen with 480 x 800 resolution
– HSPA/WCDMA: ? Europe/Asia: 900/2100 MHz ? Upload speed of up to 5.76 Mbps and download speed of up to 14.4 Mbps
– Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
– Optical Trackpad
– Z-slider QWERTY keyboard
– Internal GPS antenna
– G-Sensor
– Digital compass
– Proximity sensor
– Ambient light sensor
– Bluetooth? 2.1 with FTP/OPP for file transfer, A2DP for wireless stereo headsets, and PBAP for phonebook access from the car kit
– IEEE 802.11b/g/n WiFi
– 3.5 mm stereo audio jack Standard micro-USB (5-pin micro-USB 2.0)
– 5.0 megapixel color camera with auto focus and flashlight
– 720p HD video recording
– Audio supported formats ? Playback: .aac, .amr, .ogg, .m4a, .mid, .mp3, .wav, .wma (Windows Media Audio 9) ? Recording: .amr
– Video supported formats ? Playback: .3gp, .3g2, .mp4, .wmv (Windows Media Video 9) ? Recording: .3gp
– 1300 mAh Battery
– Talk time: ? Up to 400 minutes for WCDMA ? Up to 590 minutes for GSM
– Standby time: ? Up to 430 hours for WCDMA ? Up to 430 hours for GSM
– microSD expansion (SD 2.0 compatible)
– 100 ~ 240 V AC, 50/60 Hz DC output: 5 V and 1 A AC adaptor
– Share pictures, video or music to your big screen TV or PC display via DLNA? (Digital Living Network Alliance

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